Bilateral diplomatic relations between Brunei Darussalam and India were established in May and this year marks the 31st anniversary of the establishment. The multifaceted relations between the two countries have witnessed a steady growth during these years, characterised by goodwill, mutual respect and understanding. Even during these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries have endeavoured to maintain the momentum in the bilateral relationship through continued progress in the areas identified during the bilateral Foreign Office Consultations which was held in June 2019, and the First Joint Trade Committee Meeting, held in September 2018. His Excellency Ajaneesh Kumar, High Commissioner of India to the country stated this at the reception on the occasion of the celebration of India's 72nd Republic Day. The event was held last night at The Empire Brunei in Jerudong.
As part of India's commitment to support Brunei's capacity building programme, India has been offering various training programme for the benefit of Bruneians. According to His Excellency, this include bilateral cooperation in the field of Education.
Representing His Majesty's government at the function was Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohammad Yussof, the Second Minister of Defence. The two countries have identified quite a few areas for cooperation including agriculture, education, ICT, science &amp;amp;amp;amp; technology and health care. Both countries are also exploring bilateral cooperation in digitisation, e-commerce and e-governance.
Source: Radio Television Brunei