Brunei–India relations

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Brunei–India relations
Map indicating locations of Brunei and India



Brunei–India relations refers to bilateral foreign relations between Brunei and India. Brunei has a high commission in New Delhi, and India has a high commission in Bandar Seri Begawan.[1]


Relations were established on 10 May 1984.[1][2] His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah made a state visit to India in September 1992.[1][2] Since the discovery of oil in Brunei in 1929, a number of Indians migrated to Brunei to work in the oil and allied services sectors and later as a teachers with some of them inter-marrying with local Bruneian peoples.[2]

Economic relations[edit]

In economic, five memorandum of understanding has been signed by both countries such as exemption on visa, requirement for holders of diplomatic and official passports, defence co-operation, health and shipping and ports agreement.[2] The main export of Brunei to India is crude oil, while India main export to Brunei are labours both on professionals and semi-skilled workers.[2] Many Indian businessman also has monopoly business in Brunei especially on textiles and the majority of doctor in Brunei were come from India.[2] In 2010 until 2011, the Indian exports to Brunei has increased from $34.22 million to $36.53 million whie Bruneian exports to India rose from $674 million to $1266 million, which mainly due to rise in petroleum off take by Indian petrochemical companies.[3]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Brunei-India Relations". Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Brunei). Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "India-Brunei Relations" (PDF). Ministry of External Affairs (India). January 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Economic relations". High Commission of India (Brunei Darussalam). Retrieved 17 February 2014.