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Financial Schemes Under MITI For Small And Medium Enterprises (SMEs)


The incentive schemes administered by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) through its agencies includes:

Grants; Soft Loans; and Venture Capital.


Commercialisation of Research and Development Fund (CRDF)

Technology Acquisition Fund (TAF)

Grant for Business Planning and Development (ITAF 1)

Grant for Product and Process Improvement (ITAF 2)

Grant to Upgrade Production/Engineering and Design Capabilities

Grant for Productivity and Quality Improvement and Certification (ITAF 3)

Grant for Market Development (ITAF 4)

Grant for ICT Application (expanded E-Commerce Grant Scheme)

Grant for Skills Upgrading

Factory Auditing Scheme


Modernisation and Automation Scheme (MAS)

Quality Enhancement Scheme (QES)

Financial Package for SMIs (PAKSI)
(To be merged as Soft Loan Package For SMEs )


Venture capital funds at:

seed stage

start-up stage

growth stage

mezzanine stage and pre-IPO stage


Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) must be:

Incorporated under the Companies Act 1965. Having an annual sales turnover not exceeding RM25 million AND not more than 150 full-time employees. At least 60% owned by Malaysians.


The scope of activities is now expanded to include manufacturing related services:

Engineering support services such as calibration, electroplating, machining, heat treatment, metal casting, metal forging, etc.

Specialised service centres such as sterilisation, waste treatment, etc.

Logistic services such as warehousing, bulk breaking, international procurement centre, haulage, etc.

Maintenance and repair of factory machinery and equipment

Software development such as CAD, CAM, CAE, ERP, CIM, SCM, CRM

Automation of production line

Design houses

Packaging services

Export of services such as construction, engineering consultancy, architecture, education, healthcare, printing and publishing, information and communication technology services. (For Market Development Grant only)

Trading companies (For Market Development Grant only)


30 % of approved grants will be given up-front to eligible companies, with the remainder to be paid on a reimbursable basis


For women entrepreneurs, the scheme has been expanded and will cover:

IT and IT related services

Data processing businesses

Cyber cafés/Internet cafes

Consultancy services related to IT

Maintenance and repair of computer equipment

Education Services

IT tuition centres

IT schools

Software development

Software development and production

Software implementation services

Design and packaging

Designing of product packages

Packaging services

Research & Development (R & D)

R & D services on natural sciences

R & D services on social sciences and humanities

Interdisciplinary R & D services

Technical testing and analysis services

Related scientific and technical consulting services


Advertising services

Freight transport agency services

Cargo handling services

Storage and warehouse services

Market research



Establishment of medium and low-cost hotels (up to three star hotels)

Expansion/modernisation of existing hotels

Establishment of tourist projects

Expansion/modernisation of tourist projects

Establishment of recreational camps

Establishment of convention centres

Restaurants including catering services

Travel agencies and tour operators services

Other Business Services

Professional services (legal, accounting, auditing and book-keeping services, taxation, architectural, engineering, urban planning and landscape services, medical and dental services, secretarial, etc.)

Management consultancy services

Building cleaning services

Printing and publishing

Source: Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

Address of MITI:

Ministry of International Trade and Industry
Block 10, Government Offices Complex
Jalan Duta
50622 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-62033022
Fax: 03-62012337, 62031303

Encik Mohd. Zainy b. Mohamed Zain
Ministry of International Trade & Industry
Sarawak Branch
No. 3, Bangunan Bank Negara Malaysia
Jalan Satok
93400 Kuching
Tel : 082-257164
Fax : 082-417835

Posted Date: 2 Jan 2004

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