Government unveils business-friendly initiatives

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE government is working on finding a solution to lower the pricing of courier delivery services within Brunei to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) conduct their business activities more efficiently, said the Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar also told the media in an interview yesterday that a platform will be established in two weeks’ time for “skills matching” which will be able to match the skills of potential employees with the requirements of entrepreneurs.

The minister revealed the new initiatives following a dialogue organised by Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) for online vendors on Wednesday at the Design and Technology Building which was attended by more than 100 online vendors and entrepreneurs.

“The entrepreneurs are really very talented, and it’s a waste if we aren’t helping them. From last night’s meeting with them (online vendors), we will also be working hard on PayPal,” he said.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin also said they will be looking into the courier services in Brunei.

“Online vendors at yesterday’s dialogue voiced out that courier services are expensive in Brunei. One of them was thinking of distributing her product (juice) to Temburong. But she said through a courier, she would have to pay $45 to transport it,” he said.

During the media interview, the minister said government authorities and DARe would be meeting later that afternoon to find a solution to lower the prices of couriers in Brunei.

He added that he had already contacted colleagues at the Ministry of Communications to discuss the issue.

“The other important thing from the vendors was that they talked about business expansion and employing Bruneians. So we’ve decided to create a platform for skills matching. This is where we will see the matching of skills and what the vendors can offer. This platform will be established within the next two weeks.”

YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin said an eco-system that facilitates entrepreneurship here in Brunei needs to be created before thinking about venturing overseas.

The Brunei Times