Bangladesh, Brunei likely to sign 7 MoUs

Staff Correspondent

19 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh and Brunei are likely to sign seven Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s three-day official visit there on April 21-23.

The MoUs will be signed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of agriculture, arts and culture, youth and sports, fisheries, livestock and energy sectors while another MoU is yet to be finalised.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the disclosure at a press briefing at his ministry on Prime Minister’s visit to Brunei.

Secretary (Bilateral), Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kamrul Ahsan and Secretary (Maritime Affairs Unit) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rear Admiral (Retd) Md Khurshed Alam were also present during the press briefing.

Apart from strengthening the existing bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, the foreign minister said the visit PM visit will help extend bilateral relations in certain areas like trade and investment, food, energy, human resources, tourism technical assistance and agriculture sectors.

The visions, development goals and features of economy of two countries have created a new avenue of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. According to Brunei’s vision-2035, they are interested in boosting relationship on food security, human resources, infrastructure, health and energy with their friendly countries, said Momen.

“Two countries can be beneficiary through setting new avenues in bilateral relations,” he added.

The foreign minister said the visit will also help improve Bangladesh’s relations with the Southeast Asian nations through boosting effective cooperation. Brunei is one of the member states of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Bangladesh is likely to gain an effective support from Brunei and other Southeast Asian nations on various regional and international important issues including resolving Rohingya crisis.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for Darussalam on Sunday at the invitation of Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.

A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines will the premier to its capital Bandar Seri Begawan.

On Sunday, she will attend a community event and join a dinner to be hosted by the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei at the Empire Hotel.

On Monday, the Prime Minister will have a general audience with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah and the Royal Family at Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei.

She will then hold bilateral talks with the Sultan there before the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Sheikh Hasina will open the meeting to be attended by the leaders of Bangladesh Business Community and Brunei Business Community and Brunei National Chamber of Commerce and Industry at her residence on Monday afternoon.

She will later visit the Jame Asr Mosque and offer Asr prayers there. She will go to the Istana Nurul Iman Palace again to attend an official banquet.

On Tuesday, Sheikh Hasina will attend the foundation stone laying ceremony of new chancery building of Bangladesh High Commission at the Diplomatic Enclave in Jalankebangsaan.

The Prime Minister will leave Brunei for Dhaka by a special flight on Tuesday, 23 April.