You Can Support Local Hawkers & Small Traders At This Carnival Happening In Kota Kinabalu

There'll be all kinds of local food stalls, exhibitions, and informative talks!

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Did you know that 18 November every year, Malaysia celebrates the National Hawker and Small Trader Day (HPPK)?

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It's celebrated to recognise and appreciate the contributions of small businesses. After all, hawkers and small traders are the backbone of the Madani economy of Malaysia, providing a wide range of goods and services to Malaysians.

To support their business and help them showcase their products, the government organises the HPPK Carnival every year, where they can display their offerings and interact with customers. HPPK also provides guidance and initiatives to help hawkers and small traders grow and improve their business.

This year, the event will take place at Buhavan Square in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 7 to 9 December

YB Datuk Ewon Benedick, Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives, greeting small traders and hawkers around Tamu and Donggongon Sunday Market, Penampang, Sabah

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The 2023 HPPK Carnival is organised by the Ministry of Entrepreneur and Cooperatives Development (KUSKOP) in conjunction with HPPK.

The theme for this year is "Penjaja dan Peniaga Kecil Nadi Ekonomi Madani", which reflects the important role that hawkers and traders play in stimulating competition, generating jobs, promoting domestic demand, and driving overall economic sustainability and growth.

Additionally, MyMall, an online marketing platform under KUSKOP, will also be participating in the carnival to showcase its features and benefits for hawkers and small traders.

Here is what you can expect from the carnival:

1. Explore food trucks and various stalls selling handicrafts, clothes, and more

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If you are looking for a treasure trove of local culture, you should visit the HPPK Carnival. It is open to the public and offers some of the best homemade food and local hawker fare. You can also find a lot of natural and handmade crafts that showcase the creativity and skills of Malaysians.

2. Discover exhibitions from ministries and agencies of the central government, state government, and private sector

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These exhibitions aim to highlight the contributions of the traders and hawkers to the country's economy and social development. They will be showcasing the best practices and innovations that align with this year's carnival theme. By visiting these exhibitions, you will be able to gain more knowledge and appreciate of the diverse and vibrant local culture and heritage that the traders and hawkers represent.

3. Attend interactive talk sessions by various entrepreneurs from the health services, safety and district council, and more

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If you are a small trader or hawker who wants to learn how to expand your business and boost your sales, you should not miss this opportunity. You can ask any questions you have during the interactive talk sessions with various entrepreneurs from different fields. They will share their insights and experiences on how to succeed in the local market.

4. Witness the launching of the Hawker and Small Trader Development Plan (P3PK) 2023-2027

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This strategic planning is to support and enhance the development of the hawker and small trader community in Malaysia for the next five years. The plan is based on five strategic cores, and supported with 17 strategies and 29 initiatives that are expected to provide benefits to at least 86,000 hawkers and small traders in addition to continuous improvement of governance, welfare, and social protection aspects.

5. Learn about various programmes and assistance that the ministry has planned for hawkers and small traders

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Some of them include the Food Truck Site Development Program, the Implementation of Compassionate Card through In2Niaga platform, the Hawker and Small Trader Strengthening Program, and the Hawker and Small Trader Database Development.

In addition, hawkers and small traders can also get advice, assistance, or clarification directly from various ministries and agencies at exhibition booths.

Throughout this celebration, the ministry will also be providing the Hawker and Small Trader Compassionate Card, specifically for the In2Niaga and Warongku GPPPKMM apps

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In2Niaga is an app that helps hawkers and small traders to accept any mode of cashless payment. Whereas, Warongku is designed with the objective of increasing and boosting the income of micro and informal entrepreneurs as well as hawkers and small traders through online sales.

The carnival will be officiated by the Prime Minister on 7 December, and is expected to attract thousands of visitors from all over the country. 

So, whether you're a local hawker, small trader, or just want to support those at the heart of the Madani economy, make sure to head over to the HPPK Carnival from 7 to 9 December!

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