The first UAE-Brunei Darussalam Joint Committee Meeting was held in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. It was hosted by the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Many different sectors and areas of mutual interest were discussed in this meeting.
The Joint Committee was co-chaired by Ahmed bin Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State, UAE, and the Honourable Dato Erywan Yusof, Brunei Darussalam’s Second Minister of Foreign Affairs. The sectors and areas covered included trade, tourism and hospitality, agriculture, energy, investment, aquaculture, maritime cooperation, land transport and logistics, and multilateral cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The leading role of UAE as the country hosting the Conference of the Parties (COP28) in 2023 was highlighted, and climate change priorities were touched upon during the discussions. Ahmed Al Sayegh praised the Joint Committee’s role in enhancing cooperation between the UAE and Brunei Darussalam. He also commended the role of the Joint Committee in unlocking the potential of cooperation in trade and investment as envisioned by the governments of these two countries.
The Honourable Dato Erywan Yusof emphasized his country’s interest in enhancing cooperation and strengthening bilateral relations with the UAE. He also commended UAE’s efforts to coordinate the climate change agenda under COP28.