Dhaka to put emphasis on attracting investments from Brunei, says the foreign minister
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh and Brunei are likely to sign seven bilateral instruments on cooperation in various sectors during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s three-day visit to Bandar Seri Begawan on April 21-23.
Apart from the agreements, the visit will enhance cooperation between the two countries in many areas, including trade, investment, energy, human resource development, tourism, agriculture, and technology, he told a press conference at the foreign ministry on the occasion of the prime minister’s trip.
The foreign minister expressed optimism that the visit would help Bangladesh get support from Brunei and other ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries, including Myanmar.
He said the emphasis of Bangladesh would be to attract investments from Brunei.
Six memorandums of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fields of agriculture, arts and culture, youth and sports, fisheries, livestock, and energy, will be signed, said the minister, adding that the seventh one had not yet been finalised.
He also said the visit will help Bangladesh gain effective support from Brunei and other Southeast Asian nations on various regional and international important issues, including resolving the Rohingya crisis.
Prime minister will fly for Bandar Seri Begawan Sunday morning
The prime minister, at the invitation of Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, will leave for Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Sunday morning.
She will be received by Crown Prince of Brunei, Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, at the airport.
On the day of arrival, Hasina will attend a community event and join a dinner to be hosted by the High Commissioner of Bangladesh at the hotel where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be staying during her visit.
On the following day, she will meet Brunei’s monarch and family members at the sultan’s palace.
Afterwards, the prime minister will hold talks with the sultan there before the signing of the bilateral instruments.
In the afternoon, she will open the meeting between leaders of the Bangladesh and Brunei business community, and the Brunei National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at her hotel.
On Tuesday, the prime minister will attend the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the new chancery building of the Bangladesh high commission in the diplomatic enclave of Jalankebangsaan.
Hasina will leave Bandar Seri Begawan in the afternoon by a Biman Bangladesh Airlines special flight.