The i-Usahawan program is an entrepreneurship development initiative by the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry supported by Brunei Gas Carriers Sendirian Berhad, BGC which seeks to support Rakyat Jati Business Entrepreneurs planning to, or currently operating small medium enterprises, SMEs to aid them in starting, owning and growing their business. An i-Usahawan dialogue was held yesterday morning at the BGC office at Jalan Jerudong.

Over 70 entrepreneurs attended the dialogue. At the dialogue, presentations were given by BGC representatives on topics that included an overview of the i-Usahawan programme, BGC Vendor Registration System and modules covered by the Training Programme. Representatives from Darussalam Enterprise, DARe were also present to brief on the capacity development programmes available for i-Usahawan participants such as courses from the Industry Business Academy and Microbusiness Bootcamp. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between BGC and DARe to support the i-Usahawan initiative.

Earlier, Pengiran Dianawaty binti Pengiran Haji Matzin, BGC Contracts and Procurement Manager in her Introduction to i-Usahawan, mentioned that to be awarded with contracts, vendors should be commercially and technically competitive. They must also demonstrate commitment towards safety and business integrity. Recognising that these are building blocks that are necessary, the program intends to deliver these prerequisites, so vendors would then be better equipped and are able to offer quality services not just for BGC but for other operators in the industry.

i-Usahawan targets aspiring and existing Rakyat Jati business owners between the ages of 18 and 40, who have yet to earn a contract with the Government or Government-linked companies and statutory Bodies. Programme participants will receive training to start, run and grow a business through a startup accelerator programme; as well as be invited to a competitive tender exercise for selected contracts. Those who are successful will be awarded a three year contract and guided by experienced mentors during the duration of the contract.

Source: Radio Television Brunei