Malaysian delegation courtesy visit focusses on business opportunities

|     Azlan Othman     |

THE National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Brunei Darussalam (NCCIBD) received a courtesy call from Malaysian High Commissioner designate to Brunei Darussalam Ismail bin Haji Salam at its building in Beribi Industrial Complex yesterday.

NCCIBD President Haji Mohammad Hanafi bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Diraja Dato Laila Utama Haji Abdul Rahman was present.

The Deputy Secretary General of NCCIBD Haji Abdul Halim bin Haji Saim said matters discussed included business opportunities in the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) region.

“ASEAN alone has over 500 million people and rich in natural resources which can be explored further. We look forward to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NCCIBD and our Malaysian counterparts in the future.

“We have yet to sign an MoU with Sarawak or Sabah National Chamber of Commerce and Industry,” he added.

They also discussed the development of investment projects by Brunei’s private sector companies in Sarawak.

Deputy Presidents Malcolm Lim and Musa bin Haji Adinin, Vice President of Chinese Chamber of Commerce David Lim and Deputy High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam Rafedah binti Abdul Aziz were also present.

NCCIBD signed an MoU with their counterparts from Laos to strengthen overall trade, investment and economic cooperation during the official visit by Prime Minister of Lao PDR Dr Thongloun Sisoulith to Brunei recently.

President of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Brunei Darussalam (NCCIBD) Haji Mohammad Hanafi bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Diraja Dato Laila Utama Haji Abdul Rahman, Deputy Secretary General of NCCIBD Haji Abdul Halim bin Haji Saim, and Malaysian High Commissioner designate to Brunei Darussalam Ismail bin Haji Salam in a group photo. – AZLAN OTHMAN