Brunei-Korea friendship group aims to boost membership

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Brunei-Korea Association of Friendship (BKAF) is looking to bolster its membership levels to better promote its activites.

BKAF President Dr Hj Kamaruddin Dato Seri Paduka Hj Talib said that currently they have up to 40 members but are looking for more to take advantage of its networking potential.

“We have small numbers but we would like to grow and we are banking on young Bruneians’ strong interest in Korean music, films and culture to increase our appeal to prospective members,” he said.

“We are always looking for new members to join us — especially young people — because we now have a lot of university students on board after the Korean culture clubs of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei joined us recently who have a lot of ideas for activities and promotional activities for the year,” he said.

He also encouraged students who have lived and studied in South Korea to keep their links to the East Asian country alive through membership at BKAF.

“I would recommend also to those UBD students who have been to Korea for six months to a year during their exchange programme to join us in order to keep their links with the country alive as well as a way to share the experience and knowledge they have gained while they were living there,” he said.

Dr Hj Kamaruddin, who is also the head of both the Malay and National Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said BKAF offers trade opportunities and that they will be sending a delegation of its members to South Korea in due time.

“We have received business delegations from South Korea several times, the last of which occurred earlier this year when our Korean counterparts and from there, the president of the Korea-Brunei Friendship Association agreed to be involved in two joint ventures,” he said.

“They are now waiting for a return visit from us so hopefully that can be done in the future when we get everything arranged for a group of us to explore business opportunities over there which might lead to some potential deals for our members involved,” he said.

BKAF was formed in 2004 under its first president Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Alimin Hj Abdul Wahab with the support of the Korean embassy in Brunei to promote friendship and interaction on the social and cultural aspects of the relationship while also helping to foster tourism, trade and academic and cultural exchange between the countries.

Members of the public interested to obtain membership in the friendship association may direct their enquiries to BKAF’s email address bruneikoreaaf@yahoo.com, to the president at kdtdeano@gmail.com or by contacting the association’s secretary at 8905678.

The Brunei Times