KOTA KINABALU: Standard, accreditation and certification are very important elements in business as it will vouch for the products and services offered.
However, not many companies in Malaysia, especially the small medium enterprises (SMEs), realise the importance of standard, accreditation and certification, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau said.
Speaking at the launching of the ‘Edu Media Mobile Apps’ at the Borneo Apprentice Convention here yesterday, Madius said that not many SMEs put priority on getting accreditation and certification or standard set for what they have to offer.
“It is better that they get this done because after certification, their business can go further as consumers will be more confident of their products or services,” he said.
“My advice to entrepreneurs is to work to establish this standard and accreditation,” he said, adding that he has discussed with Creative Dreams Sdn Bhd, the organiser of the Borneo Apprentice Convention to work together with his ministry to set a standard in digital pedagogy.
Madius also said that the ministry wants to increase innovation in the country and this is in conjunction with Year of Commercializing Malaysia 2016.
“This year, the ministry approved 67 new innovations and this is higher than our target of 60 innovations. We hope to achieve more next year,” he said.
According to Madius, the ministry also has its Malaysia Innovation Foundation (Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia) through which it encourages those at the grassroots level to showcase their innovations.
Innovation, he added, is an important element in boosting the country’s economy and this is what his ministry is championing.
“I would also like to urge all ministries at the state as well as federal level to use science and technology when implementing their policies,” Madius said.