Switzerland and Brunei established diplomatic relations in 1984. Brunei, which has initiated reforms with the aim of diversifying its economy, offers good conditions to Swiss investors.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Brunei Darussalam
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
The Swiss embassy in Singapore is also responsible for covering Brunei. The consulate, headed by an honorary consul, is located in the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. The ambassador of Brunei accredited to Bern resides in Berlin.
Switzerland and Brunei have had diplomatic relations since 1984.
Furthermore, Switzerland also cooperates with Brunei within the context of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Switzerland became sectoral dialogue partner in July 2016.
Economic and financial relations
Economic relations between Switzerland and Brunei are very limited. The economy of the sultanate is heavily dependent on natural gas and petroleum. In an effort to diversify, Brunei launched the ‘Brunei Vision 2035’ programme in 2008, the ultimate aim of which is to achieve income per capita within the top 10 countries in the world. With this in mind Brunei envisages increasing spending on education, technological development and infrastructure.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Researchers and artists from Brunei can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.
Swiss nationals in Brunei
In 2016, there were 14 Swiss nationals living in Brunei.
History of bilateral relations
Switzerland recognised Brunei at the end of 1983. The two countries have maintained diplomatic relations since 1984. In 2001, Federal Councillor Pascal Couchepin made the first visit of a member of the Swiss government to Brunei. Two subsequent political dialogues took place in March 2011 and April 2016 in Bandar Seri Begawan.