Local businesses seek opportunities at ADB seminar

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Categories: Current Affairs
November 21, 2019

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) was invited by the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) to conduct their first ever Business Opportunities Seminar (BOS) in Brunei yesterday, 20th November, 2019 at MoFE headquarters.


Featuring a presentation delivered by Keiko Koiso, a Procurement Specialist from ADB’s Operations Services and Financial Management Department, the event served as a platform for local corporations and enterprises to gain further exposure and opportunities to expand their businesses through international projects, activities and operations under ADB. 


Attending the seminar as the Guest of Honour was Permanent Secretary (Performance & Corporate) at MoFE, Pengiran Dayang Hajah Zety Sufina binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sani, who in her opening remarks stated that one of the main purposes of the event is to share information for local businesses to work with ADB and other tender projects outside the country. 


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The Guest of Honour, Permanent Secretary (Performance & Corporate) at MoFE, Pengiran Dayang Hajah Zety Sufina binti Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sani (Left) delivering her opening remarks at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Business Opportunities Seminar (BOS)


Also present at the seminar were Council Members of Pertubuhan Ukur, Jurutera dan Arkitek (PUJA): Ir. Awang Haji Mohammad Zin bin Haji Salleh (Vice-President and Chairman of the Engineer Division), Sr. Haji Zariful bin Haji Mohamed (Treasurer), Ir. Awang Haji Mohd Yunus bin Haji Mohd Yusof (General Member under Membership and Discipline) and Ar. Awang Khalid bin Haji Sirat (General Member under Professional Practice and CPD); alongside other PUJA members; government officials; as well as owners and staff members of local businesses that are involved in education and training, energy, finance, infrastructure and urban development. 


Apart from an overview of ADB' relations and general procurement framework, the seminar presentation also touched on their key market and sector priorities, as well as ongoing and upcoming business opportunities.


ADB is a financial institution aimed at fostering economic growth and cooperation, through the provision of financial assistance such as loans, grants and equity investments. The institution consists of 68 members — 49 of which are from Asia and the Pacific region —  including Brunei, who joined ADB in 2006.


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ADB's Procurement Specialist, Keiko Koiso, during her presentation at the seminar