International Trade and Consumer exhibition kicks off

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LOCAL entrepreneurs and leading corporations can develop a network of distributorship with oversea companies and industries through the Brunei International Trade and Consumer (BITC) exhibition, said the managing director of Cityneon Displays & Construction Sdn Bhd (Cityneon) yesterday.

Dato Jack Ting said over 100 international exhibitors from various countries including Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan and Philippines are taking part in the exhibition.

BITC is a trade fair that acts as a platform to link local and foreign businesses while giving companies from overseas an opportunity to explore the Brunei market.

The exhibition, organised by Cityneon, is open for the public until March 2.

Dato Ting said the trade fair allows local entrepreneurs to forge partnerships and joint ventures in businesses.

“We are confident that the great level of participation and the facilities and support that we shall be providing to our exhibitors, with the help of the Brunei Economy & Development Board (BEDB), would boost business networking among our local and foreign entrepreneurs,” he said at the BRIDEX International Conference Centre in Jerudong.

Dato Jack also recommended the foreign participants to visit some of Brunei’s natural sight-seeing attractions such as the natural rainforest of Ulu Temburong National Park, Tasek Merimbun, Royal Regalia Building, Jerudong Park and Brunei museums.

Present as guest of honour yesterday was Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Dr Hj Abdul Manaf Hj Metusin.

A Tourism officer, who declined to be named, told The Brunei Times that Brunei and Thailand will continue to embark on more concrete projects in the production of halal food.

He said the positive cooperation between the two countries over the years will continue as Brunei is still importing rice from Thailand.

Asked on Thai entrepreneurs setting up businesses in Brunei, Thai Ambassador to Brunei Chirdu Raktabutr said the trade fair is a great opportunity for Thai small medium enterprises (SME) to explore the market in Brunei.

“This is just the beginning. We (Thailand entrepreneurs) are currently testing the market to find opportunities for partnerships in businesses,” he said.

According to Cityneon, more than 380 booths are on display with 45 per cent comprising local SMEs.

Foreign entrepreneurs make up the remaining 55 per cent.

A total of 20 villages will also bedisplaying their home-made food products and handicrafts under the the One Village One Product initiative.

The Brunei Times