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Joint Statement 
between People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Brunei Darussalam
on the State Visit of 
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam
to Bangladesh
15 – 16 October 2022

1. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang DiPertuan of Brunei Darussalam, made a State Visit to Bangladesh on 15-16 October 2022, at the invitations of the Hon’ble President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh H.E. Md. Abdul Hamid and the Hon’ble Prime Minister H.E. Sheikh Hasina. This was the first ever visit by a Head of State of Brunei Darussalam to Bangladesh.

2. His Majesty was received at the airport by the Hon’ble President of Bangladesh and accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour. He paid tribute to the memories of the martyred Liberation War heroes of 1971 of Bangladesh. During the visit, His Majesty met with the Hon’ble President of Bangladesh at Bangabhaban, who hosted a banquet in his honour. His Majesty held official talks with Hon’ble Prime Minister. Hon’ble Foreign Minister of Bangladesh paid a courtesy call on His Majesty at his place of residence.

3. The official talks between His Majesty and the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh was held in a warm and cordial atmosphere, where the two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations. The two leaders acknowledged with satisfaction that the relationship has reached a new height with the visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam from 21-23 April 2019 and His Majesty’s first ever visit to Bangladesh in 2022. Both sides agreed to work closely together as development partners in view of the strong commonalities existing in faith, tradition and culture, and shared vision of prosperity, peace and stability.

4. His Majesty paid tribute to the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and appreciated the visionary leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the development journey of Bangladesh. Hon’ble Prime Minister congratulated His Majesty on his extraordinary leadership in preserving peace, stability and prosperity of Brunei Darussalam and the region.

5. Both the leaders underscored the need to tap the available synergies and stressed the importance of increased interaction and engagements at various levels between the government agencies, as well as of enhancing people-to-people contacts between the two countries. The two leaders agreed to strengthen the existing bilateral mechanisms between the two countries, including regular meetings at the level of Foreign Minister. 

6. Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation to counter the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed gratitude to His Majesty for the support extended to Bangladesh expatriates living and working in Brunei Darussalam during the difficult period of the COVID-19 outbreak.

7. Both sides identified trade and investment as areas of vital bilateral cooperation and expressed their keenness to work to increase the volume of two-way trade, which is currently far below the potential. Both sides also welcomed discussions to explore the possibility of a mechanism between the Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh and the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Brunei Darussalam to widen cooperation in trade, commerce and investment, as well as to seek support for enhanced business-to-business relations and cooperation. Both leaders also agreed to deepen collaboration in the field of Halal trade. 

8. Bangladesh offered Brunei Darussalam the advantages of the opportunities for investment in the Special Economic Zones of Bangladesh. Brunei Darussalam took note of the offer and looked forward to discuss potential areas of investment cooperation for the mutual benefit of both countries. Brunei Darussalam also invited Bangladesh to consider investing in its economic diversification activities, such as in the food, agriculture and aquaculture industries. 

9. In view of Bangladesh’s growing demand for energy and Brunei Darussalam’s standing as a stable and key regional exporter of energy, both leaders agreed to explore mechanisms for longterm collaboration in the energy sector, particularly in the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and other petroleum products to Bangladesh. 

10. Brunei Darussalam acknowledged the contribution of the Bangladeshi expatriates in its continued development process. Brunei Darussalam and Bangladesh agreed to discuss the possibility of recruiting more workers, including skilled workforce and professionals from Bangladesh to Brunei Darussalam in the relevant sectors, where necessary. Both sides agreed to govern the recruitment process in a transparent, orderly and ethical manner. 

11. Recalling the respective MoUs on Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cooperation signed in 2019, both sides acknowledged the ongoing discussion between the relevant authorities in both countries to explore potential projects under these MoUs. Both sides looked forward to the convening of the Joint Agriculture Working Committee (JAWC) to be held in November this year in Brunei Darussalam to progress this further. 

12. Both sides recognised the need for quality education for human resource development. Bangladesh appreciated Brunei Darussalam’s goodwill by continuing to offer scholarships to Bangladeshi students for higher education. Both sides agreed to further deepen and widen the scope of collaboration in the area of higher education for mutual benefit.

13. In the context of Bangladesh’s growing capacity in the healthcare sector, as well as Brunei Darussalam’s capacity for modern and advanced medical infrastructures, both sides noted the importance of signing an MoU on health sector cooperation for the recruitment and training of healthcare professionals, specialised services and pharmaceutical services, as well as other potential areas of cooperation that may be of mutual benefit to both countries. 

14. The two leaders also agreed to work in new and emerging areas including ICT, green technology, blue economy, etc. for mutual benefit. 

15. Emphasising the value of peace, security and stability for socio-economic development, the two leaders agreed to broaden the scope of existing defence and security cooperation, disaster response and humanitarian operations. 

16. Both sides stressed the need for air and maritime connectivity to enhance trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people contacts and agreed to encourage the private sector operators to become involved for better connectivity between the two countries. 

17. The two sides agreed to further deepen mutual cooperation in the regional and international fora, including the UN, OIC, the Commonwealth and ARF on issues of mutual interest and common position. 

18. Brunei Darussalam appreciated Bangladesh’s continued interest to strengthen its relations with ASEAN and assured its support for Bangladesh’s bid to become a Sectoral Dialogue Partner of ASEAN.

19. Bangladesh expressed gratitude to Brunei Darussalam for its political support for the expeditious repatriation of over a million displaced persons from the Rakhine State, temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh, in a safe, secure, sustainable and dignified manner. His Majesty appreciated the generosity and hospitality of Bangladesh rendered to the displaced persons and assured that his government would continue to support Bangladesh in seeking a durable solution, with a view to ensuring the overall peace and security of the region.

20. The two leaders welcomed and witnessed the signing of the following bilateral instruments and expressed their expectations for the early implementation of the provisions as envisaged in those instruments:
i)   Air Services Agreement;
ii)  MoU on the Employment / Recruitment of Bangladeshi Workers;
iii) MoU on the Recognition of Certificates Issued Under the Provisions of the International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers 1978, as Amended; and
iv) MoU between the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on the Field of Cooperation in the Supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and other Petroleum Products.

21. His Majesty expressed appreciation to the Hon’ble President and the Hon’ble Prime Minister and the people of Bangladesh for the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to His Majesty and the delegation.

22. Both sides reiterated that the visit of His Majesty would usher in a new chapter in the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Brunei Darussalam. They expressed optimism for a stronger and deeper partnership for mutual benefit of the two brotherly countries. 


Dhaka, Bangladesh
16 October 2022​

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