At the side of Brunei’s Chairmanship of ASEAN this 12 months, the Younger Entrepreneurs Affiliation of Brunei (YEAB) is chairing the ASEAN Younger Entrepreneurs (AYE) Council.
Established in 2016, the council contains younger entrepreneurs associations throughout ASEAN and goals to be a platform selling alternate and cooperation amongst younger entrepreneurs and buyers inside ASEAN member states in addition to encourage members to contribute to the event of ASEAN and worldwide financial cooperation.
The handover of the AYE Council Chairmanship befell in the course of the 5th AYE Carnival 2020 hosted just about in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam final November.
YEAB shared the theme for Brunei’s ASEAN Chairmanship for 2021 – ‘We Care, We Put together, We Prosper’, reflecting three precedence areas: caring for the individuals and one another’s well-being; making ready for future alternatives and challenges; and prospering collectively as a unified area.
YEAB President and AYE Council 2021 Chair Nurliyana Fatin binti Arifin mentioned, “Echoing His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s view that ASEAN should proceed to strengthen our solidarity and proceed to advance collectively, YEAB throughout our chairmanship shall goal to proceed to champion micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), digitalisation and contribute to the event of a extra conducive and vibrant digital entrepreneurship ecosystem in ASEAN with our AYE Council colleagues.
“This is likely one of the most difficult instances to be an entrepreneur (globally) just because nobody anticipated a pandemic of this scale to disrupt connectivity, influence companies and economies particularly within the age of globalisation. This pandemic additionally accelerated the shift to e-commerce not simply in ASEAN however globally.”
“So selling digitalisation amongst MSMEs is well timed and paramount; and supporting them to beat the challenges of digitalisation will proceed to be a precedence particularly as COVID-19 pandemic is the brand new paradigm. On the 5th AYE Carnival, we heard that a lot work stays to be achieved for MSMEs to entry alternatives inclusively.”
Nurliyana Fatin described YEAB being chair of the AYE Council this 12 months as “a possibility we tremendously welcome”, and mentioned they “hope to proceed the legacy in selling the spirit of entrepreneurship additional and shall be guided by AYE Council’s rules to generate extra alternatives with one another”.
The Vietnam Younger Entrepreneurs Affiliation put collectively the 5th AYE Carnival digitally within the face of COVID-19, bringing collectively ASEAN entrepreneurs just about. The carnival additionally noticed the disclosing of the AYE Council web site, which YEAB will proceed to construct as a digital dwelling for younger entrepreneurs.
YEAB expects to host the 6th AYE Carnival digitally this 12 months and host on-line engagements to attach ASEAN entrepreneurs.
“We’re making ready and hope to host the digital AYE Carnival. We’re additionally regularly socialising concerning the chairmanship with key stakeholders and discover alternatives for collaboration and partnerships,” mentioned the YEAB president.
They’re additionally aiming to host a number of on-line sequence within the type of boards and probably workshops for ASEAN MSMEs, leveraging on the robust community and assets that they’ve inside the AYE Council.
Since 2020, YEAB in partnership with EICA, Google Developer’s Group (GDG) Brunei, Maven’s Hive, LiveWIRE Brunei and Suppose Axis has been internet hosting bodily and digital workshops to assist MSMEs digital adoption below the ASEAN MSMEs Go Digital initiative.
Since July, they hosted over 25 workshop sequence in varied focus areas together with digital accounting, social media, advertising and digital collaboration, participating with over 500 MSMEs. They count on to proceed this initiative till Might, and are hoping to succeed in out to 1,500 MSMEs.
“The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the should be digitally prepared and savvy, so by means of these workshops we need to present the instruments and know-how for companies to adapt to new digital applied sciences to rise above the challenges introduced by the pandemic, particularly because it has now turn out to be an crucial for companies to be future prepared and disaster proof,” Nurliyana Fatin mentioned.
She affirmed that YEAB aspires to play its half in growing entrepreneurs with world imaginative and prescient, mindset and ambition, including that the affiliation continues to encourage and in addition problem younger entrepreneurs to transcend their potential. Requested what her hopes are for YEAB’s chairmanship of the AYE Council this 12 months, Nurliyana Fatin mentioned, “YEAB has been actively advocating for MSMEs and younger entrepreneurs to enterprise into the worldwide market. So with the robust community of younger entrepreneurs inside ASEAN by means of the AYE Council, we hope to offer alternatives for networking and publicity for younger entrepreneurs.
“With the GO Digital ASEAN workshop sequence, we goal to proceed to empower and equip MSMEs with the potential to rework their companies to be future prepared and resilient.
“Whereas 2021 might be a 12 months of restoration for some, changes as companies globally are persevering with to adapt to the brand new paradigm, we consider that this 12 months is an opportune 12 months for our Bruneian entrepreneurs to discover worldwide partnerships and collaboration, leveraging on the digital economic system.”