Bruneian Life Coach

It is rare for me to read up about a Bruneian who had left Brunei and lived overseas and make something out of their life. Hope to see more of them. Unfortunately it seems that these individuals often find that they are valued more elsewhere and they stay there. Talk about Brain Drain. We need to keep this people here in Brunei, but if the country is not ready for them then it is our lost.
http://www.bt.com.bn/features/2011/08/06/life-coach-brisbane

additionally, she is conducting a talk on essence of sales. check out the facebook invite at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198431946880567

Prices of Cars in Brunei Showrooms

I’ve noticed that in car show rooms, there’s often a letter on the dashboard of the cars displayed about the price. I had only vaguely notice that it was “approved” by the Department of Economic Planning and Development (Jabatan Perancangan dan Kemajuan Ekonomi). I had recently found a list of the approved cars on their website.

It’s cool, now I don’t have to go from dealer to dealer finding the price of 1st hand cars. I’ll go check the price online, and see what the dealer has to offer. But then, I’m not in the market to  buy cars yet. are you?

This is the link to the website – http://www.depd.gov.bn/projects/control/car/Car%20Price%20Q%202010.html

Brunei’s e-government portal

Checkout the governments e-government portal at http://www.gov.bn
The website focuses on 3 types of visitors
* Locals
* Businesses
* Tourists
It has been fun for me exploring what aspects of business the government has provided facilities for. Previously, I usually googled in order to search for a government website. this portal is convenient.
Just to also share, the websites of interest for business:
-www.agc.gov.bn – the attorney general chambers website, check out online acts/regulations on business names registration, miscellaneous license, copyrights, trademarks, and other business related laws.

-www.bruneimipr.gov.bn – Ministry and Industry and Primary Resources, a lot of business may go through here e.g. agriculture, fishery and tourism.
-http://www.pelitabrunei.gov.bn/iiklan.htm – web page that contains most government tenders, although most government departments and ministries have their own tender web pages.

Luncheon Keynote on CSR by Thomas Thomas

I was lucky to represent for someone at this Luncheon by AsiaIncForum at the Radisson Hotel. The Guest Speaker was named Thomas Thomas. No typo there, the speaker spent a few moments to share his humorous experience regarding to his name, specifically on how his ancestors before him was named the same, and he stopped the tradition on himself from transferring to his son. Thomas Thomas is the Executive Director of Singapore Compact.

CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility according to Thomas is not just a side objective, but it can also be a long term core strategy in any organization. Specifically to fulfill the needs of the Environment, Employees and Economics, or as he puts it the planet, people and profits. He cited several real examples of companies that has practiced CSR at their core strategy and prosper to the present day.

I took pictures of the events and of the Slides which are available on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=201481&id=550578077&l=4a0f8bea5b

LiveWIRE Business Awards 2010-2011

The LiveWIRE Business Awards was launched last Tuesday, on 9th November 2010. I have personally joined this competition a few times since 2003. It had allowed myself to realize my entrepreneurial desires, which started me in creating business plans and learning about how most business operate.

The categories for this competition are:

Category A – Business Plan (Just the Plan, not necessary you have or want to start a business, but its a good start)

  • A1 – Upper secondary and Form 6
  • A2 Post Secondary and Higher Institutions
  • A3 – LiveWIRE participants and open category

Category B – Enterprise (existing businesses)

  • B1 – LiveWIRE Business Network Awards (Biz that has started at least for 6 months)
  • B2 – LiveWIRE SME Awards (over 3 years in business)

The categories have been condensed from the previous years, that means that there is more competition for  a single category, on the other hand the prize money has been increased.

The Business Awards is probably the most well known of activities that is held by LiveWIRE Brunei. Other Activities are:

  • Bright Ideas (BI) – A 2 day Introductory Course in Entrepreneurship and the Right Mindset
  • Be A Successful Owner and Manager (BSOM) – a 4 day course which showcases Local Entrepreneurs to share their experience and knowledge.
  • Business Plan Series – A workshop to help participants in creating a business plan
  • Leadership Camp – A 3 day Camp that focuses on self-development, transformation and Leadership.

