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YOUTH ONLINE BUSINESS WORKSHOP 2019: BOOSTING YOUTH ENTERPRISE THROUGH ONLINE BUSINESS

KUCHING: Increased internet access and constant innovations in online business marketing have created new asset-light online business models, giving the youth more opportunities to take part in the increasingly competitive and lucrative online market. The potential for Sarawak youths to be successful in this area is significant with the government’s clear digital economy roadmap for all sectors, and, the availability of various unique local products that are highly marketable in both local and international markets.

This development prompts the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak to organize a workshop called Youth Online Business Workshop 2019 themed “Boosting Youth Enterprise through Online Business” this October.

The one-and-a half day workshop will help participants navigate the world of online business, and take advantage of the availability of online business models which maximise on marketing strategies but work on minimal capital investment.

The workshop will expose participants to existing tools and frameworks to launch or expand their business while helping participants plan effective strategies to better grow their business, define their overall goals, identify risks and opportunities, and facilitate business transitions from traditional to online platforms, new technologies like automation and virtual reality, and e-commerce portals.

The workshop will include five modules by Alianza Group, on setting up online businesses, in addition to a knowledge sharing session e-commerce portal Timogah.com, and overview of online businesses and current issues by Sarawak Multimedia Authority.  

In addition, there will be a briefing on online business marketing for social media influencers to be presented by Koperasi Belia Inovatif Sarawak (KOBIS).

Approximately 50 participants made up of local young entrepreneurs as well as graduates of public and private institutions of higher learning are expected to attend.

This workshop is part of an on-going SMA-AZAM’s digital inclusivity programme. Other programmes under this collaboration are the rural community engagement in the forms of workshops called Randau Digital, radio live shows with info capsules and, online videos.  

Those interested in joining this workshop can contact AZAM Sarawak at 082 411799 (Wasli /Nurfadzalina) for further information.

SMA & AZAM TO HOLD SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

KUCHING: With more and more established brands turning to social media influencers to market their products, chances for youth and aspiring content creators to make viable livelihoods online are opening up.

It is against this backdrop that Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) and Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) in collaboration with Koperasi Belia Inovatif Sarawak (KOBIS) will be organizing a series of seminars and workshops for Sarawak-based social media influencers starting 19 October this year in Kuching.

The workshop series called Sarawak Social Media Influencers Development Programme themed “Influencers with a Cause” aims to identify and mobilise local social media influencers, encourage healthy and engaging content creation on social media and educate participants on influencer marketing and digital monetization strategies.

Aspiring social media influencers will pick up valuable tips and strategies from experienced influencers and online content creators in sessions such as “Journey towards being a Social Media Influencer” by YouTuber Cardock, otherwise known as Fadhil Mohamad Isa; “Social Media Influencer 101” by Influencer Marketing Strategist Bvern Yip and Daphne Teoh from Kuala Lumpur based AnyMind Group; and a forum on how to empower social media influencers for greater socio-economic impact.

The forum will feature AnyMind Group as well as Kuching based radio personalities and content creators behind Makcik Bawang Champion – Afick Wazai and Fir Affandi – as panelists.

About 30 participants including social media influencers and local youth are expected to attend the event and workshop.

This programme is part of an on-going community and stakeholder engagement for greater digital inclusivity in Sarawak. Other activities by SMA and AZAM include radio broadcasts and, a workshop series for rural communities called Randau Digital.

For more information, contact AZAM Sarawak Communication Officer Nissa Normin at 082-411799 or email nissa@azam.org.my.

AZAM SARAWAK TO HOLD TALK ON CREATING A DIFFERENCE WITH SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

KUCHING: Social enterprise is gaining foothold globally as an entrepreneurship that is capable of reconciling societal values with business goals. In Malaysia, social enterprise has produced a number of outstanding enterprises such as Hospitals Beyond Boundaries, Masala Wheels, Skolafund, and so many more. In Sarawak, a similar trend is emerging among trading enterprises, financial institution, community organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs) and charities.

In light of these developments, Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) will be organizing a one-day programme named “Knowledge Sharing on Social Enterprise” to be held at the SMA Creative Heritage Innovation Centre (CHIC) at Bangunan Yayasan Sarawak on 24 October 2019, 8.30am to 12.30pm.

