State entrepreneur, cooperatives development, science and technology committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali said some of the programmes lined up included the Johor International Islamic and Halal Festival and entrepreneurship grant dubbed “Geran Orang Lokal” (GOL).
“The state government allocated RM6mil during last year’s budget announcement so that we can run these 16 major events that are divided into 94 programmes throughout the year.
“A total of RM1.5mil has been allocated for the GOL initiative to help entrepreneurs kick-start their businesses this year,” he said after attending the Johor Entrepreneurship Council meeting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail, Kota Iskandar here.
Sheikh Umar said the GOL initiative received overwhelming response from the public, with close to 2,000 grant applications.
“But we only managed to approve 279 applications so that is why we are continuing this initiative this year,” he added.
He said the state was planning to approach more cooperative businesses especially those in schools as part of a long-term plan to get youths to venture into business.
Sheikh Umar said a digital data centre for entrepreneurs or “Pusat Data Usahawan” (Padu) would be introduced later this year with the aim of bridging the gap between businesses and customers with the help of the Internet and the promotion of digital economy.
“We will also take part in the 2020 Malaysia Games (Sukma) and the ongoing Visit Johor 2020 campaign where we plan to promote local products from our SMEs.
“We have planned to bring back the Johor Entrepreneur Award which is expected to be held in October,” he said.
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