Brunei to host Regional Youth Business Talk in 2015

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THE Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Youth Centre under the Department of Youth and Sports is planning to host the first Regional Youth Business Talk at the end of next year in the capital.

Plans are under way to invite 10 youths from each member of ASEAN as well as Japan and South Korea.

Speakers from the region will be invited to talk to those attending, which will include about 200 youths from Brunei.

The head of the Youth Entrepreneurship Programme and International Relations at the Youth Centre in BSB, Pg Kamal Ghadafi Pg Hj Suhaimi, told The Brunei Times yesterday that one of the main reasons for hosting the regional talks is for youths to share ideas and knowledge on not only opening their own businesses but also expanding overseas.

“We have heard a lot about unemployment around our region. What we want is for our youths to be ready and overcome this challenge by not depending on work with the government or private sector but be self-dependent,” he said.

Pg Kamal Ghadafi feels that one of the challenges setting youths back in Brunei in terms of business opportunities is their lack of inspiration.

He said it’s not that they don’t have ideas about types of businesses to pursue; it’s just that they don’t have enough drive to go beyond their comfort zones.

“We need to help and prepare our youths because as it is, more than 50 per cent of Brunei’s population now comprise youths. We need to help open their minds and make an impact. One way to do that is to open up channels of networking for them,” he said.

The Youth Entrepreneurship Programme hopes to inspire youths and give them opportunities to expand their businesses abroad.

“We do not want our youths to think their businesses are only sustainable in Brunei. They can spread to outside markets, and I really believe this can be done,” he said.

Over the past two years since the programme was established, they have trained close to 300 youths.

Usually, they hold youth entrepreneurship talks once a month which are open to all youths. Next year, however, Pg Kamal Ghadafi said they plan to hold them three to four times a month.

The first of these talks will take place at the end of January, and all interested youths are invited to attend the programme.

The Brunei Times