| Azaraimy HH |
THE Tutong community has welcomed the government’s initiative to transform the procedures of setting up a business in the Sultanate through the Business Licence Act (Section 127) 2015.
The reformation’s most evident and welcomed changes include the cutting down of steps to be taken for an application – from 15 steps to just two – and the time it takes for a new licence to be issued, which has also been cut dramatically from around three months to just one day.
The Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Haji Mohammad Sunadi bin Haji Buntar, during a session of briefings held yesterday in the Tutong District, said, “With this reformation… all the past hurdles can now be overcome.”
He also hoped that the session could educate the district’s business community on the new way of starting a business in the country.
He informed that starting January 1 this year, all businesses registered at the Ministry of Finance’s Business Names Registration Division and Business Registration will be given a business licence by MoHA.
“This business licence is to replace the miscellaneous business licence and whatever licence issued by the District Offices, Municipal Department and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.”
However, said Hj Mohd Sunadi, business undertakings must still abide by the guidelines and regulations stipulated by government agencies.
“This initiative is in line with the aspirations of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for business start-ups to be easy, fast and straightforward to create an environment that is pro-business and customer-friendly,” he added.
In attendance yesterday were a member of the Legislative Council and the Penghulu of Mukim Telisai, YB Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit, and more than 100 people, including senior government officers, penghulus, village heads as well as business managers, among others.
The briefings covered an introduction to the new procedures of the Business Licence Act 2015 by Assistant Tutong District Officer Haji Adnan bin Haji Adam and the purposes of the amendment.
A briefing on how to start a business was presented by Mariani binti Haji Sabtu, Head of the Ease of Doing Business Unit, and Zulhilmi bin Haji Abidin, the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Labour (Operations), also gave a briefing.