Brunei, Bangladesh strengthen cooperation in agriculture, energy sectors

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-23 19:29:40|Editor: xuxin
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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wrapped up her three-day official visit to Brunei on Tuesday, with the two countries agreeing to broaden cooperation in various sectors including agriculture and energy.

A joint statement released in conjunction with Bangladesh Prime Minister's visit to Brunei said that Brunei is keen to work with Bangladesh in the food and agriculture sector.

"Both sides will explore potential bilateral trade in agriculture and food products, and collaboration in farming and agro-processing taking into account respective national development priorities," it said.

It went on to say that the two sides recognized the potential for investments and will encourage the promotion of reciprocal investments.

"Brunei expressed interest to explore participation in the global halal food market by taking advantage of the special economic zones of Bangladesh and the proven expertise of Brunei in the halal food industry," it added.

The statement also said that both sides agreed to explore possibilities of comprehensive collaboration in the energy sector to fuel the growing demand of energy in Bangladesh on the back of the south Asian country's rapid economic growth.

The statement touched on a government-to-government arrangement which includes LNG supply to Bangladesh as well as the participation of both public and private sectors, covering areas such as investments and trade in petro-chemicals, offshore oil and gas exploration, technical collaboration and capacity building.

The Bangladeshi premier was on an official visit to Brunei from April 21 to 23. Her visit coincides with the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.