Brunei is keen to break its dependency on oil and gas and to diversify into other sectors, including textiles, said Dato Ahmad Bukhari, chief executive officer of the first International Islamic Expo 2001, which is due to be held from August 1 to 14 at Brunei Drassalam. Businessmen in Brunei are particularly keen to enter into joint ventures with their Pakistani counterparts in the textile export sector to quota-restricted countries such as the USA. Bukhari stressed the need for fostering closer links between the business communities of both countries. He said Pakistani businessmen could benefit from Brunei's textile quotas.