The Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) expects a five per cent increase in the total number of registered companies this year, said its director, Abu Hassan Kasim.
He said up to August, the commission has registered 10,408 companies.
"By year-end, we expect the number of registered companies to be more than last year's 18,113," he told reporters in Alor Setar today.
Abu Hassan said SSM encouraged businessmen to register their businesses with the commission so that they could enjoy the facilities offered by the government.
"SSM has a mobile counters nationwide to help businessmen register their businesses," he said.
Meanwhile, Noraniza Mohd Adanal, executive council member of the women's wing of the Malay Traders and Industrialists Association of Malaysia (Perdasama) Kedah branch, said the association expected 100 women entrepreneurs to register their businesses with SSM during its two-day campaign.
"The effort is in line with the call by the Kedah government to produce 500 women entrepreneurs a year. Today we managed to attract 50 of them to register their businesses," she said.
The campaign is organised by the women's wing obusinef Perdasama Kedah to help businessmen register their businesses