| Achong Tanjong in Nanning, China |
THE Brunei Promotion Seminar, organised by the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources at the Nanning International Convention & Exhibition Centre, yesterday featured investment projects, tourism resources and Halal accreditation, with key focus placed on introducing the ‘Brunei-Guangxi Economic Corridor’ and ‘Brunei Bio Innovation Corridor.’
The seminar revolved around various topics that included strengthening Brunei-China cooperation in investment and trade after the establishment of China-Asean FTA; further enhancing mutual cooperation between Brunei and China on raw materials, research and development of halal food, exploration and promotion of tourism resources, investment in infrastructure construction, agricultural technology, and cultural exchanges; promoting bilateral cooperation to propel Brunei-China economic and trade investment partnerships; and to achieve win-win results for the people of both countries.
The spotlight on the Sultanate depicted how Brunei is the third largest oil and fourth largest liquefied natural gas producing country.
The production and export of oil and natural gas is Brunei’s economic mainstay, accounting for 50 per cent of its GDP and over 90 per cent of its export income respectively.
Brunei’s oil reserves and production ranks only second to Indonesia in Southeast Asia, and the export of liquefied natural gas ranks fourth in the world.
In 2012, the per capita income of Brunei was US$44,000, making it one of the richest countries in the world.
Known for its wealth, oil-rich Brunei is a unique country in Southeast Asia. With its area of only one-six of Hainan Island, Brunei has a population of 400,000 people. As a peaceful, safe and stable country, Brunei does not levy any income tax on its people and provides free education and healthcare. Most of the daily necessities is subsidised by the government.
A majority of Muslim Malays, overseas Chinese and international expatriates co-exist harmoniously in Brunei, which is a hospitable yet not over-commercialised destination for tourism.
Brunei is also home to numerous tourist hotspots. The Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque is radiant in the resplendent Islamic culture against the blue sky and white clouds, and just a stone’s throw away is Kampong Ayer, the village above the water that is dubbed ‘Eastern Venice’.
The Empire Hotel & Country Club, with 518 guest rooms and suites, is the most luxurious tourist resort in Southeast Asia and a must see for golfers. Brunei also boasts well-reserved primitive tropical rainforest with diverse and rare wild animals.
The Ulu Temburong National Park is an excellent place for sports and adventures.
Alternatively, you can dive around coral reefs, or look up at the gold roof of the sacred mosque, roam the museums, and taste the delectable local dishes, savouring the taste of this idyllic country in Borneo.