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Date: 10 MARCH 2011


  1. To educate and disseminate useful information to various development programs; and
  2. To inform/update on the financial assistance that are provided by the government to the local SMEs.

Topics of presentations by the speakers were:

Session I

Chairperson : Dato’ Dr Goh Ban Lee, Senior Research Fellow of SERI

  • Promoted Sector and Opportunities in Penang by Ms. Loo Lee Lian, General Manager of invest-in-Penang Berhad
  • Centre of Excellence Programmes by Mr. Leong Boon Yong, Senior Manager of Northern Corridor Implementation Agency (NCIA)
  • Exploring Export Opportunities with MATRADE by Mr. Suresh Kumar Palasanthiran, Director of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) Penang
  • An Update on Incentives in the Manufacturing and Services Sectors by Ms. Afidah Binti Mastor, Director of Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) Penang
  • Enhancing Business Efficiency Through Productivity and Quality by Ms. Sarimah Misman, Director of Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) Penang

Session II

Chairperson : Mr. Ooi Kok Seng, Chairman of Penang Branch Malaysian Institute of Accountants

  • Free Trade Agreements (FTA) – Latest Developments & Opportunities for Malaysian Business Communityby Puan Ellyza Mastura binti Ahmad Hanipiah, Principal Assistant Director of FTA Division of MITI Headquarter KL
  • Realigning Malaysian SMEs To The New Economic Model and 10th Malaysia Plan by Mr. Tajul Ariffin Jamaludin, Director of SME Corp. Malaysia Penang
  • MIDF – The Solution To Your Financing Challenges by Mr. Mohammad Azhary Abdul Aziz, Account Manager of Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad (MIDF) Penang
  • SME Bank’s Role in Promoting the Establishment and Growth of SMEs in Malaysia by Mr. Zool Amali b Senawi, Assistant Manager of  SME Bank Seberang Jaya.


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