Saturday, January 28

Symposium good platform for Bumiputera contractors to improve business skill — Rep

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Jamit (fourth right) and Nyabong (fifth right) pose with Mimie James (fourth left), winner of the indigenous handicraft competition in London, and others.

KAPIT: The ‘Symposium for Bumiputera Contractors’ is a good platform for Bumiputera contractors to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of contract works to improve their capability and capacity to handle government projects.

Besides that, it is a good avenue for them to learn about financial loans and technical training, Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit Unyat said.

Furthermore, he added, the participants would also learn more about running their businesses through sharing of experiences and talks by speakers from various agencies.

Jamit was speaking at the one-day ‘Bumiputera Contractors Symposium – Series 11’ at the Civic Centre here yesterday, representing Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, who is also Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development.

“Through this symposium, participants will be able to gain vital knowledge to do government projects through information sharing so that they know the proper procedures, scopes and specifications of works when awarded a contract. It is important to complete the contract on time and according to specifications by the implementing agency.

“Participants will also get to know where to apply for financial loan and technical training,” said Jamit.

A total of 368 Bumiputera contractors from Song, Bukit Mabong, Belaga and Kapit districts attended the symposium.

It was organised by the Ministry of Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development in collaboration with the State Finance Office, State Planning Unit, State Implementation Unit, Public Works Department and Kapit Resident’s Office.

Jamit also informed that the state government allocated RM9 million every year to every GPS assemblyman to carry out Minor Rural Projects and Rural Transformation Programme projects.

To entrepreneurs of small and medium enterprises, he encouraged them to apply for Skim Pinjaman Industri Kecil Dan Sederhana (SPIKS) and other government agencies if they require financial assistance.

Among those present were Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang, deputy Kapit Resident Galong Luang, deputy Kapit walikota Watson Awan and community leaders,