Brunei enjoys spotlight in Nanning
21st Sep, 2015
THE Brunei Promotion Seminar organised by the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) was yesterday held at the Nanning International Convention & Exhibition Centre.
At the event, investment projects, tourism resources and Halal accreditation were promoted, with key focus on introducing the ‘Brunei-Guangxi Economic Corridor’ and ‘Brunei BioInnovation Corridor (BIC).’
Attended by 100 trade visitors, the seminar commenced with a welcoming remark by Haji Zulzalani bin Haji Osman, a senior officer from the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.
A JPMC presentation focussing on ‘Medical Tourism in Brunei Darussalam’ was also presented by Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) Marketing Head Awangku Danny bin Pengiran Tajuddin and JPMC Hospital Administrator Chris Carvalho.
The Biotech and Halal Industries Opportunities talk was presented by Gary Ho, BIC Park Manager on behalf of the Halal Innovation and Industry Centre, MIPR. A question-and-answer session was later held.
Also attending the seminar were Guangxi government representative, Yao Cai, and First Secretary of the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, Fang Jiwen.
The seminar focuses on Brunei’s investment climate revolving around topics such as strengthening Brunei-China cooperation on investment and economic trade after the establishment of China-Asean FTA (free trade agreement), especially in further enhancing mutual beneficial cooperation between Brunei and China on raw materials, research and development (R&D) of Halal food, the exploration and promotion of tourism resources, investment in infrastructure construction, agricultural technology and cultural exchanges, and promoting bilateral economic cooperation to in-depth development, with the aim of propelling the Brunei-China economic and trade investment partnership and realising mutual benefit and win-win results for the people of both countries.
Brunei is the third largest oil producer in Southeast Asia and the fourth largest liquefied natural gas producing country. The production and export of oil and natural gas is Brunei’s economic mainstay, accounting for 50 per cent of its GDP and over 90 per cent of its export income respectively.
In 2012, the per capita income of Brunei was 44,000 US dollars, making it one of the richest countries in the world.
Known for its wealth, oil-rich Brunei is a unique country in Southeast Asia, with its area of only one-sixth of Hainan Island and a population of 400,000 people.
Brunei is led by a benevolent, wise and caring monarch – 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. As a rich, peaceful, safe and stable country, Brunei does not levy any income tax on individuals and provides free education and health care. Most of the daily necessities are subsidised by the government.
A majority of Muslim Malays, overseas Chinese and international expatriates coexist harmoniously here. They keep their own religions and their own folk customs.
With people respecting the religion and culture of others, Brunei is proud to be a friendly, hospitable yet not overly-commercialised destination for tourism.
Brunei boasts abundant tourist hotspots. The Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque is radiant in the resplendent Islamic culture against the blue sky and white clouds. The king’s palace, the largest dwelling palace in the world, shows her magnificence and majesty, while the village above the water that enjoys the name ‘Eastern Venice’ sits across the mosque.
The Empire Hotel & Country Club, with its 518 guest rooms and suites, is the most luxurious tourist resort in Southeast Asia and a haven for golf fans. Brunei also possesses well-reserved primitive tropical rainforests and diverse rare and valuable wild animals.
The Ulu Temburong National Park is an excellent place for sports, adventures and experience of the natural oxygen bar. In Brunei, you can dive around the coral reefs, look up at the gold roof of the sacred mosque, roam in the museums and taste the mouth-watering Brunei food and uncontaminated seafood. In brief, you can completely enjoy the comfort and pleasure in this idyllic country in Borneo.
Source: Borneo Bulletin