Pakistan delegation to seek potential business ventures with Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A PAKISTANI business delegation is expected to arrive in the sultanate by the end of the first quarter of this year eyeing for potential business ventures, said the Pakistani High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.
Speaking with The Brunei Times during the Maulidur Rasul celebration held at the residence of the high commissioner yesterday, Brigadier (Rtd) Muhammad Zareef Malik said that delegation will be from Pakistan’s various chambers of commerce.
“Once they are here (in Brunei), hopefully they can interact with local businessmen and find out what are the business areas feasible for them to tap into… anything that is possible should be done,” he said.
He further said that distance is the only thing that stands between the two nations as businesses would have to consider transportation charges.
“At times, it (distance) makes things a bit ‘unavailable’… we are on a constant look out to see which possible sectors for us to collaborate. I do definitely think that the Pakistani businessmen would find a better environment for different types of investments,” said the high commissioner.
He also said that Pakistan is keen to increase more bilateral relations with the sultanate in fields such as education, health, medicine and defence among others.
“We are looking for anything in everything and not just being very specific because it has to be in relations to the requirements involved with the people of Brunei… we are open to all sorts of suggestion in different areas,” he said.
The High Commissioner said that another military delegation from Pakistan is expected to be in the country in mid March this year.
“We had Pakistani navy ships which were on goodwill mission and another delegation is coming… so there is collaboration indeed in the field of defence between Pakistan and Brunei which are mostly in the shape of training facilities,” said Brigadier (Rtd) Muhammad Zareef Malik.
About 150 muslim ladies from the Bruneian Civil Society, Pakistani ladies, heads of missions and diplomats attended the Maulidur Rasul celebration at the High Commissioner’s residence in Kg Rimba yesterday.
The event started with the recitation of verses from the Al-Quran followed by welcoming remarks by the spouse of the Pakistani High Commisioner Nayyara Malik.
Among others present at the event were representatives from the Bangladesh High Commission, Kuwait Embassy, Indonesian Embassy, Qatar Embassy and Oman Embassy.
The Brunei Times