BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Brunei and Indonesia signed two memoranda of understanding on health and trade cooperation yesterday.
The signing ceremonies which were held at the Baitul Masyuarah in Istana Nurul Iman, were witnessed by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Indonesia's President Dato Laila Utama Joko Widodo, who will end his two-day state visit to Brunei today.
Representing the Government of His Majesty at the signing of the MoU on health cooperation was Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof.
The MoU was signed on behalf of the Government of Indonesia by Minister of Health Nila Djuwita Anfasa Moeloek.
The signing ceremony of the MoU on health was followed by the signing of the MoU between the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Brunei Darussalam (NCCIBD) and the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), to improve trade and investment.
Brunei was represented by Hj Razali Hj Johari, the Chairman of NCCIBD, while KADIN was represented by its Chairman Suryo Bambang Sulisto.
The signing ceremonies were also witnessed by HRH Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, Suryo Bambang Sulisto, Chairman of KADIN, said that the MoU, in essence will look at how the two chambers can cooperate more closely to promote trade, investment and tourism in a more effective and efficient way.
One of the ways to do so was to increase information-sharing, he said.
"Our two chambers have not really worked that closely before, even though we have known each other for some time," he said. He also said that promoting business-to-business exchanges was another area that KADIN is keen to support. Suryo said that for the MoU to succeed, support from the government to the private sector was important.