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Brunei Sultan's Dhaka visit: MoUs on labor export, fuel oil likely

Khalid Umar Malik
06 Oct 2022, 13:21 GMT+10

DHAKA, Bangladesh - At least four bilateral cooperation documents concerning the supply of fuel oil, labor exports, and the launch of a direct flight between Dhaka and Bandar Seri Begawan are expected to be signed during Brunei Darussalam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah's first-ever state visit to Bangladesh from October 14-16.

During his visit to Dhaka, the Sultan of Brunei will meet with President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Sheikh Hasina previously paid an official visit to Brunei Darussalam on April 21-23, 2019.

In late August, the two countries held their second Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) in Bandar Seri Begawan. They agreed to foster greater collaboration and synergy between the two countries' private sectors and entrepreneurs to realize untapped potential fully.

The two countries recognized the significant contribution made by Bangladeshi migrant workers to both Bangladesh and Brunei. Currently, approximately 15,000 Bangladeshis work in various sectors in Brunei.

According to Foreign Ministry sources, the cost of sending migrant workers to Brunei will be significantly reduced if the direct flight is launched.

Brunei desires to hire more Bangladeshi workers for their upcoming megaprojects.

Both parties agreed to look into opportunities for collaboration in areas such as food processing, ICT, shipbuilding, tourism, infrastructure development, pharmaceuticals, and jute products. Bangladesh sought Bruneian assistance in developing and promoting the Halal trade sector in the country.

Brunei, an Asean member, also pledged full cooperation in resolving the Rohingya crisis through early repatriation.

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