Ismail Sabri: Government is focusing on entrepreneurship to boost rural economy

Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob speaks in Bera on November 12, 2022. – Bernama pic

Sunday 13 November 2022 11:44 GMT

BERA, November 13 – The government continues to focus on the entrepreneurial sector, which is one of the important elements to stimulate economic development, including among the rural population, said Acting Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob .

He said that although the country has been successful in terms of infrastructure development in rural areas, the economic scope of rural communities needs to be strengthened.

“We want the villagers to venture into various economic fields that are not just traditional economic activities, such as agriculture and rubber mining, or as small-scale fishermen for those living on the coast.

“Rural entrepreneurs always have the opportunity and the space to upgrade their existing achievements to a higher level because we have the expertise, the potential and the ever-growing facilities,” he said as he spoke. he was officiating the rural entrepreneurs’ mini-carnival in Dataran Kerayong, here today.

The Acting Prime Minister also said that the efforts to empower the rural community are in line with the ambitious objective of the rural development policy, with three main principles of sustainable, inclusive and holistic development, towards the vision of prosperous rural areas. by 2030.

In addition, he said, rural entrepreneurs also have the potential to grow through the use of technology, which enables them to market online product sales in the international market.

In his speech, Ismail Sabri also said that rural development is the priority of the government as can be seen in the presentation of the 2023 budget which is the allocation of RM10.93 million to the Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB ), four percent more than the previous year.

The allocation, he said, is to ensure that the integrated rural development planning and strategy can continue and benefit the rural community.

Commenting on the mini-carnival, Ismail Sabri said it was part of KPLB’s marketing program to promote the products and services of rural entrepreneurs by providing a platform to promote the facilities and incentives offered by the private and audience.

The two-day carnival which ends today involves the participation of local entrepreneurs and various agencies under KPLB and is expected to attract 10,000 visitors with a sales value of RM100,000. — Bernama

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