The talks aim to expose participants to the potential and importance of social enterprise in Sarawak and the way it can be applied to address social, environmental and financial issues.

The objectives of the programme are to share new trends and updates about social enterprise; examine existing social enterprise practices and businesses in Sarawak, and learn how to maximize the local and global impact of a social enterprise.

The knowledge sharing session will feature two experienced individuals in this field: the first being Ms Nina Othman, founder of Grow the Goose and Borneo Cocoa, who has approximately 14 years in the fields of entrepeneurship, marketing and advertising. She also previously attended the US Government’s International Visit Leadership Program (IVLP) on social enterprise in 2019.

The second speaker is Ms Anja Juliah Abu Bakar who is the founder and Social Impact Director of Blubear Holdings Sdn Bhd, a social enterprise that empowers girls and give them access to education through the availability of reusable sanitary pads. She received the Outstanding ASEAN Women Entrepreneur Award from VCCI, Hanoi (2016), and won Best Woman Category Malaysia Innovation (MOSTI). She was also appointed as associate partner  of Social Enterprise Academy Malaysia.

About 70-100  participants comprising members of AZAM, local social entrepreneurs, youths and, professionals and students in the related fields are expected to attend.

For more information, contact AZAM Sarawak communication officer Hakim Junaidi at 082-411799 or email: hakim@azam.org.my  should you need any assistance.

 

Radio program SMA-AZAM musim ke-2 melabuhkan tirai dengan topik pembaharuan bidang perladangan kepada “Smart Farming”

KUCHING: Perladangan pintar penerapan Teknologi Maklumat dan Komunikasi (ICT) moden dalam bidang pertanian mempunyai potensi yang nyata untuk menghasilkan pengeluaran pertanian yang lebih produktif dan cekap sumber, selaras dengan visi membangunkan Sarawak sebagai ‘food basket’.

Justeru itu, rancangan radio Randau Digital Sarawak anjuran Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) dengan kerjasama Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak membawa topik “Usaha penjenamaan semula bidang perladangan kepada ‘Smart Farming'” yang bersiaran langsung pada hari Rabu (25 Sept) bersama dengan wakil-wakil dari SMA .

“Melalui kaedah pertanian pintar, banyak kelebihan yang boleh didapati, antaranya penjimatan tenaga di mana petani hari ini boleh menguruskan ladang atau tanaman, pembajaan dan penyiraman boleh dibuat dengan hanya menekan butang pada telefon pintar mereka selain tidak memerlukan tenaga kerja yang ramai serta mampu menjimatkan kos pengeluaran bagi baja dan juga masa,” kata Carolineson Nosin pegawai tadbir SMA dari unit Digital Economy Policy, Planning & Monitoring ketika ditemubual.

Carolineson Nosin, pegawai tadbir SMA menerangkan berkenaan dengan topik perladangan pintar ditemani oleh Cyril Klen Rogos yang merupakan pelatih SMA.
Carolineson Nosin, pegawai tadbir SMA menerangkan berkenaan dengan topik perladangan pintar ditemani oleh Cyril Klen Rogos yang merupakan pelatih SMA.

Menurut Carolineson, SMA memandang serius kemajuan bidang pertanian ini agar dapat meningkatkan aktiviti-aktiviti penyelidikan selain mampu memajukan pengeluaran hasil dan kualiti tanaman dan menjana pendapatan para petani ke arah yang lebih baik, serta melahirkan tenaga mahir dalam bidang pertanian yang lebih berdaya saing.

“Setakat ini SMA sedang mengumpul data berkenaan dengan kesesuaian bidang pertanian pintar ini dengan jenis tanaman yang ada. Data ini akan dijadikan panduan kepada para petani untuk menjalankan kegiatan pertanian mereka dengan khidmat nasihat dari pihak berwajib,” kata Carolineson.

Di samping itu, pertanian pintar di Taman Kekal Pengeluaran Makanan (TKPM) Rampangi, Kuching sedang giat dilaksanakan.
“Sekiranya projek TKPM Rampangi ini berjaya, ia diharapkan stesen-stesen pertanian lain akan dibangunkan di Sarawak,” tambah Carolineson.

