Brunei, Indonesia biz ties hailed

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEIAN entrepreneurs underscored the importance of strengthening friendship with their Indonesian counterparts in a bid to explore business opportunities in various fields and promote economic development of both countries.

Vice President 1 of the Brunei Darussalam Women’s Business Council (WBC) Hjh Mordiah Hj Jackia said yesterday that there are a lot of opportunities for the Bruneian business community to create programmes or build partnership with their foreign counterparts, including from Indonesia.

“There is a need to make the friendship stronger between entrepreneurs of both countries,” said Hjh Mordiah on the sidelines of a gathering to bid farewell to the outgoing Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs Rudhito Widagdo at the Indonesian Embassy premises in Jalan Kebangsaan.

She said that both parties can explore various business opportunities in the field of tourism, agriculture, trade and culture.

“These are the areas that Brunei entrepreneurs or businessmen should be looking at and move forward to in the future,” she added.

The strides that Brunei have taken in improving its business environment, she said, have now encouraged more Bruneians to be involved in the business sector.

She said that Bruneian entrepreneurs had participated in the trade missions to different places in Indonesia previously.

It was previously reported that during the visits, business representatives from the sultanate travelled to Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta had the opportunity to meet not only their counterparts from the Indonesian companies but also government officials and trade associations.

Hjh Mordiah expressed hope that the future Indonesian entrepreneurs will also be able to meet with the Bruneian business community to explore opportunities in various fields for cooperation.

At the same venue, President of Brunei-Indonesia Friendship Association (Brudifa) Pg Dato Paduka Hj Jaludin Pg Mohd Limbang called on more Indonesians living in Brunei to join the association to enhance the relations between the people of both countries.

“I would like to see more Indonesians participate in or become members of Brudifa,” said Pg Dato Paduka Hj Jaludin.

“Through Brudifa, we can develop many programmes,” he added.

Established in 2009, Brudifa has about 30 registered members currently.

In his farewell speech, Rudhito reiterated the important roles of small-medium enterprises (SMEs), the tourism industry and investment to support economic diversification in the sultanate. He said that Indonesia is keen to develop collaborative efforts in these fields with Brunei.

The Brunei Times