Deputy Premier: Sarawak-Brunei trade value hits RM3.76 billion in 2023

Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, June 24: The value of bilateral trade between Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam in 2023 has reached RM3.76 billion, said Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

According to a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) report, Awang Tengah said the trade volume increased by 23.8 per cent compared to RM3.04 billion back in 2022.


“We believe that Sarawak’s close cooperation with Brunei will further increase the trade value.

“Therefore, we will intensify our efforts to facilitate the trade between Brunei and Sarawak, especially through the trade expo,” he added.

He said this during a dinner ceremony with Sarawak Governor Tun Pehin Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and his wife, Toh Puan Fauziah Mohd Sanusi, with the Sarawak Diaspora at the Office of the High Commission of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam in Bandar Seri Begawan last night (June 23).

Meanwhile, Awang Tengah said that the Sarawak government is developing the North Coast Highway (NCH), which will be integrated with Brunei Darussalam’s road network.

He explained that the development of the highway infrastructure will further facilitate trade and investment between Brunei and Sarawak.

“The Sarawak government will also strengthen cooperation in telecommunications to provide connectivity at the border entrance,” said Awang Tengah.

Earlier in a speech, Chargé d’Affaires of High Commission of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam, Nur Ezira Mahadi said, in 2023, Brunei will be Malaysia’s 30th largest global trading partner with a total bilateral trade reaching almost RM10 billion.

Nur Ezira added that the High Commission of Malaysia in Bandar Seri Begawan welcomes the opening of the Sarawak Brunei Trade and Tourism Office (STATOB) this year, which will directly increase economic cooperation between Brunei and Sarawak. — DayakDaily