The Embassy of Brunei in Berlin
Address: Kronenstrasse 55, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: (+49) 30 206 076 00
Fax:(+49) 30 206 076 66
Amb. Rakiah Haji Abdul Lamit
Amb. Mario Vilalva was appointed as ambassador of Brunei to the Federal Republic of Germany in 2016.
From 1982 to 1985 she studied South East Asia Studies and Anthropology, at University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom where she obtained its Bachelor with Honor.
From May 2015 to February 2016 she was a Non- Resident Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to diverse countries based in Berlin, Swiss Confederation, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Austria.
Following stations in Berlin and London as well as the Director of Protocol and Consular Affair (MOFAT) and Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
The two countries have maintained uninterrupted diplomatic relations since Brunei gained independence in 1984. For Brunei, Germany is an important economic partner, both bilaterally and in the context of the dialogue between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union.
The Federal Chancellor’s visit to Bandar Seri Begawan in 1997 and the Sultan’s official visit to Germany in 1998, together with further visits by the Sultan in 2002 and 2011 and the Crown Prince’s trip to Germany in 2006 to attend the FIFA World Cup, have helped intensify relations between the two countries.
Bilateral trade reached an all-time high in 2011, at approximately EUR 346 million. In 2015, it stood at EUR 151 million, with German exports to Brunei accounting for EUR 150 million of this figure. German involvement in the Sultanate’s principal economic activity – oil and gas production – is indirect, through scientists and engineers. Germany’s main direct exports to Brunei are finished engineering products such as motor vehicles, electrical goods and machinery.
Since the summer of 2008, the Sultanate has been sending government-supported students to study in Germany (there are currently 20 of them enrolled at German universities). Brunei’s government currently offers graduate scholarships to young Germans, too, enabling them to study at universities in Brunei. At present, there are three German lecturers at the University Brunei Darussalam, teaching mathematics, biology and history.