KUCHING: A taskforce has been formed to help women entrepreneurs obtain the necessary permits and licenses for their business.
Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said there was an urgent need for women entrepreneurs to be registered for them to qualify for the assistances provided by the government.
“With businesses being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the federal government through the Prihatin Nasional Aid (BPN) has allocated grants worth RM3,000 to small and medium entrepreneurs as well as micro entrepreneurs.
“The state government also provides a special grant worth RM1,500 to 65,000 hawkers and petty traders registered with the local councils through the Sarawakku Sayang special assistance (BKSS).
“Despite that, there are still a lot of women entrepreneurs who did not qualify for the assistances due to them not fulfilling the main criteria of the application which is being licensed and obtaining the necessary permits,” she said.
She said this when officiating at Sarawak Women Entrepreneurs Licensing Programme held at Stadium Perpaduan Dalat on Saturday.
Fatimah said with the task force, various agencies would be on the ground to help those affected in their areas, facilitating the process for women entrepreneurs to register their businesses and obtain their business license.
“This will then allow them to obtain assistance doled out by the government in the future,” she said.
The Dalat assemblywoman said the role of the task force would include consultation with relevant agencies, engagement with entrepreneurs as well as updating the database for women entrepreneurs in Sarawak.
Among those involved in the task force are the Women and Family Department, Ministry of International Trade & Industry, Industrial Terminal & Entrepreneur Development (Mintred), Sarawak Multimedia Authority, Local Government and Housing Ministry and Sarawak Economic Development Corporation.
The taskforce will also comprise representatives from Internal Revenue Board (LHDN); Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centexs), Local Councils and district offices.