82% of business problems filed with DARe resolved

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SINCE DARe’s (Darussalam Enterprise) establishment in January this year, 82 per cent or about 272 out of 332 issues filed by businesses have been resolved.

The statutory body, which acts as an action centre to support and facilitate SMEs, said out of the 332 logged issues with them, 194 of these issues were resolved at their Business Help Desk.

DARe, in a press statement, said the number of issues resolved were possible with close consultation with relevant agencies.

The most common issues shared by businesses included access to financing, confusion on business licenses and registration, land applications and late payments, among others.

Following His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Deputy Sultan’s working visit to the business support centre yesterday, 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 told The Brunei Times that DARe is at the disposal of existing and budding entrepreneurs.


“Come forward at any time if you (businesses) are faced with issues or challenges. If you are facing issues especially on some of the government processes, please come and see us. We undertake to really work on your problems and to resolve your issues as soon as possible,’’ said the minister, who is also Chairman of DARe.


“So I urge the public to make use of it. We want to listen to your business problems and resolve problems regarding your business,’’ he said.

DARe CEO Soon Loo, in a separate interview, said his colleagues at the business support centre are working very hard, along with collaborative efforts from other agencies.

“In moving forward, we want to keep on resolving more issues. We will continue working with different government agencies so we can handle some of the tougher issues in order for SMEs to truly do a lot better,’’ he said.

The CEO said DARe’s intentions are to facilitate the SME landscape. “We want to resolve issues businesses face. We also want to level the playing field for the SMEs by supporting and empowering them. If needed, we will bring different entrepreneurs from all over the region to share their experiences so entrepreneurs here can be inspired and encouraged,’’ he added. Soon Loo went on to say they are eager to work with more agencies, including those in FDI, to bring in real SME conglomerates to Brunei so these SMEs are part and parcel of the region.


The Brunei Times