French Embassy celebrates Bastille Day
THE Embassy of France celebrated its National Day, also known as Bastille Day, with a reception at The Empire Hotel and Country Club last night.
French Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam His Excellency Louis Le Vert conveyed a message of commitment from the French companies present in Brunei, to the laudable goal of fostering economic capacities between France and Brunei in his welcoming remarks.
"The French firms which operate in Brunei are fully aware of the long-term needs of the country, and they wish to be 'good citizens' in their host country," he said, adding that French multi-national companies and those with French roots, were no exception to this.
He described them as an "excellent vehicle for the transfer of know-how... and of knowledge, to the countries where they operate".
French companies in the Sultanate are "absolutely committed to achieve this" in Brunei he added, citing the training of specialists and employment in countries other than Brunei, as ways to contribute to the long-term development of the local economy.
Le Vert also highlighted the recent awarding of higher education scholarships to five Bruneians for the "Total Education Scholarship Scheme", who will be heading off to France in September to begin their petroleum-related degrees at top French varsities.
The ambassador also thanked the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar for his assistance in the selection process of the five awardees saying they were "certainly the most able to take advantage of (France's) higher education system".
Le Vert also mentioned in his speech that the two countries had developed a fruitful exchange of knowledge and experience with other South-east Asian countries, in the field of law enforcement and police activities.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin, was also accompanied by his wife Datin Dayang Hjh Noryasimah Abdullah.
The French National Day falls on July 14. For video footage of the event, log on to www.bt.com.bn.
The Brunei Times