| Azlan Othman |
A CONTRACT-SIGNING ceremony was held yesterday for two local start-up companies that will be providing their services to Brunei National Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (PetroleumBRUNEI) under the umbrella of the i-Usahawan initiative driven by the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI).
The signing ceremony, held at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex, was attended by Permanent Secretary (Manpower) at the MEMI Haji Zolkiflee bin Haji Abdul Karim and Chief Executive Officer of PetroleumBRUNEI Hayden Ian Furlonge.
Other government officials and officers from PetroleumBRUNEI also attended the ceremony.
OCD-BN and DMOS Technologies signed a five-year contract to provide office cleaning services and printing services for PetroleumBRUNEI respectively, commencing August this year.
These contracts are the first two contracts awarded by PetroleumBRUNEI under the i-Usahawan scheme, and PetroleumBRUNEI will conduct another round of i-Usahawan tenders in the second half of this year.
Furlonge said that this event marked a very important step for PetroleumBRUNEI, as well as for DMOS Technologies and OCD-BN. “DMOS Technologies will supply printing and related services, and OCD-BN will provide cleaning services to our facilities,” he said.
“The i-Usahawan programme is already showing how added-value can be created from the oil and gas sector, by encouraging the establishment of other businesses.
“PetroleumBRUNEl is working closely with key stakeholders, including the MEMI and with the Ministry of Finance and Economy, to increase activity in the sector and importantly to create more spin-off opportunities such as this.
“We are quite pleased, with the steerage of the MEMI that within one year, we have managed to make this a reality.”
He added, “We do not see our role as ending here, as a mere client-contractor relationship. PetroleumBRUNEI has also developed an SME Development Framework.
The objective of this framework is to increase local small and medium enterprises (SME) competency and capability with training and coaching in areas such as finance, general management, HSSE, and business processes.
According to a statement from the MEMI, “As Brunei Darussalam’s national oil company, PetroleumBRUNEI strives to support the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s efforts in encouraging local companies to grow their business by guiding them through proper coaching and mentoring programmes throughout their five-year contract with PetroleumBRUNEI.”
The Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme, also known as i-Usahawan, was launched by His Majesty during the official opening ceremony of the 13th National Youth Day on August 1, 2018.