Local SMEs to be BLESSed

The  Business Licensing Electronic Support System (BLESS), a government portal which facilitates applications for business licences in Malaysia, will be extended nationwide by June 2013.

Director-General, Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU), Prime Minister’sDepartment, Shukry Mohd Salleh said the system, which was developed by the unit and the Special Taskforce to Facilitate Business (Pemudah) in 2007,currently concentrated on applications for business licences within the Klang Valley.

BLESS facilitates company representatives to select relevant licences, fill and submit application forms online and track the progress of the application throughout the process until notification of approval or otherwise.

At the same time, BLESS provides an online communication platform for the licensing agencies to communicate directly with the company for any clarification and justification on the licence applications which effectively saves time and resources for both parties.

The system would be developed in three phases, he said, adding that phase one was already complete while phase two and three were scheduled for completion in June 2013.

Shukry also said BLESS currently covered business licence applications for the manufacturing, construction and hotel sectors.

“The scope would be extended to cover logistics, trade distribution, health services, tourism and education/training service and licence and permit renewal once the second and third phases were complete,” he told reporters after abriefing on BLESS at Kangar.

Since its launch, 410 applications for licence and permits were received viaBLESS.

Shukry was optimistic there would be a surge in the number of applications received from investors and businessmen via BLESS once phase three of theproject was completed.

– Bernama