Thank you, Hans-Peter Ressel, CEO Lazada Malaysia,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
- I am pleased to join you at the official launch of #EveryoneCanSell programme.
- The Ministry of International Trade and Industry is committed to fostering a culture of entrepreneurship. On that note, I applaud Lazada for initiating #EveryoneCanSell programme. A programme which aims to educate local sellers of the opportunities to grow their businesses online while encouraging the right ecosystem in the e-commerce industry.
- I am happy to see both the public SME Corporation Malaysia, Companies Commission of Malaysia, Telekom Malaysia and the private sector Malayan Banking Berhad and Lazada Malaysia work together towards achieving a comprehensive digital ecosystem from end-to-end. I truly believe this programme can drive the adoption of eCommerce and accelerate the growth of the economy.
The Growth of eCommerce is ever expanding
- The growth of e-commerce is reflective of a broader trend, with new opportunities being created by technological advances and innovation. To succeed on the digital space, one must embrace and adapt to new technology and innovation in order to remain relevant and competitive.
- This is ever so true now. Southeast Asia is the world's fastest-growing Internet region. Its Internet user base is expected to grow from 260 million users today, to around 480 million users by 2020. Driven by a growing base of Internet users and e-commerce customers, the Internet economy in Southeast Asia is projected to reach US$200 billion by 2025.
- Year 2017 is the year of Digital Transformation in Malaysia and we have rightfully done so with innovation and creativity at the heart of the economy of the future. Early this year, Malaysia opened its doors to the Chinese technology leader Alibaba to create the Digital Free Trade Zone, the world's first special trade zone that will promote the growth of e-commerce, and provide a state-of-the-art platform for both SMEs and larger enterprises to conduct their digital businesses and services.
- This initiative is part of the digital roadmap which aims to double e-commerce growth from 10.8 per cent to 20.8 per cent by 2020.
- As many of you will know, SMEs make up 97 percent of businesses in Malaysia, and one of the hallmarks of MITI has been its support and encouragement for this backbone of our economy.
- I am proud to view the #EveryoneCanSell Programme to be an extension of pushing the boundaries with eCommerce - empowering entrepreneurs. It addresses the challenges ahead of an aspiring entrepreneur, providing a clear blueprint with the right financial support, ease the process of business registrations, connectivity, trainings and marketing tools for a successful online business.
- It is in line with our SME Masterplan and a great initiative in pursuit of our country’s digital transformation, that will accelerate economic growth.
- This Saturday, we will be celebrating Malaysia Day. From relatively humble beginnings, we have grown and evolved into a modern economy and society with a record to be proud of.
- We invite you be to part of that journey, and I hope today we are able to shed light on the tremendous opportunities that #EveryoneCanSell Programme has to offer. We urge to you to look at its great potential; there is no better time than today to start selling online!
- In closing, #EveryoneCanSell Programme demonstrates how entrepreneurs can effectively leverage on these innovative tools and services to raise productivity, enhance competitiveness. We will continue to partner companies and other stakeholders to harness technology and innovation in our digital transformation efforts.
- I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers Lazada Malaysia and to wish all the partners of #EveryoneCanSell Programme SME Corporation Malaysia, Companies Commission of Malaysia, Malayan Banking Berhad and Telekom Malaysia great success in this year long programme.