KOTA KINABALU: Sabah entrepreneurs have been encouraged to fully utilise the small and medium industry product centres (IKS) in the state as a springboard to promote and sell their products throughout the country.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Joachim Gunsalam said entrepreneurs would be able to easily market their products, for instance in Peninsular Malaysia, with the opening of the centres which come under the State Industrial Development Ministry (MID).
Gunsalam, who is also the state Industrial Development Minister, urged Sabahan entrepreneurs to make full use of the facilities to promote their products.
“This includes everyone from coffee planters to coffee vendors, who should also enjoy economic prosperity,” he said when officiating at the launch of the Sabah International Coffee Festival at the Suria Sabah shopping mall here on Friday (Sept 30).
He said the festival was fully supported by the state government through his ministry as well as the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK).
This year’s festival saw 47 entrepreneurs from all over Sabah taking part.
Towards this end, Gunsalam thanked Shopee for coming and hoped the e-commerce platform could assist the participating entrepreneurs in promoting and selling their products.
He also hoped the period extension of the event to one month will make the festival a premiere event in Sabah and subsequently help attract international investments, apart from increasing tourism activities in the state.
“I also hope the participants will benefit from this event, in terms of sales, exposure and awareness, as the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia), Shopee and various other agencies also took part in the festival to share knowledge and assist in marketing Sabah products to the world,” he said.