| Azlan Othman |
THE Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) is assisting in drafting various legislations on investment.
Attorney General Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati binti Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Haji Mohd Salleh said the AGC was also creating a safe and peaceful environment to support His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s wish for diversification of the economy.
The government supports the active participation of women in SMEs by ensuring that equal access to provision of incentives and entrepreneurial support, she added at a workshop on “Women in Entreprenuership” at the Radisson hotel yesterday.
She said the AGC was also helping to draft legislations to protect the intellectual property of startups like Crescent Sdn Bhd or global corporations like Microsoft to ensure that innovators and inventors could participate fairly in the marketplace of ideas.
“We do this not just because it is fair and just, but because we know that our economy benefits when the rights of all are protected, and where all ideas are able to flourish.
“Although women entrepreneurs still face many challenges, I am excited by the opportunities those challenges offer as we solve them together, women and men, start-up companies and multinational corporations, Bruneians, Americans and people around the globe,” Datin Seri Paduka Hajah Hayati added.
The US Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, in collaboration with Microsoft Brunei, hosted the full- day workshop.
US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Daniel Shields said, “Over my three years as ambassador, I have been impressed by the leadership roles Brunei women play in business, government, the military and academia.
“As Brunei diversifies its economy, it is clear that women will play a crucial role in the nation’s growth.”
More than 60 participants including students, small business owners, NGO members and relevant officials attended the workshop.
The event celebrated today’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.
There was also a panel discussion with successful local entrepreneurs who shared their experiences and exchanged ideas with aspiring women entrepreneurs.
In the afternoon breakout sessions, participants joined a moderated conversation on the challenges and opportunities facing women entrepreneurs.