Over 100 attendees comprising entrepreneurs, farmers, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and other stakeholders participated in an Open Day for Ghanim International Corporation Sdn Bhd at the Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) Auditorium, Design & Technology Building recently.
The event started with a spee-ch by Ghanim Chief Executive Officer Dr Nur Rahman on the role and goals of Ghanim.
Attendees were given an opportunity to learn about Ghanim’s programmes as well as the chance to network and discuss future collaborations.
The open day featured three Ghanim initiatives – The Junction Retail Entrepreneurship Programme, the Buy Local Produce Campaign and Brunei Food Industry Development (BFID).
The Junction Retail Entrepreneurship Programme encourages local participation within the retail sector and is under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE).
Ghanim currently operates five outlets in the programme and plans to open another 10 in the coming months.
The company’s responsibilities in the programme include facilitating setting up stores with inventory management systems and providing continuous retail training for entrepreneurs.
The programme targets youth interested in entrepreneurship and aims to develop local entrepreneurs and create a sustainable ecosystem of employment for the local workforce.
Meanwhile, the Buy Local Produce Campaign is an initiative to support local farmers and growers in collaboration with the MoFE and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Through this initiative Ghanim supports local farmers and vendors in marketing and selling their produce to local buyers including supermarkets, restaurants and consumers.
Ghanim has engaged with more than 70 local farmers and growers, supplying up to 93 types of products since its introduction in April 2020.
In the upcoming BFID initiative, Ghanim plans to support the nation’s aspiration for food security.
The project features a specified MSME production line designed with specialised processing and manufacturing rooms and common pre-processing and storage areas.
This facility is expected to boost MSMEs’ productivity by increasing manufacturing capacity, facilitating product research, conducting research and enabling commercial production, allowing them easy access to both local and international markets.
The open day was supported by DARe.