Regional & Multilateral
Diplomatic relations between Brunei Darussalam and Canada were established on 7 May 1984. Brunei Darussalam opened its mission in Ottawa in 1995 while the Canadian High Commission in Bandar Seri Begawan opened in 1996.
Brunei Darussalam's current High Commissioner to Canada is His Excellency Pengiran Haji Kamal Bashah bin Pengiran Haji Ahmad and Canada's current High Commissioner-designate to Brunei Darussalam is Caterina Ventura.
A range of high-level visits has taken place between the two countries over the years including His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam visited Canada in 1997 and 2000; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, in September 2011; and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in April 2017.
Brunei Darussalam received several high-level visits from Canada, including The Hon. John Baird, Foreign Minister of Canada, in July 2012 and July 2013; and The Hon. Edward Fast, Minister of International Trade of Canada, in February 2012 and in August 2013.
The main areas of cooperation between the two countries include trade, telecommunication, energy, defence, education, pharmaceutical production, agro-food development and in the oil and gas industry. Brunei Darussalam is also working closely with Canada through regional and international partnerships in particular through ASEAN, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
A number of agreements have been signed between the two countries including the Agreement for establishing an ASEAN Centre of Excellence in Brunei for Emergency Management and Crisis Management (3 December 2013); the Tax Information Exchange Agreement (9 May 2013); MOU to establish a world-class Multi-Purpose Training Centre in Brunei (15 February 2012); A telecommunication contract with SR Telecom of Montreal for the supply of equipment for subscriber radio access system in the rural areas of Brunei (2000); and the Ottawa Convention on Landmines and joint de-mining in Cambodia (4 December 1997, ratified on 26 April 2006).
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