Kudos to young talents

Muhammad Rahimi Ilyias receiving his Pandemic Leadership Award from Chow during the ceremony.

THE Penang government through Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC) launched a number of thoughtful initiatives last year.

The initiatives include Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2021, PYDC Essential Skills Programme, Web Design Competition 2021 ‘Empowering Young Digital Talent’ and Three-Day Digital Marketing Course.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that the state would continue to implement and support programmes targeted at developing the digital skills of all Penangites, particularly youths.

He hoped for more collaborative measures among all stakeholders including government agencies, private businesses and educational institutions to bridge the digital divide.

Chow was speaking at the Young Excellence Awards (YEA) presentation ceremony 2021 at The Ship Campus in Batu Kawan near Nibong Tebal.

Also present were Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee, PYDC general manager Dr Gwee Sai Ling, Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) president Datuk Seri Hong Yeam Wah, PCCC Young Entrepreneur Section chairman Lee Toong Leon and vice- chairman-cum-YEA organising chairman Goh Hun Guan.

Chow said the awards were in line with the Penang2030 vision to be a smart, green and family- focused state.

“Despite its negative consequences, Covid-19 has aided in the rapid advancement of industries across the board and accelerated technological innovation globally.

“Entrepreneurs and frontliners are critical components of any country’s economy as they supplement the government’s contributions to the people.

“Entrepreneurs who think outside the box can contribute significantly to the country’s development of technology and solutions that will have a positive and long-term impact, especially in the post–pandemic world,” Chow stressed.

The inaugural YEA 2021 received nearly 300 submissions, and 68 people emerged winners.

There were a total of 15 award categories.

They included Business Performance, Pandemic Business Growth, Technology Entrepreneur, Green Initiative, Brand, Social Media and Influencer, Woman Entrepreneur, Rookie Million Achievement, E-commerce, E-sports, Pandemic Volunteer, Pandemic Leadership, Pandemic Professional, University Leader ship, and University Athlete.

“Through these awards, we can see that Penang is endowed with smart young entrepreneurs who play vital roles in economic productivity.

“With a future reimagined, I am confident that Penang’s youths have the ability to achieve business excellence in the fourth industrial revolution.

“During this era, we will see a convergence of technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics plus internet of things,” said Chow.

Soon, in his speech, said the main objective of YEA 2021 was to acknowledge the willingness of young entrepreneurs and frontliners to go out of their comfort zone to achieve great things.

He said that the programme served as an important platform for Penang’s youths, practitioners and other individuals to come together and exchange their views on developing Penang.

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