Find Industry and Manufacturing expertise in Brunei Darussalam

Manufacturing accounts for just over 12% of GDP in Brunei. The extent of Brunei’s industrial base remains limited when the oil and gas sector is excluded. The main industries are cement production, garment making, production of pre-cast concrete structures, mineral water, canned food, dairy products, and publishing and printing. Brunei is rated 59 out of 185 countries by the World Bank for ease of doing business, a ranking based on how conducive the regulatory environment is to the opening and operation of a local firm.

The small domestic market, a poorly developed local private sector, high wage costs, a shortage of skilled labour, complex bureaucratic procedures, a lack of transparency, and the ban on foreigners owning land have made attaining foreign capital more difficult. However, a project introduced by the government, whereby certain industries are deemed to be pioneering, certifies companies and organisations under the pioneer industries scheme, allowing them certain privileges and financial incentives to encourage industry diversity. Amongst these privileges are various tax exemptions on duties, imports, equipment and building structures, and investment incentives designed to allow these companies room to form a basis in Brunei’s oil dominated industrial sector.

The 2013 Global Competitiveness Report scores and ranks the sophistication of production processes around the world, where a low country score of 1 means “no sophistication and labour intensive” and a high score of 7 means production processes are the “world’s best and apply the most efficient  technologies”.  In this respect Brunei ranks 28 out of 144 countries with a score of 4.87.

Industry and Manufacturing organisations in Brunei Darussalam
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