Canada-Brunei Darussalam Relations

Canada established diplomatic relations with Brunei Darussalam in 1984, following Brunei's independence. In Brunei, Canada is represented by the Canadian High Commission in Bandar Seri Begawan. Brunei is represented in Canada by a High Commission in Ottawa.

Bilateral relations between Canada and Brunei are positive and constructive. A key focus of the relationship is trade and investment opportunities. The Canada-Brunei relationship is further strengthened by cooperation in multilateral forums including Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Commonwealth. Canada and Brunei are both members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Canada engages with Brunei through dialogue with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and interaction with its Regional Forum (ARF).  In May 2013, Canada and Brunei signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement which entered into force in December 2014.

Canada's trade relationship with Brunei includes commerce across a number of sectors where Canadian firms are working in aerospace and simulation training, information and communication technologies and in the growing halal pharma industry.  Brunei also continues to be a potential market for Canadian companies in the following sectors: oil and gas, clean technologies, agriculture and agri-food, defence and security and education.  Canada’s merchandise exports to Brunei in 2016 amounted to $9.8 million, most notably in the aerospace sector. In 2016, merchandise imports from Brunei to Canada totaled $2.1 million, consisting mostly of organic chemicals.

The potential for Canada to expand cooperation in the education sector is high: at the end of 2016, more than 50 students from Brunei were studying at post-secondary institutions in Canada, including government scholarship holders.

April 2017

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