KUANTAN: The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) is urging more companies to register as the corporation’s members to take advantage of the various benefits provided.
Matrade exporters development department senior director Zulkepli Mohd Perai said a registered company would have direct access to the latest market information, trade leads and programmes.
“Members will be kept updated regularly on all Matrade programmes and activities. We can also assist in expanding businesses especially through effective matching with foreign buyers during events like the Malaysia International Halal Showcase and International Trade Malaysia,” he said after the launch of the Go-Global programme by Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob here recently.
He added that Matrade with its 43 overseas network could facilitate export promotion activities and provide useful information to help raise the competitive level of Malaysian exporters in the international market.
“The Government has strengthened Malaysia’s involvement with trade partners with Free Trade Agreements (FTA). So far, Malaysia has signed six two-way FTAs with Japan, Pakistan, New Zealand, India, Chile and Australia.
“Besides that, we are also involved in regional FTAs through Asean.
“Local entrepreneurs have to take proactive steps in getting the full benefit of these agreements,” he said.
Zulkepli said as at September, there were 12,122 companies registered as active Matrade members and out of this, 97 were from Pahang.
“The number is quite low from Pahang. Perhaps entrepreneurs are not fully aware of the services we provide,” he said, urging the Pahang business community to leverage on Matrade’s services.
Meanwhile, Adnan advised entrepreneurs to emulate the work attitude of local Chinese and Indian businessmen in order to be successful.
“There is no need for us to go to China to learn from the Chinese. Just take a look at our local Chinese and see how hardworking, focused and committed they are at doing business.
“Indians can also be successful just by renting a space to sell newspapers and sweets.
“This is perseverance and it should be taken as an example by Malay entrepreneurs,” he said, adding that Malays were prone to taking the easy way to make quick money without working hard for it.