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Bangladesh, Brunei highlight air, shipping connectivity to boost ties
Peoples Time Desk
Published : Thursday, 1 September, 2022 at 2:16 AM, Count : 219

Bangladesh, Brunei highlight air, shipping connectivity to boost ties

Bangladesh, Brunei highlight air, shipping connectivity to boost ties

The Second Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between Bangladesh and Brunei Darussalam were held in Bandar Seri Begawan on Wednesday (31 August). 

The Consultations were co-chaired by Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Ambassador Masud Bin Momen and Pengiran Norhashimah binti Pengiran Mohd Hassan, Permanent Secretary of Brunei Darussalam. Bangladesh High Commissioner Ms. Nahida Rahman was present at the consultations.

During the FOC,  the whole spectrum of Bangladesh-Brunei bilateral relations came under discussion including cooperation in areas of migration, trade and commerce, investment, agriculture, aquaculture,  fisheries and livestock, health, connectivity, defence, energy, education, culture, youth and sport etc. While sharing Bangladesh’s preparedness for LDC graduation, Foreign Secretary highlighted the tremendous socio-economic development in Bangladesh under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 

Foreign Secretary requested for continued international support, including from Brunei, for sustaining the development trajectory of Bangladesh in the post-graduation period. The Permanent Secretary of Brunei highly praised the socio-economic development of Bangladesh and congratulated Bangladesh for successful qualification for graduation from an LDC to a developing nation. 

The two sides acknowledged the valuable contribution made by Bangladeshi migrant workers to both the countries. Expressing optimism for signing the proposed MoU on recruitment of Bangladeshi human resources in Brunei at the earliest, Foreign Secretary underscored the need for a safe, orderly and regular migration. The Brunei side expressed their keenness for recruiting more Bangladeshi workers in their upcoming mega projects.

The issue of energy cooperation prominently featured in the bilateral discussions in context of the severe supply chain disruptions owing to the volatility and uncertainties caused by the pandemic and conflicts in different parts of the world.  Both sides agreed to further explore the potentials for cooperation in the areas of food processing, ICT, ship building, tourism, infrastructure development, pharmaceuticals and jute products etc. Bangladesh sought Bruneian support for developing and promoting the Halal trade sector of Bangladesh. The two sides stressed the importance of facilitating air and shipping connectivity for giving the bilateral trade, investment and people-to-people contact a boost. The meeting agreed to facilitate a greater collaboration and synergy between the private sectors and entrepreneurs of the two countries to fully harness the untapped potentials.

As Foreign Secretary highlighted the Rohingya crisis and sought a more proactive Bruneian support for an early repatriation of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals to their motherland, the Brunei side assured of all possible cooperation in this regard. Brunei also assured of their support in favour of Bangladesh’s candidacy for ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partnership.

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