Entrepreneurs under i-Usahawan programme feted

Lyna Mohamad

Total Brunei hosted an appreciation lunch in recognition of the positive development and progress of its i-Usahawan contractors at The Garden’s Veranda in Rimba yesterday.

Two contracts were awarded under the i-Usahawan programme spearheaded by the Ministry of Energy.

HMS Enterprise, specialising in air-conditioning service and maintenance, was awarded in 2019; and Sparkling Domestic Divas, specialising in office cleaning services, was awarded the contract last year.

Through the programme, both companies have recruited 100 per cent local workforce. Total Brunei has provided training to the business owners and staff members, including HSE trainings and occupational first aid courses.

They are hoped to continue providing exemplary services and propel their businesses to new heights that will help spur local employment.The initiative serves to support local entrepreneurs to start, own and grow their businesses by securing contracts (ring fenced) with the government, government-linked companies (GLCs) and statutory bodies.

Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Ministry of Energy Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya with entrepreneurs and other officials. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD

Total Brunei Corporate Services Manager Harina binti Ramlee expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Energy, especially the in-country value team, for their contribution in providing a platform for young local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

She added that it reflects the positive public and private partnership, which can be seen through the achievements of the i-Usahawan programme.

Meanwhile, a knowledge sharing session was also held to give insights and tips for the business owners and their team. They were Azri Jumat of RGOC Sdn Bhd, who shared his journey and challenges in running his business; and Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) Executive Officer Rusydina binti Haji Md Helmezulkifli, who shared the role of i-Centre and the different training and development programmes available for new local entrepreneurs. The session was moderated by Head of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Total E&P Borneo BV Rasimoon bin Haji Adinin.

Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Ministry of Energy Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya along with other senior officers at the ministry and Total Brunei’s management and staff members were present.