Through the emergence of e-Commerce, small-medium enterprises (SMEs) based in Johor now have the opportunity to sell their products in the global marketplace.

eBay has continued its ‘Let’s eBay’ training workshop with Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) as partners here at Renaissance Hotel, Johor. This one-day workshop is part of a cross-country roadshow initiated to upskill small-medium entrepreneurs to build their businesses in the e-commerce marketplace and to join the digital ecosystem.

Johor has grown into an important manufacturing hub for the country with the electrical and electronic (E&E) sector at the helm, especially when manufacturing is recognised to be one of the anchors of economic growth in Q1 2019. This is where the opportunity lies for the SMEs in Johor, as eBay notes that the majority of SMEs in Johor that currently utilise their platform are E&E and automotive parts suppliers.

International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee Chairman, Jimmy Phua Wee Tse said, “Due to high-profile infrastructure and tourism projects being planned in Johor, the state as a whole has received much attention from the regional and global community.” “SMEs in Johor can take advantage of this opportunity to position their businesses on a more global stage, leveraging on the potential of the e-Commerce industry”, he added.

“With a combination of the solid manufacturing sector and internet infrastructure, a growing number of small medium enterprises (SMEs) in Johor are seizing the opportunity to sell their products directly to consumers all around the world on eBay,” said eBay’s Head of Southeast Asia seller growth, Wong Mei Inn. “There is a huge opportunity for Cross-Border Trading that they can do on eBay, capitalizing on the platform’s reach of over 180 million buyers from 190 countries.”

In addition to cross-country roadshows, Ms. Wong also said that eBay is running a six-month ‘Let’s eBay Academy Programme’ with the objective of incubating new sellers. This programme is also co-organised by eBay, MATRADE and MDEC, to help aspiring entrepreneurs kickstart their e-commerce business and connect with active buyers from the global marketplace.

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