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Expo Usahawan Hari Belia

2-3 August 2010 – Expo Usahawan Hari Belia

This was held at the Dewan Serbaguna of the Indoor Stadium in Berakas. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) celebrated the Youth day (Hari Belia) at the indoor stadium, where his majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam attended. His Majesty then went on the view the exhibition of Young Entrepreneurs, and related associations such as the

  • Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources’ (MIPR) Entrepreneurial Development Centre (EDC)
  • Baiduri Bank
  • BIBD
  • Pusat Pembangunan Belia
  • LiveWIRE Brunei
  • Warisan Ummi
  • Noriah Bakery
  • Hidayah IT & Learning Centre
  • NHI Marketing

more pics on FB:

International Halal Market Conference 2010

The International Halal Market Conference (IHMC) 2010 was held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) on the 5th and 6th of June 2010.

The Guest of Honor for the conference was Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna. The conference covered on topics concerning the past, present and future of the halal market. Among the topics discussed were:

  • updates concerning the Brunei Halal Brand Initiative.
  • the international market trends and how halal can be the megatrend.
  • how a huge company like nestle is making halal as a business model.
  • Halal Finance and investments.
  • National Halal Programmes from countries that are close by like Singapore, Thailand and Philippines, as well as those in Australia, UK and Bosnia Herzegovina.

Details of the Conference can be read from the IHMC official website.

There were several issues that were raise from Questions and Answers sessions as well as the discussion dialogue held at the closing of the conference. Among them were:

  • How each country has made their own halal certification process and branding,  may benefit from putting a single halal certification for all countries. as this would help the countries to import and export to each other more easily. OR to have a single marketing company for all the halal certified countries/companies e.g. diamond marketing.
  • The issues of different countries may be practicing process that may seem dubious to each other. e.g. the use of stunning before the slaughter, or using machinery for slaughter.
  • Promoting Brunei Halal Brand by having companies undergo a sort of American Idol version for Halal Business or Business plan. and then have them present at the next IHMC.
  • Promoting CSR or Community/Corporate Social Responsibility as an Islamic way of doing business.

View the facebook photos here.

International Halal Expo 2010

The International Halal Expo (IHPE) 2010 was held between 3rd June til 6th June 2010 at the International Convention Centre (ICC). The opening was graced by His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam.



After the launching ceremony, His Majesty visited most of the booths and stalls in the Expo. His Majesty was keen to know about the current status of local entrepreneurs as His Majesty often asked a few entrepreneurs the well being of their business.

Among the Expo participants were local and international entrepreneurs and businesses, banks, insurance agencies, Business Development Services, Food Manufacturers and Suppliers, Bakeries, Restaurants and government agencies. On the 5th and 6th of June 2010, there was an International Halal Market Conference (IHMC) in a separate hall in ICC, which was participated by local and internationals.

Picture that was taken at the event can be viewed from my facebook page.

VSAPAC Incubation Technical Assistance Programme

8th March 2010, Monday – An Incuabation Technical Assistance programme was held at Entrepreneurial Development Centre, Sinaut, Tutong. The programme was organized by Vector Scorecard (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd.

Among the participant were incubatees, selected SME’s and officers from EDC.

The objectives of the program was to help incubatees and SME’s understand more Continue reading

SME Halal Workshop 2010

3rd March 2010 – MIPR held another SME Halal Workshop.

The event was held at MIPR building in Berakas. The opening remarks were given by the guest of honor – the new MIPR permanent secretary, and the head of entrepreneurial development centre (EDC).

The first talk was “Preparing SMEs for the Global Halal Market” by Abdalhamid Evans from Imarat Consultants. Among the topics he talked about were:

  • The global opportunities that exist for any SME’s venturing into the halal market.
  • How the halal market is not just about food, but also the logistics of transporting it, and also on products such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
  • How the recent global financial crisis has lead more people to consider more on quality rather than just cheap pricing.
  • Exemplary entrepreneurs in the US that succeeded in the Halal Market
  • List of attitudes that would make entrepreneurs successful. (I personally like the point about how we may need to sacrifice opportunities to focus on the right strategies)
  • How the Brunei Halal Brand that it had now made Brunei a Leader in the Halal Market.

The second speaker was Tina Jamaluddin. Her talk was about how her company started as a small sme and how it expanded into an internationally exporting company. She is also shared her tips on making an SME as successful.

In the the Q and A session later both speakers answered questions from the participants.

Later in the afternoon were talks by Rushdi of Mimit E technologies and Noel Shield of Ghanim International.

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More pics of the event can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=123507&id=550578077&l=486b0463c3