The National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) signed several Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with five associations in efforts for more local SMEs to adopt eCommerce.
The move is in line with the Government’s National E-Commerce Strategic Roadmap to boost eCommerce adoption among Malaysia’s SMEs. Under the Roadmap, the goal is to double the number of eCommerce-enabled SMEs from the present 180,000 to 350,000 by 2020.
The five associations are Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA), Malaysia Wholesalers Association (PPM), Malaysia Digital Chamber of Commerce (MDCC), Malaysia Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) and SME Association of Malaysia.
Through the MoUs, PIKOM will assist members of these associations to allow them to utilise PIKOM’s technology enabler member companies, including payment gateway providers, logistics providers and eCommerce platform providers.
Ganesh Kumar Bangah, PIKOM Chairman and E-Commerce Malaysia Chapter Chairman said: “PIKOM will link local SMEs to over 100 of our technology enabler members via our new PIKOM eCommerce Fair, where the five respective associations’ networks will help them tap on the knowledge and expertise of PIKOM’s range of Technology Enablers.”
The monthly PIKOM eCommerce Fair is expected to kick off in the first half of this year. The MoUs will also help generate greater consumer demand, both from local and abroad, for the associations’ eCommerce merchant members via #MYCYBERSALE 2018.
As of now, PIKOM hopes to see more merchants participate in #MYCYBERSALE 2018 (3 – 7 September 2018). Last year, Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) reached RM311 million, which is a significant 47.4% increase compared with 2016’s RM211 million. Export GMV also jumped by 254% from RM11 million in 2016 to RM39 million in 2017.