On 21 November 2016, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Brunei Darussalam formally established Diplomatic Relations through the signing of a Joint Communique in new York. The Joint Communique was signed by His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations (pictured left) on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, and His Excellency Mr. Dato Paduka Abdul Ghafar Ismail, Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nations on behalf of the Government of Brunei Darussalam.
Brunei Darussalm, often referred to as Brunei is located in the Southeastern Asia region on the third largest island in the world, Borneo island. The country gained full independence from the United Kingdom in 1984, and became a member state of the United Nations later that year. Brunei has a population of roughly 430,000 people, and stable economy which thrives on the production and export of crude oil and natural gas. Through the signing of the Joint Communique, The Bahamas and Brunei wish to continue to further strengthen their relations in areas of common interests both bilaterally and in multilateral fora.