Aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses are invited to attend Darussalam Enterprise’s (DARe) Enterprise Open Day (EOD) this Friday, May 19, at Seria’s Pusat Insani to inquire and learn about the government’s initiatives and support for businesses.
More than 30 government agencies and financial institutions will have booths with staff on hand to provide consultation to the community on business related matters from 9am until 5pm, breaking between 11.30am and 2.30pm for Friday prayers.
DARe’s Business Helpdesk will also be present to log in issues and inquiries from businesses, with dedicated officers assigned to look into each case.
Alongside the booths, talks will be held throughout the day, beginning with a presentation on the Sultanate’s vision, Wawasan Brunei 2035, at 9.30am, followed by a talk at 10am on the procedure to obtain halal certification by the Halal Food Control Division under the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Businesses looking to learn about nutrient labelling and how to test the shelf life of their products can participate in a presentation by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism at 10.30am.
In the afternoon at 3pm, the Brunei Intellectual Property Office will present on how and why businesses should register Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Plant Varieties Protection (PVP).
DARe will also explain its Industry Business Academy (IBA), a capacity building programme to provide micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with knowledge they need to start, grow and export their products and services. These include classes on productivity, financial management, marketing, customer service, corporate governance and HR capability.
Agencies attending include the Ease of Doing Business Unit, Registry of Company and Business Names, Revenue Division, E-Government National Centre, Department of Electrical Services, Department of Water Services, Labour Department, Immigration Department, JobCentre Brunei, Occupational Health Division, Municipal Department, Belait District Office, Royal Customs & Excise Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Certificate of Origin), Authority of Building Control and Construction Industry, Land Department, Town & Country Planning Department, Agriculture & Agrifood Division, OneBiz, Expo and Trade Fair Secretariat, Tabung Amanah Pekerja and Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam.
Financial institutions include Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Standard Chartered Bank, Baiduri, Maybank and Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei.
EOD is a continuous initiative by DARe, held in all four districts to update public on improvements being made to the business ecosystem, register issues faced by business community that needs appropriate resolution and to create awareness on services provided by government agencies and the private sector for Brunei Darussalam’s business community.