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Oxford Business to focus on Brunei's goals as Asean Chair

Publication Date : 17-01-2013


The upcoming Oxford Business Group (OBG) Report on Brunei, for 2012, will be launched by the end of the first quarter of 2013, in time for the first Asean Summit 2013 and will highlight the opportunities awaiting Brunei as it assumes the Asean chair this year, its regional editor said yesterday.

One of the new features to be included in the report is a whole chapter dedicated to the Asean Summit 2013, Paul Kuncinas told The Brunei Times in an interview.

The report will also include an analysis of the Asean Economic Community 2015, he said.

"It will basically tell what it means for investors and also specifically what Brunei can achieve this year as the Chair of Asean," he added.

The approximately 200-page report will include a detailed, sector-by-sector guide for foreign investors, according to a press release from the Group.

It will also contain a wide range of interviews with the most prominent political, economic and business leaders, including the Sultan of Brunei and Cambodia's Minister of Trade and Commerce Cham Prasith.

Other interviewees include Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong; South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kim Sung-Hwan; the chairman of the Brunei Economic Development Board and Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office Hj Ali Hj Apong, the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office, Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar; Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird; and UK Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willets.

The publication will mark the culmination of more than six months of on-the-ground research by a team of analysts from the Group, the press release said.

It will provide information on opportunities for foreign direct investment into the country's economy and will act as a guide to the many facets of the country including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and sectoral developments for growth and prosperity of the country and the region.

Country Director Elizabeth Denworth said the wealth of data and analysis contained in the Group's reports on Brunei and the other countries covered by OBG would support new subscribers at academic institutions in both their studies and career paths.

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Through its range of print and online products, OBG offers comprehensive and accurate analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, insurance, energy, transport, industry and telecoms.


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