British High Commission hosts Queen’s birthday in Brunei

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE British High Commissioner yesterday commended Brunei’s recent efforts in upgrading the Ease of Doing Business index of the country and also revealed that the new UK Trade Envoy to Brunei will be visiting Brunei in the near future.

In his opening remarks at the British High Commission’s celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, David Campbell said that the past year has been a special one for relations between the two countries.

“In challenging times for the economy, we congratulate Brunei on the measures it has taken so far in order to promote ease of doing business in the country,” he said.

“The (British) Prime Minister David Cameron has recently also appointed Mark Garnier, Member of Parliament, as the new trade envoy to Brunei and we look forward to Garnier’s first visit to this country shortly,” he said.

Brunei has taken a raft of measures aimed at improving their standing in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index, primary among which was the setting-up of Darussalam Enterprises, a statutory body that was established with the mandate to develop local enterprises.

Brunei was ranked 84th out of 189 countries worldwide in the World Bank’s 2016 Ease of Doing Business index, a jump of 21 places from 2015 when Brunei placed 105th on the index.

The British high commissioner also said that education played a major role in the relations between both countries.

“Education has been a constant in the relationship between the UK and Brunei with hundreds of Bruneians studying in the UK each year and British teachers, educationalists and other professionals contributing to Brunei’s educational system,” he said.

“We have a special bond with Bruneians who have studied in the UK, especially with the Chevening scholars, and are delighted to announce that the series of public lectures and discussions aimed at young Bruneians organised by the Chevening Alumni Brunei will continue its programme this year,” he said.

The celebrations yesterday night was held at the theatre of the Empire Hotel and Country Club with the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof and his spouse, Datin Hjh Kalshom Hj Suhaili in attendance as the guests of honour.

The celebrations also commemorated the 400th anniversary of the death of the British playwright, William Shakespeare, where performances on famous Shakespearean plays were given by students of the Jerudong International School last night.

Also in attendance was the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah along with other senior public officials, military officer and diplomats.

The Brunei Times