| James Kon |
THE number of unemployed people in the country has dropped from 18,000 in 2012 to 11,000 in 2014, thanks to the “positive steps” taken by the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
As most of the unemployed are youth, the government is focussing on programmes on entrepreneurship and business management to prepare them to venture into alternative careers in business, including social enterprise.
This was underlined by Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, at the launching of the Sekolah Perdagangan Fiesta 2014 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday.
The country needs youth who can run enterprises, which are sustainable and create employment opportunities for the future generation, she said.
Entrepreneurship is a very challenging career, she said.
“To face the challenges, the youth need to be visionary, prepared to face competition, creative and innovative and increase their skills and knowledge.”
She said the youth must be able to think outside the box and leave their comfort zone by understanding not only local but also regional and global trends.
They should also look beyond books in search of business ideas and knowledge ensuring that it is not against Islamic teachings, she said.
She urged the youth to look not only at developing business in traditional industry but also emerging sectors such as the creative industry, which she believes provide many opportunities for them to explore.
The development of technology, especially the Internet, has helped transform the creative industry into a viable option for a career with better access to a large number of clients in the global market, she added.