Six progress to next phase of business programme

|    James Kon     |

SIX out of 16 participants of the Youth Development Centre (PPB) Lights On Programme will head to the programme’s Phase Three and Phase Four after impressing with their business ideas during the closing ceremony of the current phase held at the 15th floor of the PGGMB Building yesterday.

Each of the six participants pitched their business ideas to Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, the guest of honour, at the closing ceremony.

The six successful participants are Aniqah Futhia’ah binti Abdul Hadi with her ‘Muslimah fashion’ business idea, Norhazimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman with her ‘agribusiness’ idea, Pengiran Siti Nurkhatiz’zah binti Pengiran Ismail with her ‘wedding boutique’ business idea, Nuz Zulaikha binti Haji Zulkefli with her ‘health and beauty’ business idea, Nuraziematul Aisyah binti Zuraimi with her ‘arts and crafts’ business idea, and Naslailawati binti Haji Abdul Ghani with her ‘fashion’ business idea.

Held for the first time by the PPB with the cooperation of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), the programme’s goal is to produce youth capable of starting their own businesses and becoming independent and not relying on employment opportunities from the government and private sectors.

Another four participants will form a PPB food and beverages consortium following encouraging business proposals. They are Nur’ Ahlina @ Nur’ Aziemah binti Yusof, Amir Wajihuddin bin Suhaili, Muhammad Khairul bin Muhammad Harris and Muhammad Hifzan bin Haji Saman.

Guest of honour Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin in a group photo with officials and the programme’s participants at the ceremony. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON
The guest of honour listens to a participant presenting her business idea

Amir Wajihuddin, who came up with the ‘Awesome Roti John’ business idea, expressed his thanks to the PPB and BIBD for hosting the programme, which he said “has helped boost my knowledge in doing business”.

“I didn’t know I was chosen to be part of the consortium. I will do my best and we will discuss the start and details of the consortium,” he said.

The initial phase of the PPB Lights On Programme took place from July 8-16 with the assessment of the participants’ working papers done by the PPB and BIBD.

The successful participants will also showcase their products during the National Youth Day celebration on August 1.