Brunei is Weathering Challenges


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently called on Brunei’s Sultanate. While the IMF welcomed Brunei’s growth-friendly fiscal consolidation strategy aiming to safeguard the vulnerable segments of society, it also urged the Sultanate to adopt cautious policies and undertake structural reforms to bolster the ongoing recovery, uphold macroeconomic stability, and foster both diversification and climate resilience. Brunei recorded $1.91 billion ($1.42 billion) in total trade in July, which is a 37.4 percent year-on-year decrease. The major reason is the drop in both export and import value. Brunei's exports in July decreased by 39.3 percent yearly to 1,177.1 million Brunei dollars, while imports decreased by 34.2 percent to 733.3 million.

The IMF also discussed the mobilization of non-oil and gas revenues, the implementation of targeted subsidies, rationalization of the wage bill, and enhancements in fiscal transparency and risk analysis. They also mentioned the necessity of a robust and credible medium-term fiscal framework. Even though the IMF acknowledged the resilience of Brunei’s financial sector, with robust capital buffers and ample liquidity, the IMF Directors stressed the continued need for vigilance against potential risks, particularly in the face of tightening global financial conditions.

Furthermore, the IMF Directors appreciated Brunei’s generous efforts toward advancing the economic diversification in the country and climate transition goals, urging the country to persist in implementing critical policy reforms to secure long-term prosperity. While Brunei accelerates toward its future, we have come up with our latest edition based on the business leaders in the country. Do let us know your thoughts.

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