Relations between the two countries are not particularly intensive. Brunei is looking to stimulate economic growth and offers a good economic environment for Swiss investors.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Brunei Darussalam
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
The Swiss ambassador in Singapore is responsible for Brunei. The consulate, headed by an honorary consul, is located in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan. The ambassador of Brunei accredited to Berne resides in Berlin.
In 2008 Brunei presented its “Vision Brunei 2035” which charts a course for economic growth. By 2035 the country wants to be amongst the top ten nations in terms of per capita income, and sees a diversified domestic economy as the way to achieve this. It is planned to increase expenditure on education, technological development and infrastructure.
Its economic and financial position makes Brunei attractive for Swiss companies, with potential to be found in the construction industry, in port and airport equiment, the pharmaceutical industry and the financial sector. Trading relations are in part conducted directly via Singapore.
Swiss nationals in Brunei
In 2011 there were 16 Swiss nationals resident in Brunei.
History of bilateral relations
Switzerland recognized Brunei at the end of 1983. The two countries have maintained diplomatic relations since 1984.