200 contracts with the government, government-linked companies (GLCs) and statutory bodies will be set aside for young local entrepreneurs through the i-Usahawan initiative, according to the Ministry of Energy, Manpower
MEMI’s Permanent Secretary (Manpower) Hj
“We have started engaging several government agencies such as the Ministry of Development and Ministry of Finance and Economy and 18 companies under Darussalam Assets (companies owned by the government),” said Hj
“The i-Usahawan programme is created with the intention for our youth entrepreneurs to start their own businesses by giving them opportunity to participate in low-risk contracts, where they can secure their first contract on a competitive basis.”
Brunei Shell Petroleum’s (BSP) Managing Director Dr. Ceri Powell said the successful execution of i-Usawan contracts would be essential in ensuring there
The i-Usahawan initiative was officiated by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam last year at the 13th National Youth Day as part of a wider entrepreneurship ecosystem to encourage Bruneian youth to start and grow their own businesses.
The initiative is open to aspiring and existing Bruneian business owners between 18 and 40-years-old who have yet to earn a contract with the government or GLCs. Participants are put through a training business development programme before being invited to a competitive tender exercise. They are also required to incorporate as a private limited company (Sendirian
The first 30 contracts under i-Usahawan’s first phase are within the oil and gas industry. Three contracts were awarded earlier today by Brunei Gas Carriers (BGC) and BSP – each lasting three years with potential extensions – but their value was not publicly disclosed.
Syarikat Amira Barakah