4,425 young Sabahans engaged as SME entrepreneurs

KOTA KINABALU: A total of 4,425 young individuals in Sabah are currently engaged as entrepreneurs in the small and medium enterprises (SME) sector.

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Among them, 4,101 are affiliated with the Department of Industrial Development and Research (DIDR), while the remaining 324 are participants in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food Industry programme.

Although the Department of Youth and Sports Sabah does not have a direct role in the SME industry, they are dedicated to supporting young entrepreneurs through the Youth Entrepreneurship Success Scheme (SYABAS), said Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Sabah, Datuk Fairuz Renddan.

He conveyed this information during the 16th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) question and answer session in Likas today, on behalf of Minister of Youth and Sports Sabah, Datuk Ellron Angin.

Fairuz was answering the question from the Usukan assemblyman, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

Fairuz also highlighted the government’s efforts to assist SME entrepreneurs, including the organisation of specialised programmes in the agro-entrepreneurship field.

One such initiative is the Young Agropreneur Grant (GAM), which focuses on activities along the agricultural value chain, encompassing crop production, livestock farming, fisheries, and basic farming industries, he added.

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