Brunei, Finland Explore Business Opportunities
by Bru Direct
Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei Darussalam and Finland have shown "real interest" in exploring business opportunities with each other. This can be seen from the visit of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to Finland in September last year.
This observation was made by Mr Lauri Korpinen, the non-resident Ambassador of Finland to Brunei, who was speaking at a press conference at Sheraton Utama Hotel after the closing of a business roundtable and networking session organised by the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) yesterday.
Members of the Finnish delegation, which represent a range of industries such as construction, electronics, engiOkering and ICT, also spoke in detail on what they were hoping to achieve in the Sultanate.
Markku Ranin from Fintec Asia-Pacific Sdn Bhd said that he was looking for local distributors and dealers to sell two of its latest products - the `TRAMIGO', a portable GSM+GPS tracking device, and the `SUUNTO', a high-tech sports wristwatch that can predict the weather.
When asked if whether there will be high demand for such gadgets in Brunei, he said, "Although the market is not very big, it should not be ignored as we are selling our products in 220 countries."
He added that the tracking device can be used anywhere around the world including Southeast Asia.
Praba Sangarajoo from Nokia Siemen Network, meanwhile, found the presentation on the development of `iCentres' in Brunei, which was conducted earlier in the day by BEDB's Aziz Latip, "quite interesting".
"We would like to learn more about it and see how we could compliment this... (in the field of ICT business) in Brunei," he said.
Eric Liu of Wไrtsild Malaysia Sdn Bhd said that after learning more about BEDB's future plans to develop the country's port and transportation industries, he believes that there is "potential" to achieve such a vision.
Jari Silventoinen from Jeks Engineering Sdn Bhd said that although Brunei is not a very big country, it has the potential to develop itself into a larger business capital. He added that he has learnt that Brunei has a new dynamism after visiting various ministries in the countries and learning more about the Sultanate through BEDB.
When asked if there were plans to establish an oil-and-gas relationship with Brunei in the future, the non-resident Ambassador of Finland said, "There are no plans at the moment. We are currently importing oil from Russia, the Middle East and Norway, but we know that Brunei's oil is of the greatest quality and one of the best in the world."