Costa Rica eyes stronger bilateral ties with Brunei

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

COSTA Rica is keen to cooperate with Brunei in renewable energy and in diversifying its economy.

Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Manuel A Gonzalez Sanz made the statement yesterday prior to his departure from the Brunei International Airport.

During his visit, the minister met with Bruneian officials, including ministers and heads of agencies. He also visited various education institutions in the sultanate.

“We covered three very important pillars – political, economic and academic. (These) provide a lot of opportunities for interlinks between the two countries,” said Gonzalez.

“The way we see it, the way we want to manage this relationship is as strategic partners in both parts of the world. In our case we want to be a very strong partner for Brunei in Central America and the Caribbean and in Southeast Asia we want to see Brunei in the same way,” he said.

Gonzalez said that Brunei and Costa Rica not only share a common trait of being a small country, but the two countries also share the same goals and vision.

He said that both countries believe in human development and in a peaceful world and that Brunei and Costa Rica – being small countries – can offer the world human talent.

He added that both countries have much to learn from each other and Costa Rica is willing to share its experiences in regards to diversification of the economy and attracting foreign investments.

He said Brunei can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of Costa Rica, which already has a diversified economy.

“I understand that Brunei wants to explore and open up in the tourism industry. We have done very well in the ecotourism concept. That is something (Brunei) can develop because you have natural (resources),” he said.

Gonzalez said that Costa Rica is also knowledgeable in the field of renewable energy and would be willing to work together with Brunei to help develop its renewable energy.

“We have been working on renewable energy for more than 65 years now,” he said.

Gonzalez said that he looks forward to his next visit to Brunei and that bilateral relations between the two countries will continue to strengthen in the future.

“Small countries should look for other small countries to get together and work closer because we can understand each other better. Regardless of how your economy is doing, how much wealth you have or not, we have common problems,” said Gonzalez.

The Brunei Times