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Brunei seeks Bangladesh's support for expanding its agriculture

  • Published at 09:14 pm January 22nd, 2020
High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Haji Haris bin Othma
High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Haji Haris bin Othman meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her parliament office in Dhaka on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invites Brunei to invest in the food and agro-processing industry in 100 economic zones across Bangladesh

Brunei Darussalam has sought cooperation from Bangladesh in expanding its agricultural sector, especially hatchery.

The newly-appointed High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Haji Haris bin Othman sought the cooperation when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her parliament office in Dhaka on Wednesday.

PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said both the prime minister and the envoy discussed further enhancing the level of cooperation between Bangladesh and Brunei, reports UNB.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh can share its experience with Brunei about its success in producing food grains and vegetables.

She invited Brunei to invest in the food and agro-processing industry in 100 economic zones across Bangladesh.

The prime minister also said Bangladesh is looking forward to receiving Sultan of Brunei in Bangladesh during the "Mujib Borsho" (Mujib Year). She recalled her recent visit to Brunei.

Sheikh Hasina welcomed the newly-appointed high commissioner and assured him of extending all-out support to him during his tenure in Bangladesh. 

Haji Haris bin Othman placed the matter of avoidance of double taxation to the prime minister. 

He also mentioned that Brunei wants to expand its trade and commerce with Bangladesh and it has already talked to the FBCCI (Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry), proposing formation of Brunei-Bangladesh Business Forum.

The envoy highly praised Bangladesh for its remarkable economic growth, especially the GDP (gross domestic product) growth and poverty reduction. 

He mentioned that there are about 25,000 Bangladeshis in Brunei and a good number of them are doctors, engineers and teachers.

The high commissioner said his country wants to import meat from Bangladesh.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Kaikaus was present at the meeting.