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    Celebrating outstanding ASEAN entrepreneurs

    Lyna Mohamad

    As part of their Chairmanship of ASEAN 2021, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) Brunei hosted the annual ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) 2021 last evening.

    A regional celebration of outstanding organisations from ASEAN’s business community that have contributed to the region’s economic growth and prosperity during this challenging year, the event was held virtually, drawing over 1,000 people to watch the livestream on the YouTube channel.

    His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office delivered an opening keynote address, during which His Royal Highness congratulated the award winners, and called on the business community to grow and contribute further to their country and region.

    Themed, ‘Recover Stronger, Together. Sama-Sama’, the ASEAN Business Awards is to recognise the struggles of businesses as a result of the adverse socio-economic impact and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Chair of the ABA Haji Musa bin Haji Adnin, in his welcoming remarks noted that the inaugural ASEAN Business Awards in 2007, was the first of its kind in the region, established with the dual objectives of recognising outstanding and successful ASEAN enterprises and serving as a platform to spread information concerning the ASEAN Economic Community.

    The awards, he said, shine a spotlight on promising small and medium-sized enterprises that have the potential of becoming global economic players.

    Out of this year’s 126 applications received, 86 were shortlisted and 45 were presented the prestigious awards to organisations from ASEAN countries including two non-ASEAN countries in the ‘Friends of ASEAN’ category. Four organisations from Brunei won the awards, with one company winning in two categories.

    Exceltech Solutions Sdn Bhd won two awards – Priority Integrated Sector (Energy) Award and the Youth Entrepreneur Award. Poni Marine won the SME Excellence (Growth) Award while Community for Brunei (The Collective Art Events) received the Brunei Special Award: Emerging Social Enterprise. Big BWN Project bagged the Inclusive Business Award.

    The ABA features eight categories – Priority Integrated Sector; SME Excellence; Youth Entrepreneur; Women Entrepreneur; Friends of ASEAN; Inclusive Business; Skills Development and the Brunei Special Award for Emerging Social Enterprise to commemorate Brunei’s Chairmanship for 2021.

    LegCo Member and Chair of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council 2021 Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman in her ‘Vote of Thanks’ called both the winners and all of the nominees are indeed the true champions of ASEAN’s  Economic Pillar.

    She believed that the companies have persevered and proven that opportunities for trade in goods and services as well as wealth creation abound in ASEAN waiting to be seized.

    “Year after year, the award winners provide us with fresh perspectives and renewed hope on how to succeed in ASEAN. This is a true cause for celebration and deserves to be recognised,” she added.

    Awards were presented by sponsors of Brunei’s private sector’s Chairmanship of ASEAN for 2021 that included the ASEAN Business Roundtables, ASEAN Business and Investment Summit and the ASEAN Business Awards.

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