During this Covid-19 pandemic period, many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and micro-enterprises face inevitable challenges.
In order to help mitigate the impact, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) launches the #DigitalvsCovid campaign with 80 local tech companies to offer services on a pro-bono basis or discounted rates to SMEs.
In a statement by Surina Shukri, CEO of MDEC, she said that many SMEs and micro-enterprises may not be able to ride through this global pandemic.
One way forward is through automation and digitisation as Surina pointed out.
“We are proud that the 80 tech companies wil render their services and we at MDEC urges entrepreneurs from all industries to leverage on these offerings,” she added.
The #DigitalvsCovid campaign received very encouraging responses from MDEC’s network of GAIN companies to come forward to assist the business community in Malaysia.
MDEC’s GAIN companies consist of prolific tech startups and scaleups that are recognised for their unique tech innovations and sizeable business footprint, locally and abroad.
Surina shared and explained the top three areas of concern faced by SMEs since the implementation of the movement control order on 18 March 2020.
“Many SMEs are experiencing interrupted supply-chain movement, delays in business processes that require paperwork, limited tools to engage their stakeholders, constraints in conducting non-cash transactions, as well as challenges in managing a high-volume workforce.”
“We are confident that our GAIN companies can offer relief to SMEs by resolving some of these difficulties,” she said.
Other area of concern is the well-being of their employees to ensure minimal business disruption.
Companies are trying to adequately equip employees with awareness of the Covid-19 pandemic and advocating preventive health and safety measures.
Additionally, employers are actively seeking the provision of workforce compensation protection and other benefits for their employees.
MDEC’s Global Growth Acceleration division, as Surina pointed out, will continue to explore more industry-relevant business continuity solutions via digital technologies and drive participation and growth in the digital economy.
The comprehensive list of tech solutions and services for SMEs is accessible at https://mdec.my/home/c19techrelief/ and it will continue to be updated as
more tech companies come forward to render their assistance.
The campaign also launched a series of short videos across its social media channels that encourage a digital approach for businesses to combat Covid-19.