British trade envoy concludes Brunei visit

|     Danial Norjidi     |

UNITED Kingdom Trade Envoy to Brunei Darussalam Paul Scully concluded his four-day visit to Brunei yesterday.

During his visit, he was received in audience by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

The trade envoy was also received in audience by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office.

In a press release, it was shared that the trade envoy used his visit to highlight the scale of opportunity in Brunei, the strength of British business and the potential for a deeper and stronger UK-Brunei economic partnership.

He engaged with key stakeholders from both the government and private sector to promote UK expertise and boost the UK-Brunei trade relationship.

British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay speaks during an interview. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

The trade envoy’s programme included meetings with various key Cabinet ministers. He met with Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, to learn more about what Brunei is looking for as it makes progress towards achieving the Brunei Vision 2035 goals, including in businesses associated with the oil and gas sector, and in supporting the development of Brunei’s financial market.

He also met Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof.

During a meeting with Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein, the UK trade envoy explored ways in which UK businesses with specific ex-pertise can establish themselves in Brunei to support capacity building, including in the oil and gas sector.

In addition, British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay hosted a business networking dinner for the visiting trade envoy representatives from the Brunei Britain Business Forum (BBBF).

Scully, who has run a number of small businesses in the UK, used his experience to engage with Bruneian entrepreneurs through a sharing session with DARe (Darussalam Enterprise).

He also discussed opportunities for UK foreign direct investment during a session with the Brunei Economic Development Board.

He also visited the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Mechanical Campus to discuss future opportunities where the UK could support and collaborate with IBTE.