Farewell reception for outgoing envoy

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE outgoing Ambassador of Vietnam to Brunei Darussalam Nguyen Truong Giang expressed hope that the volume of bilateral trade between his country and Brunei Darussalam will increase in the years to come.

“The cooperation in the trade sector is good, but I think we may increase (the volume) more,” said Ambassador Giang on the sidelines of a farewell luncheon organised by the diplomatic corps at The Rizqun International Hotel yesterday.

Last year’s two-way trade turnover reached about US$74 million, which the ambassador described as a big jump from only about US$4.3 million before 2010.

“It was only a few million dollars before 2010, but it then jumped to several hundred million dollars recently,” he said. A previous report stated that in 2011, the two-way trade turnover stood at more than US$200 million.

The cooperation between both countries have been enhanced, particularly in the areas of labour, education, culture and defence.

In the defence cooperation, he said that regular contact and the exchange of visits by senior officials from both countries have also been implemented.

Meanwhile, in the area of agriculture, Vietnam is keen on providing assistance to Brunei in its efforts to increase rice production.

In his speech during the opening ceremony, the outgoing envoy extended his appreciation to his colleagues for the friendship and cooperation during his tour of duty for more than four years here. “You will be in my memory forever and I wish you and your family happiness and success,” he said.

Upon completion of his ambassadorial post in the sultanate, he will soon return to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi.

Qatar’s Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Saleh Mohammed Al-Nesef, who is also Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, expressed not only his farewell wishes on behalf of all the foreign envoys but also hoped the best for the outgoing commissioner’s health and future endeavours.

At the event, the foreign envoys also took the opportunity to welcome their new colleague namely Australia’s High Commissioner-designate Nicola Rosenblum.

The Brunei Times