'TPPA will not jeopardise Bumiputera interest'
The government will ensure the interest of Bumiputera entrepreneurs will not be jeopardised when the Trans-Pacific
Partnership Agreement (TPPA is signed, says Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Hamim Samuri.
He said the rights of the people would not be compromised but instead assured during the TPPA negotiations in order to benefit all parties.
As such, the government would carry out an outreach programme for the benefit of the entire business community, including Bumiputeras, in order not to be left out and to reap benefits.
"The government is always committed to ensure that there is capacity building among Bumiputera businessmen, entrepreneurs and manufacturers in order for them to compete with their peers at home and abroad," he said in reply to a supplementary question from Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali (BN-Bagan Serai) in the Dewan
Hamim was replying to a question from Dr Noor who wanted to know if Bumiputera businessmen were ready to take on their global counterparts, if the TPPA is signed, and government plans to ensure they are not left behind.
"The implementation methods for several programmes are still under consideration but is anticipated to cover various interest groups with a different objective," said Hamim.
Among the outreach programmes planned are briefings for small-and-medium enterprises on relevant areas of interest to them in the TPPA, opportunities and benefits to reap and explored under the agreement.
Hamim also said areas of cooperation and capacity building for SMEs would also be identified for discussion with other TPPA members.
He said similar outreach programmes, in the form of briefings on the TPPA, would also be carried out for non-government organisations and the public.
"The outreach programmes will be carried out in a comprehensive manner so that the TPPA can be implemented smoothly and entrepreneurs can avail themselves of business opportunities arising from the signing of the agreement.-- Bernama