By Balqis Jazimah Zahari
Photo Fb Digital Perak
IPOH: The state government implemented an e-Payment initiative called ‘eDuit Hotspot’ to help the business community and the local community to improve the digitization process.
The eDuit Hotspot campaign started in Kinta District with a Walk-A about’ program together with Chairman of the Women, Family, Social Welfare and Development Committee Entrepreneur Development, Salbiah Mohamed was at the Pasar Tani, Stadium Indera Mulia here recently.
The State Government through Digital Perak and Perak State Entrepreneur Secretariat (STeP) in collaboration with Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), is targeting 3,000 small and micro traders in stalls and food courts, shopkeepers in Ipoh Old Town as well as entrepreneurs under TEKUN Nasional, Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) and the Perak State Federal Agricultural Marketing Board (FAMA).
Of this number, 60 percent are targeted to receive e-payment by September 2023 and 300,000 e-payment transactions by the end of 2023.
This e-payment initiative also involves Local Authorities (PBT) and nine local financial institutions.
Apart from Kinta District, the pilot project of this campaign is also focused on Manjung District.
Through the e-payment system, merchants and consumers will enjoy various benefits in terms of cost, efficiency and security by helping to increase business opportunities, more organized business record management and protecting both parties from the risk of theft and receipt of counterfeit money.
In addition to providing announcements and promotion of the eDuit Hotspot Campaign, this ‘Walk-About’ program also aims to be friendly and give confidence to traders to encourage the migration process to cashless payments.
The six-month campaign that started in June 2023 is expected to be launched in September.
Also present in the ‘Walk-About’ program were Chief Executive Officer of Digital Perak, Mohamad Suhaimi Mohamad Tahir; Director of STeP, Mohamad Rozlan Mohamad Razali and heads of state government departments and agencies.