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Brunei Darussalam Report

Entrepreneurial Missions Index


General Information


417,784 (160th most populous country in the world)



Petroleum, petroleum refining, liquefied natural gas, construction

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the World Factbook project 4, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For more detailed information about Brunei Darussalam, visit https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bn.html.

Business Information

The World Bank ranks Brunei Darussalam as 98 out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business. The country ranks as 0 (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 0 procedures, takes 0 days, and costs N/A% of income per capita to start a business in Brunei Darussalam.

In order to start a business in Brunei Darussalam, one must follow these procedures:

  1. Accountant prepares Form A to verify company name
  2. Submit Form A to the Registrar of Companies to verify the uniqueness of the company name
  3. Make statutory declaration at Magistrate’s Court
  4. Submit required documents at the Registrar of Companies
  5. Pay registration fees
  6. Register the company at the Registry of Companies
  7. Make a company seal
  8. Register for Employees Provident Fund
  9. Purchase application form for miscellaneous license (rampaian) at the Municipal Board of Bandar Seri Begawan
  10. Apply for miscellaneous license (“Rampaian”) at Municipal Board
  11. Apply to Fire Services department for rampaian approval
  12. Apply to the Ministry of Health for rampaian approval
  13. Receive inspection from Fire Service Department
  14. Receive inspection from Ministry of Health
  15. Pick up approval from Fire Service Department
  16. Pick up approval from Ministry of Health
  17. Submit approval letters to licensing authorities
  18. Pick up rampaian license

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the Doing Business project 3, conducted by the World Bank. For more detailed information about starting a business in Brunei Darussalam, visit http://www.doingbusiness.org/.



Brunei Darussalam Economic Freedom

The annual survey Economic Freedom of the World is an indicator produced by the Fraser Institute, a libertarian think tank which attempts to measure the degree of economic freedom in the world's nations. Economic Freedom of the World index has been more widely used than any other measure of economic freedom, because of its coverage of a longer time period

Their measure of economic freedom is based on that the following standards:

  • Personal choice rather than collective choice,
  • Voluntary exchange coordinated by markets rather than allocation via the political process,
  • Freedom to enter and compete in markets, and
  • Protection of persons and their property from aggression by others.

A state will rate high when it focuses on protection of people and their property from the actions of aggressors, enforcement of contracts, and provision of the limited set of public goods like roads, flood control projects, and money of stable value and little else, but a country’s rating on the EFW summary index will fall as government expenditures increase and regulations expand.   


Brunei Darussalam Summary


1 World Economic Forum

2 Free the World
Gwartney, James and Robert Lawson with Herbert Grubel, Jakob de Haan, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and Eelco Zandberg (2009). Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report. Vancouver, BC: The Fraser Institute. Data retrieved from www.freetheworld.com.

3 World Bank Data

4 World Factbook Project

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