Bagi petani-petani yang berminat, Carolineson mengemukakan bahawa terdapat banyak program moden yang diketengahkan oleh Jabatan Pertanian Sarawak antaranya, skim sistem tagang yang menggunakan sungai asli. DI samping menghasilkan pendapatan kepada para petani, skim sistem tagang ini juga dapat membentuk ekopelancongan yang mampu menarik pelancong dan sijil kepada pengeluaran sayur-sayuran mengikut gred bagi menjaga kualiti kepada orang ramai.

Teresa ak Billy Bayang, pengarah Positive Mind Sdn Bhd dan konsultan bagi Taman Kekal Pengeluaran Makanan (TKPM) Rampangi Kuching ditemubual menerusi rancangan bahasa Iban dalam topik yang sama.
Teresa ak Billy Bayang, pengarah Positive Mind Sdn Bhd dan konsultan bagi Taman Kekal Pengeluaran Makanan (TKPM) Rampangi Kuching ditemubual menerusi rancangan bahasa Iban dalam topik yang sama.

Sungguhpun begitu, petani yang berada di luar bandar diseru untuk mempelajari kaedah baru ini agar pengetahuan mereka menerusi bidang digital ini seiring dengan apa yang disediakan di bandar. Melalui perancangan memperkukuhkan capaian internet di luar bandar diharap dapat merancakkan lagi usaha para petani ini untuk merebut peluang mendigital pertanian hari ini.

Selain itu, beliau juga berharap agar data-data yang dikumpul boleh menjadi panduan kepada pihak-pihak yang relevan untuk memberi khidmat nasihat dan tunjuk ajar kepada para petani seluruh Sarawak.
Randau Digital Sarawak anjuran Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) dengan kerjasama Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak musim kedua telah melabuhkan tirainya semalam melalui episode keenam yang membicarakan “Usaha Penjenamaan semula bidang perladangan kepada ‘Smart Farming’”.

Secara keseluruhannya, program radio ini sudah menyentuh topik-topik ekonomi digital seperti, Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) , Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHe), People Accessible Network for Digital Empowerment and Inclusivity’ ( PANDei), memperkasakan e-pelancongan, dan memperkembangkan bidang ‘Research and Development’ di Sarawak.

Untuk keterangan lanjut mengenai topik dan program yang berkaitan dengan ekonomi digital, orang ramai boleh melayari laman web SMA di www.sma.gov.my atau AZAM Sarawak di www.azam.org.my.

AZAM SARAWAK & US EMBASSY KUALA LUMPUR TO ORGANISE TALK ON “SUSTAINABLE TOURISM”

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With more tourists looking for authentic experiences and responsible tourism at their travel destinations, it is vital for the Sarawak tourism industry to embrace sustainable practices.

It is against this backdrop that Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) in collaboration with the US Embassy Kuala Lumpur is organizing a half day talk on “Sustainable Tourism on 13 September 2019 in Kuching.

The talk titled, “What is Sustainable Tourism and Case Study in Hawaii”, aims to share new trends and updates about sustainable tourism and learn how to integrate sustainable practices with local tourism products.

The talk will be conducted by Dr. Linda J. Cox, a Community Economic Development Specialist at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Linda J. Cox has authored and co-authored nearly 200 articles and publications on the economic relationships between agriculture and tourism; landscape services; agricultural product marketing; business, human and natural resource management; and other related topics.

Dr. Cox has organized and taught short courses, workshops and seminars on a variety of issues including business management, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development across the State of Hawaii, and  taught several graduate and undergraduate courses, served in a variety of leadership positions and was accepted on the Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster. She has also co-owned and managed a Montana-based real estate development and management firm.

About 100 participants including AZAM members, the local tourism players (public and private), lecturers and students of tourism courses, government officers of the relevant agencies, non-profit organisations, local magazines and media practitioners are expected to attend the talk.

AZAM’s collaboration with the US Embassy Kuala Lumpur on activities such as public lecture, forum and media workshop dated back as far as the 1990s as part of efforts to help impart information and knowledge on current developmental concerns to local communities and other development stakeholders in Sarawak, featuring American speakers who are experts in diverse fields.

For more information, please contact AZAM Sarawak Communication Officer Nissa Normin at 082-411799 or email nissa@azam.org.my.

