DARe’s Market Access Executive Officer Nurkhairunnisa Afiqah Haji Mursidi recently briefed several business representatives about DARE LINKs in a session held at the Design and Technology Building, Berakas. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) will be helping micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to secure business opportunities with larger companies via its latest initiative called DARe LINKs.

DARe LINKs is an online portal that consolidates business opportunities offered by large companies and profile the portfolio and competencies of MSMEs to facilitate business matching and linkage.

The new programme which is currently in a pilot phase will continuously collect feedback from both MSMEs and large companies and implement necessary changes along the way.

The 10 large companies already registered to DARe LINKs include Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru), DST, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Brunei Catering, Western Foods and Packaging, Armada Properties, CIC Environmental Services, Archipelago Development Corporation, Dowell Schlumberger (E) and NS Bluescope Lysaght (B).

DARe’s Market Access Executive Officer Nurkhairunnisa Afiqah Haji Mursidi explained that the new initiative was set up to address market access gap facing MSMEs in securing business opportunities with larger companies.

DARe’s Market Access Executive Officer Nurkhairunnisa Afiqah Haji Mursidi explaining DARE LINKs to the audience. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“Through DARe LINKs, MSMEs will go through structured Vendor Development Training (VDT) through DARe’s Industry Business Academy (IBA) to equip them with fundamentals in financial management and business planning along with specialised modules to be able to successfully secure and deliver projects for large companies,” Nurkhairunnisa Afiqah said.

“Ultimately this will help maximise local purchasing and grow the capabilities of MSMEs and their workforce to meet higher standards through skill and technology transfer from larger corporations,” she added.

MSMEs eligible to participate in the new programme are those that have been operating more 12 months with less than 100 employees.

Among those attending DARe’s briefing. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Meanwhile, large businesses targeted to ride on DARE LINKs include foreign direct investments (FDIs), government-linked companies (GLC), multinational companies (MNC) and other established corporations based in the sultanate.

Those who are interested to know more about DARe LINKs can find more information at its website, or call 673 2384830 ext 212.  Additionally, those wanting to register for the programme can email their interest to market.access@dare.gov.bn



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