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Brunei

Overview

Relations between Singapore and Brunei are excellent. Leaders on both sides have close personal ties, and there is a regular exchange of visits at all levels.

Singapore and Brunei have long-standing arrangements such as the Currency Interchangeability Agreement (which marked its 50th anniversary in 2017), and also cooperate extensively in defence, finance, trade and investment, tourism, health, aquaculture, and education. We are also close partners in ASEAN and other international fora.

Recent Highlights

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  • Minister (Environment and Water Resources) Masagos Zulkifli visited Brunei Darussalam from 8 to 10 November for the Majlis Ilmu or Knowledge Convention 2015.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made an official visit to Brunei Darussalam from 25 to 26 October.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean led a delegation of young Singapore political office holders to Brunei Darussalam from 4 to 7 October for the 3rd Young Leaders’ Programme.
  • Minister (Culture, Community and Youth) and Second Minister (Communications and Information) Lawrence Wong visited Brunei Darussalam from 14 to 15 August for the 69th birthday celebrations of His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.
  • His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah visited Singapore from 8 to 9 August to attend the SG50 National Day Parade.
  • Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) and Second Minister (Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs) Masagos Zulkifli, Minister of State (Defence and National Development) Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, and Minister of State (National Development) Desmond Lee visited Brunei Darussalam from 19 to 22 July for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam visited Singapore from 7 to 10 May.
  • Bruneian Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Major General (Rtd) Pehin Dato Halbi Yussof visited Singapore from 2 to 6 February under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Distinguished Visitors Programme.
  • Official Visit of His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office to Singapore from 27 November to 2 December for the 4th Singapore-Brunei Young Leaders’ Programme.
  • His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik Ibni Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah visited Singapore from 15 to 19 August.
  • Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) Chan Chun Sing visited Brunei Darussalam from 14 to 16 July 2016 for the 70th birthday celebrations of His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah.
  • Senior Minister of State (Defence and Foreign Affairs) Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman visited Brunei Darussalam from 7 to 10 July for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam, visited Singapore from 20 to 22 April.
  • Bruneian Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Roselan bin Haji Mohd Daud, visited Singapore from 4 to 8 April under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Distinguished Visitors Programme.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean led a delegation of young Singapore political office holders to Negara Brunei Darussalam from 3 to 5 November for the 5th Young Leaders’ Programme (YLP), at the invitation of His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office of Negara Brunei Darussalam.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, accompanied by Mrs Lee, made a Working Visit to Bandar Seri Begawan, Negara Brunei Darussalam from 5 to 7 October, to attend the Golden Jubilee celebration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam.
  • Minister (Environment and Water Resources) Masagos Zulkifli visited Negara Brunei Darussalam from 13 to 16 July. He was the Singapore Government’s representative to the 71st birthday celebrations of the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah on 15 July.
  • The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, made a State Visit to Singapore from 5 to 6 July. The State Visit also commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between Singapore and Brunei.
  • Senior Minister of State (Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman visited Brunei from 26 to 30 June for Hari Raya Aidilfitri. SMS visited the Istana Nurul Iman on 27 June and conveyed the Hari Raya wishes of Singapore’s leaders to the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Raja Isteri, Her Majesty Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, and other members of the Royal Family.  SMS was accompanied by Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Social and Family Development and Ministry of Education) Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim and Mayor, Northeast CDC Desmond Choo.
  • Bruneian Minister of Energy and Industry Pehin Yasmin Umar made a working visit to Singapore on 31 March and was hosted to lunch by Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
  • President Halimah Yacob made her first State Visit to Negara Brunei Darussalam from 11 to 14 May. This was President’s maiden State Visit. President received a ceremonial welcome at the Istana Nurul Iman and attended a State Banquet hosted by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam. President had an audience followed by a bilateral meeting with the Sultan. President also met His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, as well as other Royals, Ministers and senior officials during the visit. President visited the Defence Academy Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the University of Brunei Darussalam Botanical Research Centre. She also met Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel training in Brunei, and attended a dinner reception for the Singaporean community in Brunei.

  • At the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, led a delegation of Bruneian Ministers and senior officials to Singapore from 28 October to 4 November for the 6th Young Leaders’ Programme. The Crown Prince was hosted to tea by President Halimah Yacob, and called on and was hosted to lunch by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. DPM Teo also hosted the Crown Prince to a welcome dinner, and a morning walk at Gardens by the Bay followed by breakfast. The Crown Prince visited the SAF’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command, the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat visited Brunei from 14 to 16 July 2019. DPM Heng was the Singapore Government’s representative to the 73rd birthday celebrations of the Sultan of Brunei, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, on 15 July 2019.
  • The Sultan of Brunei, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, and his spouse, the Raja Isteri Her Majesty Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, along with the leaders of Indonesia and Malaysia, attended the Bicentennial edition of Singapore’s National Day Parade on 9 August 2019 at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. While in Singapore, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah paid a courtesy call on President Halimah Yacob. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and the Raja Isteri also met PM Lee and Mrs Lee at the National Gallery prior to the start of the Parade.
  • Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman visited Brunei from 6 to 10 June 2019 for Hari Raya Aidilfitri. SMS Maliki visited the Istana Nurul Iman on 7 June 2019, and conveyed the Hari Raya wishes of Singapore’s leaders to the Sultan of Brunei, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, the Raja Isteri, Her Majesty Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, and other members of the Royal Family. SMS Maliki was accompanied by MPs Joan Pereira and Henry Kwek, and their spouses.
  • At the invitation of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean led a delegation of Singaporean political office-holders to Brunei from 1 to 4 October 2019 for the 7th Young Leaders’ Programme. SM Teo had an audience with the Sultan of Brunei, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. SM Teo also had an audience followed by lunch with Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, and was hosted to breakfast by Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah. SM Teo met several Bruneian Ministers and senior officials, and visited Universiti Teknologi Brunei, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, several agricultural and aquacultural sites, and the Royal Brunei Navy Headquarters at Muara Naval Base. SM Teo was accompanied by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu; Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli; Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Heng Chee How; Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Law, Edwin Tong; and Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Trade and Industry, Dr Tan Wu Meng.

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