SMEs – contact Dato.
“I am open for a business chat. Contact my PA … come and sees me in the office.” – Dato Hamdillah
If there is an award for the best Brunei Government servant, I would definitely vote for Dato Hamdillah, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Primary Resources.
The above image (which I took from Ranoadidas.com) shows he really meant business and to me, that shows his openness. I know he is somewhat over-exposed in the local media scene but his presence has an essence. Behind that grinning-dimpled face is a brain that, to me, works 24/7.
In one press interview, Dato is aware that there must be a change in the mindset of the Public-Private-Sector partnership, asking SMEs not to be reluctant in providing feedback and criticism on the many government SME programmes due to fear of backlash. I await the announcement from the ministry on the ‘re-engineered schemes based on current business reality and feedback/learning points from past experience’.
Dato Hamdillah has done a number of projects, schemes and initiatives from facilitation scheme to tourism to saving Borneo’s rainforest and the possibility of the 4th wave of foreign direct investment opportunity, that I have lost count on the actual numbers.
The Enterprise Facilitation Scheme for example, with a loan ceiling of $1.5 million, has already provided loans totalling $28:6 million to 86 SMEs from 1999 to 2007. Another financing loan is the Microcredit Financing Scheme which has a loan ceiling of $30,000 and has provided $7.79 million worth of capital to 409 SMEs from 2001 to 2009 (next year?).
What remains an issue at the moment continues to be on the start-up capital for SMEs. Hope MIPR is also looking into this? Thanks.