Women exporters get special attention from the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade), which has a Women Exporters Development Programme that helps them increase their export capacity. Matrade deputy chief executive officer Datuk Wan Latiff Wan Musa said the trade promotion organisation was out to help the 2,911 women exporters on its registry achieve higher success this year. He shared that women exporters in mid-tier companies (MTCs) have done better than those in small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
MTCs are manufacturing companies with an annual revenue of between RM50mil and RM500mil, while services companies have an annual revenue of between RM20mil and RM500mil.
SMEs, meanwhile, are companies with an annual turnover of below RM50mil.
At present, 23 of the 212 MTCs under Matrade are women-owned companies mostly involved in the food, automative, plastics moulding, fashion and chemical industries, who export mainly to China, Singapore, the United States, Hong Kong and Japan.
Selangor has the highest number of women exporters (44%), followed by Kuala Lumpur (25%), Johor (8%), Penang (6%), Perak (3%) and Kedah, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Sabah and Sarawak (2% each).
“We need to work with other stakeholders to develop women exporters. Matrade will be the main co-ordinator of the export programmes,” he said.
On the Women Exporters Development Programme, Wan Latiff said it is a three-year programme featuring customised business coaching, skills enhancement training, international business exposure and market immersions, networking and mentoring sessions, and leadership and entrepreneurial development.
Since it was introduced in 2014, 251 companies have “graduated” while 73 companies are currently undergoing the programme.
Matrade also brings women exporters overseas on trade missions, he said.
Asked if there were government incentives for women to venture into export, Wan Latiff said there exists a market development grant for SMEs and other eligible parties.
“There is a maximum RM200,000 grant to undertake export promotions and participate in trade fairs,” he said.
- The Star