Bandar Seri Begawan, 1 September 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Secretary Ambassador of Bangladesh, Masud Bin Momen called on the Minister of Finance and Economy of Brunei, Dato Seri Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah on Thursday.

The meeting took place in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan today. The Ambassador and the Minister discussed the bilateral relations and interests between the two states.

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Previous meetings between Bangladesh and Brunei

The Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh and the Permanent Secretary of Brunei conducted a consultation yesterday on 31 August. Both nations decided to encourage increased cooperation between their respective corporate sectors and businesspeople to realize the potential fully.

Moreover, both sides expressed pleasure with the current state of their relations. Further, Bangladesh and Brunei reaffirmed their commitment to keep working towards deepening their understanding in the days to come.

Furthermore, the two countries agreed to keep up the regular institutional engagement mechanisms. It would maintain the momentum in bilateral relations while praising productive and in-depth discussions.

Bangladesh-Brunei Bilateral relations

Bangladesh and Brunei established their diplomatic relations in 1984. Both states are members of the Commonwealth of Nations. Moreover, according to the High Commission of Bangladesh, Bangladesh maintains excellent diplomatic relations with Brunei Darussalam.

Both countries share a good understanding at the highest political level. Therefore, bilateral relations could be further expanded in multiple areas including trade, culture, defence, education, and investment. Additionally, both states are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

In 2013, Brunei hired 5,038 Bangladeshi workers, making it the second-largest recipient of these employees in Southeast Asia.

Bangladesh is currently looking forward to pursuing trade with Brunei in garments, dry food, pharmaceuticals, agro-products, etc. These products are presently being marketed in neighbourhood shops by a sizable number of Bangladeshi entrepreneurs.

Furthermore, Bruneians have shown high interest in Bangladeshi products, including T-shirts, dry food, and pulses.