Standing tall as top exporter

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019

Sharimahton (left) presenting a souvenir to Abdul Halim. Present is PDC general manager Mohd Bazaid Abd Kahar.

PENANG recorded the biggest export in the country, with a total of RM69.8bil of exports in the second quarter (April to June), despite having the least companies registered under Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade).

Matrade deputy CEO (Exporters Development) Sharimahton Mat Saleh said this was followed by Johor (RM64bil), and Selangor (RM62bil).

She said the total exports recorded were a slight increase from last year’s total exports of RM69.5bil in the same period.

“Among the merchandise exported were F&B products, machinery, equipment, electrical and electronics goods and also pharmaceutical products, ” she told reporters during a press conference after the launching of Penang 2019 Export Day at Vistana Hotel here recently.

The Penang 2019 Export Day event saw the participation of about 300 companies from the northern region.

The programme featured talks and business seminars on strategies to export to countries such as China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Sharimahton said there were not many companies from Penang registered with Matrade.

She said despite recording such large export figures, only 1,762 Penang companies out of a total of 24,212 nationally were registered.

“This means only 7% out of the total were from Penang, ” she said.

She urged more companies from Penang to register with Matrade so that they could access more information such as market intelligence, join Matrade export promotions and exporters development programmes including seminars and talks.

In the same press conference, domestic and international trade committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain said a digital marketing course had been organised by the state government to encourage more small and medium enterprises and micro business entrepreneurs to embrace e-commerce.

Abdul Halim said so far, the state government had trained 636 participants and targeted to have 1,000 trainees having joined by the year-end.

“This program is under the purview of my office with the help of Penang Development Corporation and several partners with online platforms such as Lazada and Shopee, ” he said.

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