Total marks new milestone with I-Usahawan contract

Hakim Hayat

Total E&P Borneo BV (TEPB) marked another milestone with the signing of the first contract awarded under the i-Usahawan programme initiated by the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI).

The guest of honour, Permanent Secretary (Manpower) at the MEMI Haji Zolkiflee bin Haji Abdul Karim witnessed the signing at The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Jerudong yesterday.

The recently appointed General Manager of TEPB Nicolas Wawresky said that they are proud to sign the first I-Usahawan contract with Mohd HMS Enterprise who will provide air-conditioning services and maintenance.

“It is hoped that this contract will provide the company the opportunity to grow its business and develop outside Brunei in the long run.”

Signing on behalf of TEPB was Head of Contracts and Procurement Josephine Tan and Head of General Services Dahlia Abdullah. Mohd HMS Enterprise was represented by owner Mohammad bin Haji Mohd Said.

Permanent Secretary (Manpower) at the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry Haji Zolkiflee bin Haji Abdul Karim in a group photo with TEPB’s Head of Contracts and Procurement Josephine Tan and Head of General Services Dahlia Abdullah and owner of Mohd HMS Enterprise Mohammad bin Haji Mohd Said during the ceremony. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT

Wawresky said Total and its Block B partners are focussed on the implementation of Local Business Development (LBD), which are included in clauses of the contracts to maximise local employment and local content with a dedicated appendix in applicable contract on LBD targets, to ensure suppliers comply to the requirements of the LBD directive.

To ensure successful implementation under the I-Usahawan programme, he said TEPB has created a specific I-Usahawan mentoring programme, where the selected vendor undergoes a mentoring programne geared towards enhancing their I-Usahawan professionalism within its domain as well as facilitate their growth and development in entrepreneurship.

Wawresky said Total’s ambition as a group is to become the responsible energy major, including in aspects of safety, environment, integrity and ethics, as well as local value creation and shared prosperity.

He also added that Total has already identified other potential services that could be provided under the I-Usahawan programme.

Meanwhile, TEPB’s Corporate Services Manager Harina Ramlee in a presentation shared that Total’s I-Usahawan mentoring programme is part of Total’s commitment to ensure the implementation of the contract.

The four-month mentoring programme will facilitate the growth and development of the vendor in areas including HSE competencies and business management.

The I-Usahawan programme is an initiative by MEMI to support young Bruneians to start, own and grow their own business and secure their first contract with government, government-linked companies (GLCs) and statutory bodies.