HM proposes US-ASEAN internship programme

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HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday proposed a new internship programme between the United States and ASEAN to promote innovation and the digital economy.

The monarch put forward the suggestion during the economic retreat at the Special US-ASEAN Leaders Summit in Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage.

His Majesty said the internship programme would enable various American companies to share their best practices with the 10-nation grouping as a way to spur economic growth through increased cooperation, a key priority in the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.

The move would also contribute towards human resource development for US and ASEAN member states. Noting the role of technological advancements in facilitating global business operations, the Sultan highlighted the importance of promoting greater use of technology and the digital economy to stay competitive. In the titah, His Majesty said he was pleased over the US’s continued emphasis on strengthening its engagement with ASEAN.

The monarch also spoke of the need for US and Southeast Asian countries to discuss cooperation in addressing challenges faced by the global economy, such as declining global oil prices and volatilities in financial markets.

Later, His Majesty attended a working dinner where the leaders called for stronger ASEAN-US relations to promote regional peace, stability and prosperity.

They held strategic discussions on the Asia-Pacific including the US engagement and support of the ASEAN Community as well as upholding ASEAN Centrality and ASEAN-led mechanisms in the evolving regional architecture. The leaders also exchanged views on ways to tackle shared challenges to regional peace and stability.

His Majesty’s arrival at Sunnylands that evening was greeted by US Chief of Protocol Ambassador Peter Selfridge. The leaders were feted to a reception prior to the working dinner.

The Brunei Times