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The digital economy: a new frontier for Sabah

Published on 12 March 2018|
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Sabah will certainly benefit in the future from e-commerce and the digital economy industry.

by Tommy Duncan & Charles L, Carrybeans

Strengthening the state’s e-commerce platform

The ‘Championing Sabah’s Digital Economy Seminar’ was held on Wednesday (7 March 2018), at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa.

The event was organised by the Ministry of Industrial Development (MID) and supported by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Ministry of Resource Development & Information Technology, Department of Industrial Development and Research, State Computer Services Department, KKIP Sdn Bhd, Sabah Net Sdn Bhd, Sabah Computer Society as well as Sabah E-Commerce Association.

The session opened at 09:00am with a panel discussion on state tourism and the move into digital.

Dane Kovacs (Amazing Borneo Tours & Events head content producer, Tony Mah (ipay88 senior manager) and Uzaidi Udanis (Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association president) sat on the panel. Suzaini Datuk Sabdin Ghani (Sabah Tourism Board general manager) acted as the moderator. The session focused on how digital economy is impacting the local tourism industry.

At 10:00am, the event took off

Launched by the Chief Minister of Sabah, YAB Tan Sri Datuk Sri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, this one day event was attended by 1,150 participants. It aims to spread and share the knowledge of the digital market as well as to encourage entrepreneurship in e-commerce.

Speaking at the conference, Musa stated that he was pleased with the initiative by the Ministry and highlighted the industrial development of the state is the direction of the development of Sabah.

He added that the industrial investment that the State collected from 2013 until June 2017 amounted to RM10.48 billion with 11,416 job opportunities created, an achievement that Sabahans should be proud of.

He also mentioned an additional RM1 million allocation for the Ministry of Industrial Development.

Taking Sabah to a higher level

Musa also said that the Government is always keen to adapt and adjust the current policies in order to provide more space, opportunities and applications for such markets so that a conducive platform for e-commerce can be created.

“I met with the Prime Minister and he agreed to allocate RM500 million for the upcoming Tanjung Aru Eco Development Project (TAED) as well as RM250 million for Sabah International Convention Center (SICC),” the chief minister shared. 

Also happening at the conference was the soft launch of local e-commerce platform, BORNEOKAKI. Through this, the Ministry of Industrial Development’s Sabah Supply Chain and Outsourcing Centre hopes to promote local products overseas as well as reduce living costs of the rakyat.

What say the exhibitors?

Tan Mei Chin, Easy Parcel senior marketing manager said she is really grateful that MDEC chose to invite them to the event. She hopes this event will create more exposure for their booking platform and increase demand for their services.

Eva Tan, who operates a home-based healthy vegetables noodles business, said that she was invited by MID after they got her information from MDEC. The Lahad Datu-born businesswoman said she is now selling her products through Lazada and other online platforms.

What does the public say?

“I am planning to build my own cosmetic line!” said Arliana from Selangor. She is currently pursuing a course in  Tourism Management at UMS, while Malentauzini George, also a UMS student is keen to develop her own cosmetic line and sell her products online.

Both felt the seminar was informative and made them feel motivated to start an online business. Good job, everyone!

What do you think of KK moving more into e-commerce? Have you ever wondered if KK will one day be a cashless society? Let us hear your thoughts below!

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