The second edition of the Entrepreneurs Dialogue engaged local entrepreneurs on the recently launched Brunei Economic Blueprint, in an effort to galvanise the local business community towards the nation’s economic development.

The dialogue was held last week at the main auditorium of the Design & Technology building in Anggerek Desa, with the main highlight of the event being a presentation by the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah speaking during the 2nd Entrepreneurs Dialogue. Image: Courtesy of DARe

This represents the second edition of the Entrepreneurs Dialogue, which was initially launched in 2020 by the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei (YEAB) in collaboration with Darussalam Enterprise (DARe).

Speaking on this year’s main theme titled “Towards a Dynamic and Sustainable Economy”, YEAB President Fatin Ariffin underscored the important role that businesses play in the country’s economic progress.

YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew (L) and YEAB President Fatin Ariffin (R) in a session during the 2nd Entrepreneurs Dialogue. Image: Courtesy of DARe

“The dialogue today is an important one as part of our aspiration (is) to empower our entrepreneurs (and) to realise that businesses in aggregate is the engine of Brunei’s economic development,” she said.

“The Brunei Economic Blueprint puts productive and vibrant businesses as the first aspiration and has clearly laid out our government’s aspirations for our businesses to increase productivity, enhance competitiveness and export,” added Fatin.

CEO of DARe Javed Ahmad speaking during the 2nd Entrepreneurs Dialogue. Image: Courtesy of DARe

In his part, CEO of DARe Javed Ahmad said that among the six aspirations featured within the economic blueprint, the dialogue chose to shine a light on the first aspiration; Productive and Vibrant Businesses.

He explained how this particular aspiration looks to nurture businesses that are “resilient” and are able to harness opportunities brought by the fourth industrial revolution through the adoption of cutting-edge technology.

A participant posing a question during the 2nd Entrepreneurs Dialogue. Image: Courtesy of DARe

In light of this, Javed believed that youth entrepreneurs play a significant role in realising this aspiration and as such, there is a need to foster a conducive youth entrepreneurship ecosystem in the sultanate.

“We hope to align this work with the National Youth Policy and Strategy (DBNS) 2020-2035, particularly Core Strategy 3 – Education, Employability and Decent Work, within which, Policy Initiative 5 is on building a conducive environment of entrepreneurship and self-employed youth,” he said in his remarks.

YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew (C) in a group photo during the 2nd Entrepreneurs Dialogue. Image: Courtesy of DARe

“We look forward to working with YEAB to work together to drive entrepreneurship initiatives for the benefit of youth entrepreneurs in Brunei Darussalam through a Whole-of-Nation approach,” the CEO added. – Wardi Wasil

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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