Land Optimisation Study for Commercial and Industrial Use (2012)

This study was funded by Brunei Research Council and in collaboration with the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE), Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Development. It provided high-level strategies to optimize industrial and commercial land use to drive economic diversification using the guiding principles of balanced and sustainable development in Brunei Darussalam.

This is the first and only nationwide quantification of the availability of Greenfield land and its possible optimisation. The key findings are:

  1. There is adequate green land for economic development while preserving the Heart of Borneo (813 sq km). Based on growth objectives of 6% per annum GDP growth, it is projected by the study that Brunei Darussalam only requires 70 sq km by 2035.
  2. There is high potential of a new economic cluster on Creative Industries: This is in line with Brunei Darussalam’s aim to drive economic growth through innovation and a knowledge-driven society. The study recommends the development of a Brunei Creative and Knowledge Based Industry Precinct (B-KIP) around the Agrotech Park and UBD/ITB areas.
  3. The study identified 8 development zones with available land mass:
    • Telisai Energy Park Southern Precinct
    • Panaga¬†/Mumong
    • Tutong
    • Anduki / Sungai Liang
    • Brunei Creative and Knowledge Based Industry Precinct (B-KIP)
    • Telisai Energy Park (Northern Precinct)
    • Brunei Aerotech Precinct

The Ministry of Development and other relevant stakeholders (eg. Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB)) have applied the findings for their policies and programmes.

A CSPS forum on Land Optimization Strategy for Industrial and Commercial Growth in Brunei Darussalam was held in Oct 2011. This study has been published as a CSPS Report in 2013.