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Bangladesh, Brunei agree to explore cooperation in wide range of areas

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 1st September, 2022 01:26:12 PM
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Bangladesh and Brunei agreed to further explore the potentials for cooperation in the areas of food processing, ICT, ship building, tourism, infrastructure development, pharmaceuticals and jute products.

The two countries also stressed the importance of facilitating air and shipping connectivity for giving the bilateral trade, investment and people-to-people contact a boost.

Bangladesh and Brunei reached the agreement during the Second Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between Bangladesh and Brunei Darussalam held in Bandar Seri Begawan on Wednesday (Aug 31), 

The Consultations were co-chaired by Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Permanent Secretary of Brunei Darussalam Pengiran Norhashimah binti Pengiran Mohd Hassan. Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei 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.

Both the sides expressed satisfaction at the existing level of bilateral engagements and reiterated their commitment for continued efforts to further expand the bilateral cooperation for mutual benefit in the days ahead.

Applauding the fruitful and substantial talks, both the sides also agreed on continuing the regular institutional engagement mechanisms to keep up the momentum in bilateral relations.

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.

The 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 Masud underscored the need for a safe, orderly and regular migration. 

Flagging the high demographic dividend Bangladesh is currently enjoying, Foreign Secretary offered to send more Bangladeshi workers to Brunei for mutual benefit of the two countries.

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. 

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.