Spotlight on trade, climate change

Aziz Idris

The United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Brunei and member of Parliament (MP) Mark Garnier and UK Government’s 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Regional Ambassador to Asia Pacific and South Asia Ken O’Flaherty were speakers of a virtual dialogue hosted by the Britain Brunei Business Forum (BBBF) with the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam yesterday.

Both officials spoke remotely from London to an audience at Laksamana College of Business (LCB) in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Garnier shared his experience as the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, including his thoughts on areas of future UK-Brunei and UK-ASEAN collaboration.

Ken O’Flaherty spoke about the UK’s presidency of the COP26 and the Race to Zero Campaign, which seek business and education institutions to be net zero by 2050.

It was followed by a question-and-answer session.

British Deputy High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Natalie Gowers-Barnes, Chair of BBBF Siva Subramaniam, BBBF executive committee and members were also present.

Also in attendance were representatives from the government sector, Diplomatic Corps, DARe (Darussalam Enterprise), Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) and Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS).

UK-ASEAN Business Council Director of ASEAN and Corporate Affairs Allen Lai moderated and chaired the event.