Brunei Procurement Conference 2015

The first Brunei Procurement Conference will be held on 6th October 2015 at the Parkview Hotel, Jerudong; tailor-made especially for Chief Procurement Officers, senior executives, thought-leaders and procurement innovators at the forefront of their field.

Organized by CONFEX, the conference’s agenda is to gather procurement experts and professionals towards a healthy and positive commercial activity for both the private and the public sector besides empowering the conference delegates with knowledge and guidance on the latest trends in the global market.

Themed “Mapping the future of Procurement”, the conference program includes keynotes and breakout sessions with case studies from the Brunei State Tender Board representative and international speakers and procurement consultant. Among the topics are “Overseeing procurement policy and practices”, “Setting the benchmark on global standards for Procurement and Supply” and “Building sustainable learning organization by effective supplier performance measurement and evaluation process.”

There will also be a Post-Conference workshop called: “Effective Procurement Process” to be held following the conference on the 7th & 8th October 2015.The workshop aims to support management in the implementation of business process improvement strategies that align organization practices with strategic objectives. This workshop is for those who are responsible for leading and managing groups or larger organizational units and those who take an active role in managing business process improvement.

To find out more about the conference and the workshop or be a strategic partner; please call +673 828 2213 or 265 1155; or email: to inquire. Special group discounts available.


Brunei Darussalam which is strategically located in the heart of ASEAN, will see it’s first retail forum this September. The forum, aptly named BARTER 2015 – Brunei Annual Retail Forum; will be held on 17 September 2015 at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.

Organized by CONFEX, the forum’s agenda is to discuss on ASEAN integration and regional expansion. With a combined population of approximately 625 million people, one simply cannot ignore this region’s huge potential gains and accessibility. As the region becomes a single, highly competitive market, retail analysts assess the impact and opportunities for both regional and retail players.

A host of local and international speakers and the region’s top retailers have been planned to be at BARTER. The program includes keynotes, discussions, augmented reality demonstration to help boost businesses and a master class.

Among the discussion topics at the forum will be “What’s next for ASEAN? Retail leaders’ big predictions on challenges & opportunities;” and “Beyond Brunei Borders: Making the first leap”.

The Master Class will be held on 18 September 2015 and conducted by Kevin Hennah, a renowned international Retail Consultant. Kevin will show how retail presentation can be improved and profit maximized via a merchandising strategy, innovative use of pace and store layout. His class is titled “Visual merchandising and space management”. This session is a dynamic and interactive learning session where Kevin will draw his extensive experience working with a broad cross-section of successful retailers on sales-driven merchandising strategies.

There will also be a Mobile Consumer Showcase running alongside the forum to be held at The Mall from 17th to 20th September 2015. This will be a showcase of mobile application developers, creators and brand distributors. There will also be stage activities with presentations, games, interactive demonstrations and offers.

To find out how to join in or be a strategic partner for BARTER; please call +673 828 2213 and for the showcase: +673 866 4378; or email: to enquire.

We are hiring!


Your roles and responsibilities as:

Managing Editor:

  1. Assist in coordinating, executing and managing the publications under Confex Trade Publication Division according to plan or as required by the Editor-in-Chief or Project Manager
  2. Assist with the development and growth of Confex Trade Publication Division according to plan or as required by the the Editor-in-Chief or Project Manager
  3. Act as a liaison with various Government departments and private sectors relating to publications
  4. Develop story and visual ideas for the Confex Trade Publication Division
  5. Development of writers and editors within Confex Trade Publication Division so they can grow and improve
  6. Tasks include but are not limited to administrative duties that are tied in with the responsibilities of managing the Confex Trade Publication Division
  7. Should have multitasking ability as and when the situation arises in the interest of the company.

Project Executive (Exhibitions & Trade Fairs):

  1. Preparing application to the relevant authority
  2. Locating suitable venues
  3. Financial and managerial administration
  4. Marketing and selling exhibition space/stands
  5. Coordinating sponsorship
  6. Advertising and publicizing events
  7. Liaising with caterers, suppliers and contractors
  8. Drafting promotional material/press releases
  9. Overseeing the production of tickets and advertisement material
  10. Undertaking market research
  11. Ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation
  12. Prior experience in expo industry is a must

Email us your resume with attachments not exceeding 2MB.

Applications can also be sent to:

The Project Manager
CONFEX Training Services
Unit 4, Bangunan Suasa, Simpang 16-8,
Jalan Telanai,
Brunei Darussalam

The deadline to submit applications is 1st June 2015.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Full text of Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna’s Sabda at #ESAP 2015

Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna delivering her opening Sabda at the 4th Annual Executive Secretaries & Admin Professionals Conference 2015. Credit: Information Department

Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade consented to deliver her Sabda at the official opening ceremony of the 4th Annual Executive Secretaries & Admin Professionals Conference 2015 on 29 April 2015.
Credit: Information Department





General Manager, Mr Hafriz Musa,
Distinguished speakers


Ladies and Gentleman


I am happy to join you all this morning in celebrating this special occasion for our Executive Secretaries and Admin Professionals. My warmest congratulations to CONFEX for organizing this Conference, and I thank you very much for your kind invitation.

I wish to also take this opportunity to welcome our distinguished speakers from abroad who will be presenting a wide range of interesting topics.

I understand that this Conference is now in its fourth year, and that each year, it highlights and increases awareness on the importance of our admin professionals’ development skills and professionalism – two elements that are becoming more significant in both the public and private sectors.

This event is indeed a high acknowledgement of their roles. They remain the backbone of any organization, making the day to day operations run smoothly, in a fully organized manner, and at times even working beyond their normal call of duty.

Ladies and gentleman,

As we live in a progressively advanced world, there is a fear that the development of computers, smart phones and other electronic hardware and software would have diminished the role of admin professionals.

