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 will mark its 50th anniversary in 2017), and also cooperate extensively in defence, finance, trade and investment, tourism, health and education. We are also close partners in ASEAN and other international fora.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

2017

  • 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.

2016

  • 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.

2015

  • 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.

Last updated: December 2017