By Nasuha Badrul Huzaini
SHAH ALAM, Aug 23 — The total registrations for the Top E-Commerce Merchant (Top ECM) Awards for 2022 have recorded an increase of 107 per cent to 440 submissions, compared to 213 submissions last year.
State executive councillor for investment and trade Dato’ Teng Chang Khim said the encouraging response from the participants is an indirect indication that more merchants are taking the opportunity to boost sales and their brand presence.
“Two years ago, when the world was hit with Covid-19, we witnessed many sectors struggling to sustain their businesses, having to rapidly transition their business operations from offline to online.
“However, on the brighter side, we then saw how people began to adapt to the new norm and eventually managed to resuscitate their businesses with the support and numerous initiatives carried out by the state government.
“Selangor’s e-commerce merchants have grown rapidly year after year, particularly during the pandemic, and I am pleased that many merchants are taking advantage of all available opportunities to level up their businesses and come back stronger,” he said in his speech when officiating the launching ceremony of the Top ECM Awards 2022 here today.
Also in attendance was Selangor Information Technology and Digital Economy Corporation (Sidec) chief executive officer Yong Kai Ping.
Organised by Sidec, the Top ECM Awards 2022 is offering RM60,000 in cash prizes and other attractive rewards. The seventh edition of the event will see a total of 228 shortlisted merchants participating in the programme.
Meanwhile, Teng said the awards have been getting more recognition from merchants operating not only in Selangor but also all over the country.
“The Top ECM Awards 2022 helps to recognise the recipients’ efforts in ensuring that they give the best quality of their products or services. The state government through Sidec has implemented various programmes to continuously nurture e-commerce merchants in the state, Top ECM being one of them.
“Also, Sidec has always endeavoured to continue uplifting and supporting small-and-medium-sized businesses in moving towards digitalisation while simultaneously contributing to the growth of Selangor’s economy,” he added.