ON THE OCCASION OF THE SIGNING OF THE AGREEMENT
BETWEEN JAPAN AND BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
FOR AN ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP
- We, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, held a meeting in Tokyo on 18 June, 2007.
- We discussed how to work closely together to further enhance the stability, security and prosperity of our two countries. We shared the view that the Agreement between Japan and Brunei Darussalam for an Economic Partnership (hereinafter referred to as "the JBEPA") would be one of the main driving forces in the realisation of this goal.
- We recognise the excellent relationship between our two countries, which has been built upon our strong economic ties, particularly in the area of oil and natural gas even before the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1984. Today, Japan is a leading export destination and an important investor for Brunei Darussalam, while Brunei Darussalam is an important supplier of oil and natural gas for Japan. We are convinced that there are still a lot of opportunities and potential to strengthen our bilateral relationship and renewed our commitment to enhance our ties.
- In this regard, we are convinced that the JBEPA will serve as a main vehicle by facilitating the free flow of goods, services and investments, improving the overall business environment for the private sectors between the two countries and at the same time deepening and enhancing cooperation in the fields of energy, trade and investment promotion, small and medium enterprises, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, tourism, education and human resource development, information and communications technology, science and technology, environment, intellectual property and land transportation including through capacity building. Reflecting the importance of further cooperation between the two countries, a list of programmes and projects on cooperation is attached to this Statement.
- As responsible members of the global community, we recognise the international concerns on climate change and the importance of ensuring sustainable economic development balanced with environmental conservation, so that our future generations will continue to appreciate and value the clean environment we enjoy today. In this context, Brunei Darussalam welcomes the proposal "Cool Earth 50", recently put forward by Japan as a strategy to address climate change. We shared the hope that the Bio-Diversity Centre in Kuala Belalong would be developed and utilised for research cooperation in the fields of biodiversity and conservation of the environment, making use of Japanese experiences and expertise in cooperation with academia, experts and the private sector.
- We are convinced that the JBEPA will contribute to strengthening the regional economic integration. As close partners in the region, we remain committed to further strengthening the partnership between ASEAN and Japan, particularly in establishing the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP). Japan and Brunei will work together to advance the integration of the East Asia region through the Track Two study on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership in East Asia (CEPEA) and through the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
- It gives us great pleasure to witness today the outcome of our joint efforts. The signing of the JBEPA will bring our relationship to a new and higher level of partnership which will accelerate greater economic development and promote the well-being of the peoples of both countries. We are also of the view that the JBEPA will encourage greater participation and interaction by our private sectors and enhance contacts between our people.
Tokyo, 18 June, 2007
Prime Minister of Japan
|Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Sultan of Brunei Darussalam
The List of Programmes and Projects to be implemented
- Human Resource Development Program (knowledge transfer/ Capacity Building); including conducting seminars and workshops to share experiences and best practices in the electricity supply industry and coal, hydro and waste incineration for power generation
- Policy Development: Exchanging information and sharing experiences regarding energy policy including expert assistance on the formulation of Electricity Supply Industry Regulatory Framework
- Consultancy services and expert assistance on Tariff Review & Design for the Electricity Supply Industry
- Exchanging information in the following fields;
- Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
- Methane Hydrates
- Renewable Electricity Generation
- Renewable Fuel Production
- CO2 Capture and Storage Technologies for Zero Emission Power Generation
- Clean Coal Technologies
- Energy Efficiency and Savings
- Knowledge for Energy Policy Making
- Conducting the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) industry joint seminar on energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
- A Dialogue Mechanism between the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
- Information Channels for Marketing
- Opportunity for Capacity Building for Marketing
Trade and Investment Promotion
- Dispatch of Mission (BIMP-EAGA)
- Capacity Building Workshop on Japanese FDI
- Establishment of Japan ASEAN Design Council
Small and Medium Enterprises
- Capacity Building Programme - The Business Enhancement Seminar & Training Programme for SMEs
- Research, Identification and Development of Brunei Handicraft Products by JETRO
Education and Human Resources Development
- Japanese Government Scholarship Programmes
- Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme
- Promotion of Academic Exchange between Universities
- Promotion of Exchange between Sendai and Brunei Japan Friendship Association
- Promotion of ASEAN tourism to enhance ASEAN's image recovery
Science and Technology
- Human Resource Development and Special Training Programme
- Academic Exchange (medical science) between Kagawa University and University of Brunei Darussalam
- Human Resource Development Programme for Exchange of ICT Researchers and Engineers of Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT)
- Capacity Building Programme on ICT - "transforming ASEAN TPO Websites into transaction based WEB-SERVICES"
- Introduction and mutual recognition of the Information Technology Engineers Examination operated by the Information-Technology Promotion Agency (IPA)
- Exchanging information and sharing experiences in the field of Intellectual Property
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