KUALA LUMPUR – To improve productivity in the retail sector, retailers should employ those who are educated, intellectual and well-informed, says Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.
He said he wanted to see an improvement in the sector so that it would create better job opportunities for Malaysians.
“More than 80 per cent of job opportunities come from the retail and service sector,” he said after opening the second Malaysia International Retail and Franchise (MIRF) exhibition here today.
“There is always a need for foreign workers when productivity comes into mind. I would like to see productivity jump to the next level…when we start to hire local intellectuals and increase their income, I’m sure we can see better productivity,” he said, urging retailers to work closely with the government to create better impact and confidence among international exhibitors.
On the exhibition, Hamzah said he had seen much improvement in terms of the number of booths increasing from 230 last year to 260 this year.
The number of exhibitors had also increased to a total of 200, with more coming from overseas such as Taiwan, Singapore, China, the Philippines and other countries in the Asian region, he added.
Meanwhile, MIRF organising chairman Datuk Liew Bin said the four-day event presented a fantastic platform for those within the industry to interact, transact and forge new collaborations.
“It will also provide an in-depth focus on the next wave of retail, franchising, licensing, technology, future role of in-store and the vital engagement between retailers and consumers,” he added. – BERNAMA