While it is true that our gadgets and office equipment have evolved into dramatically advanced machines, we still do require the commitment and human touch that our admin professionals provide us with. It is the human factor – the emotions and face-to-face interactions – which makes all the difference in the workplace.

There is no doubt that some challenges do prevail, such as the need to stay relevant and competitive. Self-empowerment through knowledge and skills is therefore of utmost importance by adopting a lifelong learning attitude. This will mean that they have constantly acquired new or in-depth knowledge and upgrade their skills.

This will make them to be more self-reliant and adaptable to ever changing situations.

I believe that it is also important to create a conducive working environment for our professionals. This will enable them to develop a positive attitude and outlook, while striving to become innovative individuals.

Ladies and gentleman,

As most of our admin professionals are working parents, it is crucial to balance their work and personal lives one should complement the other. At no time should their work life overwhelm their personal life, and vice-versa. Thus, the theme of this year’s Conference should be a reminder for all our admin professionals – “We work hard and we play harder”.

The Government of His Majesty, through the Institute of Civil Service, has been conducting courses on work life balance for both the public and private sectors.

Due to its importance, the Special Committee under the National Plan of Action for women, also organizes courses and road shows on work family balance, addressing vital factors such as time and stress management.

Ladies and gentlemen,

To all delegates, I hope that you will enjoy yourselves throughout this Conference. Much can be learnt from listening to the distinguished speakers and interacting with them. Moreover, the new contacts and network will be useful for your future work.

I am confident that you will be able to share each other’s experiences, enrich yourselves with more knowledge and return to your offices with renewed motivation, inspiration and vigor.

This, I am certain, also comes from the satisfaction of knowing that you are very much appreciated and honored for the vital role that you all play.

So remember, “work hard and play hard too,”… and at the same time, “keep fit and stay healthy”.

And with the kalimah ‘Bismillahirrahmannirahim”,

I declare open the 4th Annual Executive Secretaries and Admin Professionals Conference 2015,

And launch the CONFEX newsletter, FOCUS.

Thank you.

Wabillahi Taufiq Walhidayah,

Wassalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Welcoming remark of Hafriz Musa, General Manager, CONFEX at #ESAP2015

General Manager of CONFEX, Hafriz Musa delivering his welcoming remark at #ESAP2015Bismillahirrahmanneraheem,

Assalamualaikum warrahmatullahi wabarakatuh and a Good morning to everyone,

On behalf of CONFEX, I’d like to convey our appreciation and gratitude to Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade for accepting our invitation as the guest of honour. Welcome Your Royal Highness – We are honored to have you with us.

To all our delegates, sponsor and invited guests…Welcome to the 4th Annual Executive Secretaries & Admin Professionals Conference 2015 and congratulations on your recommendation for being nominated to attend this event today.

I’d like to open with a quote that I hope will condition our minds ready for learning – “Knowledge is like climbing a mountain; the higher you reach, the more you can see and appreciate.”

Now, I know the 4th Annual Executive Secretaries & Admin Professionals Conference 2015 is a really long title to pronounce, so let’s just call it ESAP 2015.

You might ask yourselves – Why are we doing this? Well, this week marks the ‘World Secretaries Week’ – A week that is observed and celebrated globally at the end of April to recognize the efforts of both secretaries & Admin professionals. In Brunei, ESAP is the only event that gathers secretaries and admin officers a chance to re-charge, motivate, learn & network with one another.

With this year’s theme, “We work hard. And, we play harder!” our team has prepared a full itinerary that will encourage your career development and growth prospects. Over the next 2 days, you’ll witness exciting topics such as ‘Creating a culture of innovation’, ‘Influential Communication’, ‘Beating Brain Freeze’, ‘Speed Writing’, ‘Attitude Advantage’, ‘Soul Detox’, and ‘The Art of beauty’ just to name a few. These will be delivered by a selected panel of global professional speakers and not to mention, our very own Brunei-based speakers as well. I hope everyone will enjoy these sessions, and in particular, I encourage you to take full advantage of this opportunity to ask any burning questions that you may have at the end of each session.

Your Royal Highness, Invited Guests, Ladies  & Gentlemen – I would like to end my speech by sharing with you a story that I felt was appropriate for today’s event.

Here’s how it goes –

A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the company. Instead of choosing one of his directors, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.”

The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a SEED today – one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”

One lady, named Annie, was there that day and she, like the others, have received the seed. She went home and excitedly, told her husband the story.

Every day, she would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Annie kept checking her seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Annie didn’t have a plant and she felt like a failure.

Six months went by – still nothing in Annie’s pot. Everyone else had tress and tall plants, but she had nothing. Annie didn’t say anything to her colleagues. However, she just kept watering and fertilizing the soil.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to their CEO for inspection. Annie told her husband that she wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Annie felt sick in her stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of her life but she knew her husband was right.

She took her empty pot to the board room. When Annie arrived, she was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful, in all shapes and sizes. Annie put her empty pot on the floor and many of her colleagues laughed!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Annie tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!” all of a sudden, the CEO spotted Annie at the back of the room with her empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring her to the front. Annie was terrified. She thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”

When Annie got to the front, the CEO asked her what had happened to her Seed – Annie told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Annie. He looked at Annie, and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive! Her name is Annie!”

Annie couldn’t believe it. Annie couldn’t even grow her seed. How could she be the new CEO, the others said?

Then the CEO said, “one year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today.

But, I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Annie was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, she is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!”

The moral of the story is:

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.

If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment.

If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.

If you plant hard work, you will reap success.

If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

So, be mindful of what you plant now, it will determine what you will reap later.

Wabillahitaufik Walhidayah Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahiwabarakatuh.