Photo - Perak State Government signs with MaGIC in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Perak State Government and Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) will design a transformation strategic roadmap to build an entrepreneurship hub for Malaysia's northern region.
Menteri Besar (state minister) of Perak Datuk Seri Diraja Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, who witnessed the signing ceremony, commented on the importance of this strategic roadmap for innovative entrepreneurship for the State of Perak.
"The State of Perak looks forward to working with MaGIC on this strategic roadmap," he said. "We believe this partnership will jumpstart innovation and entrepreneurship in our region, helping local entrepreneurs to hone their business skills and develop great ideas into viable businesses. Ultimately we hope to build on this and create an entrepreneurship hub here in the State of Perak for Malaysia's northern region."
"Malaysia has recognised the importance of creativity and innovation in helping transform our nation by 2020," he added. "It is very important that this drive happens on a national basis and is actively pursued in every region."
The memorandum of agreement (MoA) was signed recently in Ipoh, Perak, by Perak's KPerak Implementation and Coordination Corporation (KPerak) agency chief executive officer Mohd Nazaruddin bin Mohd Yusoff and MaGIC's chief executive officer Ashran Dato' Ghazi.
Three key points of agreement are to cultivate grassroots adoption of NBOS (national blue ocean strategy) by giving greater support to the state's entrepreneurs; second, to tailor strategic entrepreneurship training and labs for Perak State to promote inclusion for the State's entrepreneurs and startups in future MaGIC initiatives; and third, to explore how to best help the State become the entrepreneurship hub for Malaysia's northern region.
KPerak's Nazaruddin said: "Although Perak is truly blessed with many natural resources and beautiful landscape, which provide vast opportunities for our entrepreneurs, we need to be ahead of the curve, by creating a new market for niche products and services. This will make competition become irrelevant. Speaking as a Perakian myself, I am optimistic that we have no shortage of ideas and talents to realise this dream, with necessary support and strategic guidance given by agency like MaGIC."
MaGIC's Ghazi said: "MaGIC is working to transform the entrepreneurship landscape across the whole of Malaysia and I hope our cooperation with Perak will be a sign for things to come - more Malaysian state governments championing the growth of entrepreneurship in their local communities. For now we invite the people of Perak to get involved in our programmes, start solving problems and building sustainable businesses."
Founded in 2014, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre promotes entrepreneurship in Malaysia.
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