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    Economic News Updates

    For each market we cover, OBG produces regular economic research available on our website, by email subscription and via RSS feed. Free to access, our Economic Updates are targeted at those looking for regular comment on key sector developments.

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Economic Update | Brunei Darussalam looks to its labs for growth

7 Oct 2013

Increased investment in research and development (R&D), combined with targeting niche markets, are two cornerstones of a strategy being rolled out by Brunei Darussalam aimed at encouraging economic diversification.

Economic Update | Brunei Darussalam weighs Pacific trade deal

9 Sep 2013

As progress in the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) accelerates, some Bruneians are saying it represents a significant opportunity to create jobs and energise trade. However, critics are concerned that the legal powers it will give to foreign firms could impinge on Brunei Darussalam’s sovereignty.

Economic Update | Brunei Darussalam takes steps to lessen rural digital divide

11 Aug 2013

Rural areas of Brunei Darussalam, which have long faced problems with information and communications technology (ICT) services, are set to benefit from a move to align the Sultanate’s bandwidth with that of its regional neighbours.

Economic Update | Brunei Darussalam: Growing expectations

30 Jul 2013

An increase in oil and gas production is expected to boost Brunei Darussalam’s economy over the next few years, but international experts disagree on the magnitude and timing of this growth.

Economic Update | Brunei Darussalam: Questions on ‘mega-bridges’ financing

12 Jul 2013

As plans for three new ‘mega-bridges’ take shape, the government intends to impose stringent environmental assessments for the vast structures. However, critics say equal emphasis should also be placed on identifying financing options to avoid construction delays.

Economic Update | Brunei Darussalam: Bigger emphasis on vocational training

27 Jun 2013

Starting in July, Brunei Darussalam’s Ministry of Education (MoE) will begin implementing a series of broad-ranging reforms to the technical vocational education and training (TVET) system to align training programmes more with the needs of the economy.