Berakas Power Company (BPC) awarded its first i-Usahawan contract to a new startup company, Al-Fayyadh Management, following a contract signing ceremony today at BPC Headquarters in Terunjing, Berakas.

Under the new contract, Al-Fayyadh Management will provide cleaning services to BPC’s facilities in various phases for three years, providing employment opportunities to seven local cleaners once all phases are reached.

Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Turner who signed on behalf of BPC said that as a government-linked company, BPC is delighted to participate in the i-Usahawan programme, describing it as rewarding to be “directly involved in the creation of a new Brunei company with local employees”.

Members of Berakas Power Company (BPC), Al-Fayyadh Management and In-Country Value (ICV) Division at the Ministry of Energy at the signing ceremony. Image courtesy of BPC

Director of Al-Fayyadh Management, Zainatul Yusrin Hj Omar expressed gratitude for being given the opportunity to participate in the startup’s first contract, promising to strive towards providing quality services as well as strengthening rapport with BPC.

“This contract is the first of many to come as we will look to grow the company, provide more job opportunities for our youth and be a successful, locally owned, premium service provider in the future,” added Zainatul, who signed on behalf of Al-Fayyadh Management.

The i-Usahawan programme is an initiative led by the Ministry of Energy and is targeted towards Rakyat Jati youths to encourage entrepreneurship and to support youths in starting their own businesses.

Berakas Power Company (BPC) Chief Executive Officer Stephen Turner and Al-Fayyadh Management Director Zainatul Yusrin Haji Omar during the signing ceremony. Image courtesy of BPC

Furthermore, the programme provides business opportunities for aspiring Brunei-Malay youth entrepreneurs to competitively participate in low risk (ring-fenced) contracts or tenders with companies in the oil and gas industry, non-oil and gas industry as well as GLCs or statutory bodies and the government sectors.

Through the programme, participating youth entrepreneurs would undergo SME training offered by Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) such as the Micro Bootcamp and Start-Up Bootcamp, among others prior to participating in the tenders. 

Youth entrepreneurs will be able to develop and enhance their entrepreneurial skills through continuous mentorship from contract owners throughout their business contracts. – Wardi Wasil 

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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