Thailand and Brunei Darussalam have reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing regional cooperation, especially when the ASEAN Community is in place in late 2015.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to visit Brunei Darussalam in March 2015. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn discussed preparations for the official visit of the Prime Minister to Brunei Darussalam with His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam.
The discussion was made when he visited Brunei Darussalam on 2-4 February 2015. They also discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in all aspects. According to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both sides welcomed the establishment of Thailand’s Office of Defense Attaché at the Royal Thai Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan in August 2014 to promote bilateral cooperation in the area of defense.
On economic issues, Thailand is ready to increase its rice exports to Brunei Darussalam, where Thai rice is popular. Both sides also shared interest in research and development of halal food technology.
Regarding education, the two countries expressed their shared interest in educational exchange. General Tanasak also expressed his appreciation to Brunei Darussalam for taking good care of about 2,000 Thai workers there.
During the visit, he had an audience with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, at the Istana Nurul Iman Palace. His Majesty the Sultan conveyed his well wishes for the good health of His Majesty King Bhumibol. Both sides also exchanged views on close ties between the two countries, which have happily existed for more than 31 years and cover various areas and levels of cooperation.
General Tanasak also met Dato Lim Jock Seng, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam, and Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Seri Pahlawan Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah, Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
Pehin Abdullah, Minister of Communication and Acting Minister of Industry and Primary Resources of Brunei Darussalam, led General Tanasak and his party to visit BioInnovation Corridor, which is the halal themed Industrial Park.
The Industrial Park focuses on halal innovation and consists of three main parts: halal science and innovation center, industrial area for investors, and general public area. When completed, there will be a botanical garden and retail shops, as well.
The BioInnovation Corridor will provide Thai investors with a new channel of cooperation with Brunei Darussalam in halal food production and innovation. In addition, Brunei Darussalam will host an investor forum on the halal industry in April 2015.