Bangladesh: PM urges Brunei to boost trade, investment in Bangladesh

New Age Bangladesh

She made the call at the bilateral talks with Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah at her office here.

“In the meeting, the prime minister proposed increasing Brunei’s business and investment in Bangladesh and the foreign ministers of the two countries will work together to this end,” said Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen while briefing reporters after the official talks.

The PM also said if there is any problem here (for boosting business and investment), a joint consultation commission can be formed to take measures for solving it.

Hasina invited Brunei businessmen to go for investments in the 100 special economic zones of Bangladesh.

The Brunei Sultan has expressed interest in getting information technology (IT) experts, agriculture and fisheries goods, and halal meat from Bangladesh.

About the energy cooperation, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah assured that Brunei will extend energy support to Bangladesh as per its needs.

Senior foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen said that Sultan of Brunei expressed interest in getting experts in information technology, agriculture and fisheries, and halal meat from Bangladesh.

Assuring cooperation on energy, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah said that they would support Bangladesh in this regard according to their needs.

About the recruitment of manpower from Bangladesh, the prime minister said that Bangladesh had highly talented workers in various fields, including agriculture and fisheries, service sector, and information and technology and they could play an important role in meeting Brunei’s manpower needs, adding that the joint commission can take effective steps in this regard.

The foreign minister said that the Sultan of Brunei agreed to the prime minister’s proposal to support Bangladesh to become a partner of the ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue.

During the discussion, Sheikh Hasina said that instead of looking only at the Western countries, cooperation should be increased within the Eastern and neighbouring countries too.

In this context, she mentioned that if the countries of the region work together with the spirit of cooperation in various fields, everyone would improve their position.