AZAM members study visit in Lawas to contribute to rural community development

KUCHING: Lawas has a big potential in tourism with many traditional and attractive emerging products although it is located in a strip of Sarawak territory between the Temburong district of Brunei and Sabah.

As an effort to familiarize members with Lawas’ socio-economic development with the view to assist in promoting Lawas, Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM Sarawak) in collaboration with Lawas District Office is organising an AZAM Members’ Study Visit and Rural Community Outreach programme that will be held from 11-14 July 2019 in Lawas.

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Among the places that AZAM members will be visiting is the waterfront of Kampung Awat-Awat, the tahai cottage industry and long jetty in Kampung Punang, Meragang Buffalo Station, and the Ceramic Beads Handicraft Centre at Kampung Long Tuma.

The main objectives of this programme are to provide an opportunity for AZAM members to reach out and contribute to rural community development. To achieve this objective, a motivational and knowledge sharing session will be held during the study visit to Kampung Awat-Awat, and the session will be conducted by AZAM members, YBhg. Dato Dr. Munirah Mohd Hassan, and Edward Minggat anak Gena. Fifty participants comprising selected JKKK members and villagers of Kampung Awat-Awat are expected to attend this session.

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To familiarize the AZAM delegation with Lawas’ socio-economic development, Lawas District Officer Ladin Atok will be giving an overview of the development in Lawas.

Other programme highlights are knowledge sharing sessions from tourism operator and entrepreneur Joseph Yusuf Tai, on the update of e-tourism projects in Lawas, AZAM members Associate Professor Dr. Margaret Chan Kit Yok on using e-books for tourism and Edward Minggat anak Gena, on engaging the rural community in tourism. Fifty participants comprising the relevant business communities in Lawas are expected to attend these sessions.

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As part of the outreach programme, the AZAM delegation will hold a social gathering in Lawas to enhance rapport and networking with local partners.

For more information, contact AZAM Sarawak Communication Officer Nissa Normin at 082-411799 or e-mail: nissa@azam.org.my.

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SMA-AZAM workshop builds on community awareness on digital economy in Kapit

KAPIT, July 4: Increasing innovations and development in digital platforms such as mobile commerce and online businesses has created vast opportunities in the marketplace, empowering entrepreneurs and startups with the opportunity to plan out their own marketing strategies, and connect them with a more diverse customer base from all over the world, leveling the playing field for SMEs and retailers alike.

In line with the Sarawak government’s intensive efforts to transform Sarawak’s conventional economy to a digital economy, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak held the third edition of its Community Digital Initiative workshop series from 3-4- July 2019 in Kapit as part of a statewide campaign to spread digital inclusivity.

Conducted by representatives from government and private sectors such as SMA, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, Center of Technical Excellence (Centexs) and local industry players, the workshop aimed to empower Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) and entrepreneurs with relevant e-commerce marketing skills and netowrking that can enable them to mobilise their respective communities to initiate activities that promote and nurture the digital economy.

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About 40 participants comprising selected JKKK members and local entrepreneurs from Kapit Division attended this one-and-a-half day workshop which aimed to provide a platform for local community leaders and JKKK to play their role as state development frontliners in motivating and mobilising their communities to be digital-ready.

To achieve this objective, a representative from SMA gave an overview of Sarawak’s digital economyh strategy to better facilitate participants’ understanding and implementation of digital initiatives with their communities.

Other workshop highlights were knowledge sharing sessions from successful industry players like apparel and accessories entrepreneur Neng Kho Razali, on how to leverage on digital platforms to market original Bornean designs to the international market, and agro-based entrepreneur Heineken Laluan on packaging, shipping, and selling local produce to global markets.

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The first and second edition of the workshop was held in Lawas last year and in Bintulu in March 2019.

For more information, contact AZAM Sarawak’s Community Development Unit officer Yaana Singkie at 082-411799 or email: yaana@azam.org.my.

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Media briefing on Digital Inclusivity

KUCHING: Digital inclusivity, whereby creating a digital-ready community through awareness- and knowledge-building, developing digital skills and competencies as well as promoting inclusive digital participation, are all vital to ensuring the implementation and smooth facilitation of the Sarawak Government’s digital economy agenda.

