Dr Hj Kamaruddin Dato Seri Paduka Hj Talib, President, and Fauziah Dato Seri Paduka Hj Talib, Treasurer and Secretary, Trade and Investment of the Brunei Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry addressed members about their vision of transforming the business landscape in Brunei” in line with His Majesty the Sultan’s call for diversification away from oil and gas and to see the private sector taking on more economic activity with the support of Brunei’s numerous business groups. 

Brunei, he said, has a proud history in oil and this will be sustained for future development. Equally, other opportunities will continue to present themselves, and it is in business’ interest to spot and develop these even though, at first sight, they might not present themselves as “priority areas” for investment. To this end, DPPMB meet with government, visiting trade delegations and local business people to understand where priorities lie, how people are thinking and where we should focus our energy. They also provide various support services to businesses to help them grow. 

Their “World Café” dialogue sessions, Power Lunches and “Spotlight” activities have already shown results and BBBF were invited to participate in future sessions. 

Accompanying Dr Kamaruddin were members of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brunei. This was an excellent opportunity for our own members to mingle with other business groups and discuss common ground, and we look forward to working with DPPMB in the future.