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Cablegate: Brunei - Bfif Fy08 Fund Cite - Outcome and Expenditure

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DE RUEHBD #0176 1580610
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FM AMEMBASSY BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4265
INFO RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE 3415

UNCLAS BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN 000176

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR EB/CBA (DAWINSTEAD) AND EB/EX (GGRAY)

SINGAPORE FOR DANIEL THOMPSON
KUALA LUMPUR FOR DAVID COTTRELL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ABUD BEXP BTIO EINV ETRD AFIN BX
SUBJECT: BRUNEI - BFIF FY08 FUND CITE - OUTCOME AND EXPENDITURE
REPORT AT
A) FOOD AND HOTEL ASIA (FHA) 2008
B) CLIENT TRACKING SYSTEM (CTS) TRAINING

REF: STATE 42436

1. As per reftel, the following is the outcome and expenditure
report for post's participation at the following events in Singapore
22 - 29:

Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) 2008, April 22-25, 2008
--------------------------------------------- ----
Post's Commercial Assistant, Josephine Chan, introduced the Brunei
market to US food equipment and food service exhibitors at the
USCS-led US Pavilion, as well as food manufacturers and producers at
the USDA-led US pavilions.

CA Chan attended to three showtime meetings with food service
companies, counselling them on market conditions in Brunei.
Although the hotel and hospitality market is limited, there may be a
niche retail market for high quality items, including glassware and
cutlery. CA Chan is actively following up on a GKS/SCP prospect as
an outcome of the counselling.

CA Chan also briefed food exhibitors on market entry conditions in
Brunei, including halal food issues at the USDA exhibitor briefing
on April 23. Although the Brunei halal regulations pose an
impediment to the entry of US fresh and frozen meat and poultry
products, the market remains open for other US food products. CA
Chan will continue to work closely with regional USDA officials to
closely monitor the halal issues in Brunei, and to encourage US food
exporters to look at Brunei.

Client Tracking System (CTS) training, April 28-29
--------------------------------------------- -----
CA Chan joined FCS partner post for Client Tracking System (CTS)
training, April 28-29. CA Chan learnt the new features and tools of
CTS, to effectively manage commercial client information and
services. Post is ready to use web-based CTS when available at
post, under Commercial Service - State MOU.

Expenditure
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Budget: USD3,345.00
Total Expenditure: USD3,044.89

Breakdown:
----------
Airfare: USD 392.49
Lodging: USD1,560.09
M&IE: USD1,020.00
Transport: USD 72.31

2. Post will fax documents to EB/ED - Gale Gray.

FRIEDMAN

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