Next Brunei, Saudi Arabia joint committee meeting this December

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE next meeting of the Brunei-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic and Technical Committee will take place in Bandar Seri Begawan this December, said Saudi Arabian ambassador to Brunei Hisham Abdul Wahab.

This will be the second meeting of the committee this year, the envoy told The Brunei Times, after the first was held in Riyadh last February.

“We will outline the basis for mutual investment in both countries, and some other agreements will be signed. Under the umbrella of the committee, there are so many projects we can embark on – in the fields of economic, trade, Islamic affairs, culture, and sports. We try to focus on most important goals with both sides,” he said on the sidelines of a reception for Saudi Arabia’s national day. Set up in 2014 to boost bilateral trade and investment, the joint committee is scheduled to meet every six months - headed by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Economic Planning and Brunei’s Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“This year we have given great attention to our bilateral relations,” said Hisham.

“We have had an exchange of five or six delegations throughout the year.”

The ambassador added that he hoped for more high-level visits to cement the strong bilateral relationship between the “brotherly countries”.

Current trade volume between the two nations is negligible, due to the distance and cost of transporting goods.

Although some halal food products, such as juice, milk and cheese, are imported from Saudi Arabia.

The Brunei Times