Al-Huffaz Management selected as top 3 startups for Demo Day in Singapore

Religious education startup Al-Huffaz Management is among three local companies selected to represent Brunei in Darussalam Enterprise’s (DARe) Accelerate Demo Day in Singapore. Accelerate, formerly known as Startup Bootcamp is a platform that started in 2016 for startups to seek advice from mentors consisting of private-sector experts and established entrepreneurs over a period of 14…

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AgroBIZ project Sembada 188 rice now available for purchase

The Sembada 188 rice cultivated by the first cohort of the LiveWIRE AgroBIZ project is now available for the public and can be purchased at the Institute of Brunei Technical Education’s (IBTE), Business Campus in Gadong and Sultan Bolkiah Campus in Seria. The milestone was commemorated with a launch event that was held at the…

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LiveWIRE AgroBIZ welcomes second batch of inductees

Fifteen new students from the Insititute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Agro-technology Campus were inducted into the LiveWIRE AgroBIZ project, a semi-government scheme that aims to produce skilled agropreneurs that can strengthen the nation’s agriculture and food security. Welcomed in as the second batch of the LiveWIRE AgroBIZ project, the new group of students was…

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Public healthcare goes cashless via BIBD QuickPay

From now on, cashless payments can now be made at all public hospitals and health centres using BIBD QuickPay, as part of the nation’s efforts in striving towards becoming a Smart Nation. Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital became the first public hospital to utilise the BIBD QuickPay mechanism where 19 counters within RIPAS…

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Six complete course with Progresif Women Future Academy

The Progresif Women Future Academy (WFA) celebrated a successful course completion for its first six participants at Progresif’s headquarters, last week. The first of its kind, Progresif WFA is designed to help women identify strengths, set smart goals and gain effective strategies to pursue them.  The 18-session masterclass and workshop additionally connected women with major…

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XOIA launches its first Eid Home collection

Local fashion designer brand XOIA released its first ready-to-wear Eid collection this year dubbed ‘Eid Home’ despite the uncertainty of celebrating the monumental holiday, following the development of COVID-19 in the sultanate. Just short of another significant milestone, the brand’s fifth anniversary which was in May, XOIA’s Designer and Creative Director, Atiqah Ismail said that…

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BIBD certified COVID-19 workplace ready

Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) has become the first bank in the country to be certified as having a workplace that is ready to address and respond to situations related to COVID-19. A total of ten staff from BIBD recently completed training that provided them with the knowledge and skills to respond to matters involving…

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Brunei eyes to grow high-yield rice variety Titih

Brunei will start cultivating the Titih rice variety, which has a yield potential of more than eight tonnes of paddy per hectare, the sultanate’s highest-yielding variety yet, by the end of this year, according to Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism. Speaking during an interview recently, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Apong said…

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AMBD issues $50m sukuk

The Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) has issued a total of $50 million sukuk (Islamic bonds) at a rental rate of 0.2500 per cent. The country’s central bank in a statement recently said that the 182nd issuance of sukuk was made on June 18 and will mature on June 17, 2021 based on a 364-day…

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Mid Valley Shopping Centre to open end of year

Mid Valley Shopping Centre is set to open its doors by end of the year, making it the latest multi-storey commercial complex in Brunei. The shopping centre which is currently under construction in Sungai Orok is strategically located surrounding residential areas of Salambigar and Lambak Kanan, easily accessible via highway from Jalan Muara, and Lambak…

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