Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) unveiled its latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative yesterday, ‘Community for Brunei’, which is a virtual marketplace designed to help small businesses.
The site was announced during a press conference on April 16 by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, who is also the Chairman of BIBD.
The Community for Brunei unveiling event was attended by BIBD Marketing Officer Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Jaafar.
Also present were Shinny Chia from The Collective, Co-founder of Think Axis Solutions Rahman Yoonus, Chief Financial Officer of GoMamam Abdul Hadi bin Haji Adanan, Chief Operations Officer of GoMamam Amin Rambli and Alicia Newn from the Community for Brunei Web Designers.
In a speech, Hajah Nurul Akmar explained that the Community for Brunei platform provides an online ecosystem with an integrated digital payment gateway, which forms part pf BIBD’s efforts to encourage a digitalised society powered by a cashless economy. “The dramatic spread of COVID-19 disrupted communities, businesses and livelihoods, both locally and worldwide, and BIBD is proud to be part of an initiative that will enable individuals to come together for collective action, extending assistance to those in need while at the same time, protecting the livelihoods of our local MSMEs,” she said.
“We hope Community for Brunei will become the premiere destination for local businesses, enabling them to scale and grow while at the same time, allowing a place for the public to give back to the community.”
Shinny Chia meanwhile said Community for Brunei is designed as a safe and secure online platform for SMEs.
“This will support them in digitising their businesses, in line with the Digital Economy goals for Brunei. There are no costs for vendors to be on the site for the first three months, and they get to keep 100 per cent of the sales.”
Rahman disclosed that since the announcement, there were about 23,000 visitors checking out the website.
“In 24 hours, there were about close to 56,000 visitors,” he said. “It just goes to show that the platform is designed to meet the scale and the demand.”
Community for Brunei is fully supported by BIBD and inspired by local entrepreneurs, The Collective, Think Axis and Alicia Newn. Under the Community for Brunei initiative, BIBD is proud to announce the first project to be launched off the platform – Community For COVID, which is a way for small businesses in Brunei to expand their ability to earn, and at the same time also help support front-liners through an accessible online market platform.
Through this platform, customers will be able to purchase food and beverages, care packages and services delivered directly to frontliners at various hospitals across the country.
The exact needs of frontliners at medical centres and hospitals throughout the country will be informed to the general public through an online tally.
With the public able to select care packages and donations that can be purchased directly from the website and delivered to the frontliners, this ‘supply and demand’ approach is hoped to ensure a more effective distribution of contributions as well as reduce wastage.
A second initiative, Community for Ramadhan, will be launched on the first day of Ramadhan 1440 Hijrah, for the public to purchase food and drinks from vendors who typically participate in the yearly Ramadhan stalls organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).
Onboarding for interested vendors for participation in Community for Ramadhan will begin on April 20. Potential vendors are required to register their businesses with the Registrar of Companies and sign up for a BIBD MSME account costing BND50.
Vendors who wish to be onboard, can reach out to BIBD for registration after getting their 16/17 registration, MSME account opening and QuickPay registration, while vendors registered under MoHA or MCYS are encouraged to go through their respective ministries which will then pass the list to BIBD (attn: [email protected]) for onboarding purposes.
For more details, visit www.CommunityforBrunei.com and the BIBD social media pages @communityforBrunei.