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Sabah products coming soon to UK, EU

Published on: Sunday May 15, 2022

By: Bernama

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The Global Entrepreneur One Stop Center (Glopec) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Kingdom (UK) and other European markets to market Made in Sabah products.

LONDON: In a bid to stimulate new export opportunities for Sabah Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) products in the international market, Global Entrepreneur One Stop Center (Glopec) has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to form collaborations with several strategic partners for the United Kingdom (UK) and other European markets. The signing of MoUs between Glopec and nine parties, ranging from restaurateurs, wholesalers, distributors to online retailers, in key areas here on Thursday aimed to market products made in Sabah to the UK, France and other countries. Europeans. Minister of Prime Minister Datuk’s Department Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad, who led a mission to promote and sell Bumiputera Sabah products to the UK from May 9-16, witnessed the signing of the MoUs, by Zaiton Bakri, managing director of Kristal Handal Sdn Bhd on behalf of the company, which is a subsidiary of the Yayasan Sabah Group which oversees Glopec.

In attendance were the Malaysian High Commissioner to the UK Zakri Jaafar and the Director of Yayasan Sabah and the Executive Chairman of Innoprise Corporation Sdn Bhd (ICSB) Datuk Sri Ghulam Haidar @ Yusof Khan Bahadar, the Director of Glopec Azmi Aziz and the Managing Director of Teraju Md Silmi Abdul Rahman. The MoUs were signed with Jimmy Chong Ghee Chua, who represented Chuang Lee Supermarket; Pui Chin Yap @ Sarah Yap (Makan House Limited @ Uncle Lim Kitchen; Wan Joha Wan Ahmad (Malaysian Supermarket Ltd); Simon K. Suresh (Oh Malaysia/Halal Street UK Limited); Yoke Ng (Yi International); Datuk Uthama Kumara Naidu Sanjay (Aditya & Co), Swee Leong Goh (Nepcoe Capital Partners), Ku Farid Ku Yasin (KMF MalaysiaWe), and Paul Fritz on behalf of Premium Company Farm Food Limited Funded by the Bumiputera Entrepreneur Development Fund (DPUB) program and established through a strategic partnership between Yayasan Sabah Group and Bumiputera Affirmative Action Unit under the Prime Minister’s Department (Teraju) in 2020, Glopec is one of the collaborative program efforts that aims to help entrepreneurs from Sabah Bumiputera, in particular those of the B40 and M40 groups, through the marketing of local products in the international market.Glopec serves as a point of contact that engages with all the agencies and governing bodies related to the companies in the markets. Targeted audiences, as well as vendors and buyers to disseminate verified information and business opportunities related to participating Sabah SMEs. It also offers training courses for SMEs to give them insight into the global business climate, marketing, promotion and advertising campaigns, and participation in promotion fairs. Speaking to Malaysian media here, Dr Abdul Latiff said the government is committed to supporting business recovery after the global economic disruption caused by Covid-19.

“Through the MoUs, the ministry will work with Teraju to facilitate and support Glopec to continue its marketing and trade efforts and secure international business opportunities as travel restrictions are lifted and international borders reopen,” did he declare. He said retail was an economic sector with great potential with food products that could be showcased and promoted through a network of restaurateurs, especially those owned by Malaysians abroad to penetrate. the international market. To start, he said Teraju could launch the initiative by purchasing the products of food operators in small and medium industries, as well as community products and implementing marketing through strategic partnerships with restaurateurs. , wholesalers and retailers, as well as complying with UK and EU food product compliance standards. Meanwhile, Zaiton said the Glopec program will be a platform for SME entrepreneurs in Sabah to market Sabah products such as potato chips, chili sauce, sambal bilis (anchovy sauce) and ethnic handicrafts such as “Batik Bayu” and rattan in the international market, especially in UK, European countries, China, Thailand and Middle East countries. In addition to complying with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Halal regulations and certifications, he said Sabah’s product operators would work with wholesalers and retailers and strategic business partners overseas. Currently, Glopec has 15 entrepreneurs and aims to commercialize products worth RM60 million over the next five years.


During the MoU signing ceremony, Dr Abdul Latif also launched the ‘Taste of Sabah’ campaign which saw Sabah’s SME products showcased in well-known restaurants in London.
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