An important role to facilitating understanding among community stakeholders in the digital economy is by strengthening the media understanding of the key focus areas of the Sarawak Digital Economy. With that in mind, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak and TV Sarawak is organising a half-day media briefing for the media called for Media on Digital Economy on 28 March 2019 in Kuching.

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Bringing youth to the forefront of development in KYDO’18

KUCHING: The face of Kuching is fast-transforming into a cosmopolitan destination with a plethora of artsy and cultural events taking place in the 191-year-old capital over the last few years.

Adding to the city’s vibrancy recently was Kuching Youth Day Out (KYDO) 2018 which returned to the Kuching Waterfront on November 10 this year since it first debuted in 2012.

Organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (AZAM) and youth volunteer group AZAM Young Souls, the outdoor portion of the two-day event featured a slew of young bloods in the local fashion, beauty and arts industry as they performed and showcased their talent in various sessions and activities throughout the day.

“What struck me was how much the local fashion scene has evolved looking at the collections – from ethnic contemporary to futuristic designs. There also seemed to be more teenage and young adult modern dance outfits active today when it was quite a struggle to get them a few years ago,” said AZAM Deputy Chief Executive Officer Rosalind Yang Misieng.

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Youth encouraged to be bold and work for market exposure for digital business

Speakers and participants taking one for the album in a group shot during the first day of Kuching Youth Day Out (KYDO).
Speakers and participants taking one for the album in a group shot during the first day of Kuching Youth Day Out (KYDO).

KUCHING, November 9: Youth startups and creatives should be bold to put themselves out there to get market exposure and take advantage of available programmes for entrepreneurs and digital businesses.

In an interactive session with Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan during the first day of Kuching Youth Day Out 2018 (KYDO) themed “The Power of Leverage: How Youths Could Initiate and Inspire Change to Society and Government”, he spoke on the opportunities and challenges that face the youth group in urban and rural areas in the entrepreneurship and digital economy sectors.

“Now Sarawak has become a center for business people to come. The Peninsular Malaysia market has become too crowded. For those who are farsighted, they can see Sarawak as ‘lubok rezeki’ and the West Malaysian businessmen want to open up businesses here and do joint ventures with Sarawakians,” said Snowdan, who officiated the two-day youth programme from 9-10 November organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak and youth volunteer group AZAM Young Souls.

Datuk Snowdan Lawan (centre) speaking during the interactive session on the opportunities and challenges for the youth in the digital economy as moderator Seph Haini (right) and AZAM Sarawak Honorary Secretary Mohamad Ariff Irwani Azahari look on.
Datuk Snowdan Lawan (centre) speaking during the interactive session on the opportunities and challenges for the youth in the digital economy as moderator Seph Haini (right) and AZAM Sarawak Honorary Secretary Mohamad Ariff Irwani Azahari look on.

About 85 participants from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, UiTM Sarawak, TedX Kenyalang and local youth attended the programme which saw youth entrepreneurs, startups, creatives and youth-driven outfits like HAUS KCH and The Champions inspire, influence and generate impact on young people to set and achieve higher goals for Sarawak.

In his opening speech, Snowdan commended KYDO for being in line with the state government’s aspirations to hold more creative and dynamic events to engage and inspire the younger generations as key stakeholders and partners in our development agenda.

“Events such as this, which take into consideration, very current trends, opportunities and challenges, are ideal platforms to nurture future leaders; leaders who are knowledgeable, innovative, dare to take risks, embrace high integrity, inclusive and visionary.”

The purpose of the Ngopi Ngeteh 2.0 portion of KYDO is to spark brainstorming and discussions among the youth groups, including on the best way to implement digital initiatives in various economic and socio-economic sectors within local communities.

“The youth have the opportunity to support development in many anchor sectors in Sarawak’s Digital Economy Strategy, which include but are not limited to, E-Commerce, Social, Tourism and even Agriculture.”

The objectives of the programme are to bring together Kuching youths from diverse backgrounds and interests to converse, perform and play together as part of a healthy lifestyle and social interaction, to get local youths to talk about current social and economic trends with a view to encourage the younger generations to contribute ideas and recommendations on moving forward; and to help provide a stronger unified front for the youths to be heard, to be engaged and included in the state’s development process.

It is hoped that this programme will drive youth development for Kuching and, Sarawak as a whole, to the next level, capitalising on Sarawak’s own unique gifts and strengths.