The Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam in collaboration with the Belait District is planning to bring farmers and farming experts from Indonesia to work in the fields in the district, Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko said.
The envoy made these comments during a meeting with the Acting Belait District Officer Mohamad Yassin bin Haji Ahmed and other officials at the Belait Office.
He also said the Indonesian Embassy in the country as of November 2022, recorded 26,738 Indonesian citizens in Brunei with 3,170 living in the Belait District.
“However, this number does not include Indonesian citizens yet to register themselves at the embassy. It is estimated that the total number of Indonesian citizens, including those who have not registered, is around 50,000 spread across the four districts with many Indonesians working in the agricultural sector in the Belait District.”
Dr Sujatmiko said as migrant workers, the Indonesian community assists in Brunei’s economic development further strengthening cooperation and good relations with Belait government administrators.
The ambassador also expressed gratitude to the Belait District government departments and penghulu mukim and village heads in Belait District for welcoming the Indonesian community to Belait District.
The Coordinator for Consular and Protocol Affairs of the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Arif Suyoko shared information about efforts to protect the Indonesian citizens, especially its migrant workers in Belait District.
Representatives of the penghulu mukim and village heads in the district also attended the meeting.