Connectivity between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam will be growing because one of the Indonesian private airlines in the near future will soon fly from Balikpapan, East Kalimantan to Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei Darussalam. The realization of the flight route is a concrete form of the 4th Joint Commission Meeting for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) Indonesia-Brunei Darussalam which for the first time involves entrepreneurs from both countries. This was conveyed by the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi in a press statement with Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam Erywan Yusof, at Pancasila Building, Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta, Friday July 20th, 2018.
“For economic cooperation, for the first time in JCBC there is a business meeting conducted on the sidelines of this JCBC meeting. In that business meeting one MoU was signed between Sriwijaya Air and Syarikat Syarikat Kejuruteraan Bumiputera Belait Sdn Bhd for flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Balikpapan. We also agreed to improve the business to business relationship because it is a very important thing to improve the economic cooperation of both parties,” Retno Marsudi said.
Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Sujatmiko, through a press release on Thursday, July 19, 2018 said the business meeting that was part of the 4th JCBC was held in one hotel in Jakarta one day before the second bilateral Foreign Minister meeting. The business meeting was followed by nine companies from Brunei Darussalam and 15 Indonesian companies engaged in information technology, consulting, property, education, food, animal husbandry, tourism, and oil and gas. Through these business meetings, each party from both countries provides exposure on business opportunities, regulation, and business potential, by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and the Foreign Ministry and Trade of Brunei Darussalam. Some positive notes from the business meeting include interest in opening joint ventures and joint ventures by entrepreneurs from both countries. To follow up on this, entrepreneurs from both countries have agreed to hold the next business meeting in Brunei Darussalam in the near future. (VOI/Rezha/DP)