The Department of Economic Planning and Statistics, DEPS, Ministry of Finance and Economy will be conducting the Annual Census of Enterprises, or ACE 2023 for the reference years 2021 and 2022, commencing tomorrow, 24th January 2023 until 28th February 2023. The ACE 2023 covers all active companies and businesses in the country and collects information on the type of economic activity, number of employment, revenue and expenditure of the businesses.
The main objective of the ACE 2023 is to collect latest information on the profile and performance of business enterprises in the private sector, particularly the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The ACE 2023 questionnaires will be distributed to all companies and businesses by post, e-mail and visits to business premises by appointed census fieldworkers, who will also assist and provide guidance to complete the questionnaire if required. The questionnaire can also be downloaded from DEPS's website. Completed questionnaires must be returned no later than 28th February 2023.
The ACE 2023 is conducted under the Statistics Act, Chapter 81 of the Laws of Brunei Darussalam. DEPS assures all the companies and businesses involved that the information collected during the census will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for statistical purposes only. Pursuant to Section 9 of the Statistics Act, failure or reluctance to give the required information or furnishing false particulars is an offence which carries a penalty of a fine of $4,000. Results from the ACE 2023 will provide comprehensive and up-to-date information on the profile of businesses to assist in the planning, research and policy making related to the development of the private sector in contributing towards the country's economic growth. In addition, the companies or businesses may also use the data obtained from the census to make decisions and plan business strategy. The support and cooperation of all companies and businesses in providing the required information are essential for the success of the census. Any enquiries and further information regarding ACE 2023 can be referred to DEPS at 2230275 or 2233344 extension 647 or 661 or 662 during office hours; or Hotline 8230275 or 8320275 or 8260276 or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or website deps.mofe.gov.bn.
Source: Radio Television Brunei