BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Brunei and Bangladesh recently signed several agreements to further enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy, agriculture, fisheries, livestock, youth and sports as well as cultural arts exchanges.
Six of these agreements were signed on Monday after an official meeting between His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina at Istana Nurul Iman.
One of the memoranda of understanding (MoU) signed was on scientific and technical cooperation in agriculture while the others were on livestock and fisheries. The rest entailed cooperation on youth and sports, LNG supply and cultural arts exchanges.
Ministers representing both countries signed these MoUs in the presence of the leaders of the two countries.
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Ali Apong, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md. Hussein and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin represented Brunei.
Bangladesh was represented by its Minister of Agriculture Dr Md Abdur Razzaque, State Minister for Fisheriesand Livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, State Minister for Youth and Sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russel and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid.
Three other agreements were signed between private companies of both countries, on the sidelines of a Business Forum at the Empire Hotel and Country Club at the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and several high officials from Brunei.
This include an MoU between the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Brunei Darussalam (NCCIBD) and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), which was aimed at facilitating the establishment of industries via joint ventures and collaborations between both countries.
The others were agreements between Brunei’s Ghanim International Corporation and Dimension Strata with Bangladesh’s Taj Food Industries Limited and University of Dhaka.