Fatimah (centre) receives a token of appreciation from Abdul Latif after the courtesy call at her office. Looking on is Sarawak Women and Family Department director Noriah Ahmad.

KUCHING: The Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development (KWKPK) and Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) will tap into long-term cooperation through three programmes.

The three programmes are Business Virtual Advisory Services (VAS), Business Excellence (BE) and the Skim Peningkatan Produktiviti Entrepreneur (SPPE) grant.

This was agreed to during a courtesy visit by a MPC delegation led by director-general Datuk Abdul Latif Abu Seman to KWKPK minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah at her office in Baitul Makmur building yesterday.

VAS will assist entrepreneurs and traders to strengthen their business strategy post Covid-19 through business webinar Virtual Advisory Clinic (VAC), virtual mentoring, virtual coordination and virtual training.

Free online one-to-one sessions will be done between the selected entrepreneurs and industry players appointed by MPC.

Applications can be done online at www.mpc.gov.my/rfbvac (food & beverages) and www.mpc.gov.my/tvac (tourism).

The BE programme will establish a company profile based on seven main criteria to assist organisations become successful — leadership, strategy, information, customers, workforce, process and result.

The programme will include assessments to assist the organisation in improving its management, educational visit, experience sharing via workshops and forums, and participation in the Chief Minister’s Industry’s Excellence Award (CMIEA).

On the other hand, the SPPE grant will directly assist financing the organisations to practise effective productivity management and innovation system.

This year, MPC has allocated RM7 million for the purpose which amounts the total allocation to RM24 million since 2017.

At present, there are 20 local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which have participated in the 2020 SPPE grant programme.