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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, yesterday afternoon watched the 26th Brunei Age Group Swimming Championship. The championship takes place at the National Swimming Pool of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

Also in attendance were the sons and daughter of His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim; Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman. 

In the championship, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim, represented ISB Hammerheads won third place in the 50-metre backstroke. Yang Teramat Mulia recorded his personal best in the category with 48.55 seconds. 

Meanwhile, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah, also representing ISB Hammerheads created the fastest record of 59.63 seconds in 50-metre backstroke girls category. Yang Teramat Mulia also emerged as the best for the 7-year-old girls age group.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince presented the medal to Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah. The 3-day championship was organised by the Brunei Amateur Swimming Association and supported by the Youth and Sports Department.

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam officially launched the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, HBT, for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018, a short while ago. The ceremony took place at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Berakas.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam as the Advisor of the Executive Committee of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, HBT, for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018. Also present to greet His Majesty's arrival was Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports as well as members of the Executive Committee.

Soon after arrival, His Majesty received junjung ziarah from sponsors.

Also present were His Majesty's sons and brothers, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah as well as members of the Royal family.

His Majesty then declared the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018 officially opened. 

The opening ceremony was enlivened with firework display and Human LED performance.

His Majesty was then introduced to the team managers, coaches and team captains. Seven countries are taking part in the tournament. Group 'A' comprises teams from Brunei Darussalam, Timor Leste, Myanmar and Thailand; while Group 'B' are Lao PDR, Singapore and Cambodia. His Majesty also presented souvenirs to team managers of the participating nations.

His Majesty then received a pasambah from the HBT 2018 Organising Committee.

The Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy Football Tournament is jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam, NFABD. The tournament aims to uphold the Titah of His Majesty to involve the best teams in the ASEAN Region to compete in the ASEAN or South East Asian Football league.

The Official Launching Ceremony was followed by a Group A match between Host, Brunei Darussalam in yellow jerseys and Timor Leste. Currently, the score stands at Brunei Darussalam 0, Timor Leste 1.

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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam left the United Kingdom after attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which was held for three days from 18th April 2018.

Prior to leaving His Majesty's residence, Doa Selamat was recited by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr.) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, today received three separate goodwill visits from His Excellency Mehmet Suat Akgun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Brunei Darussalam; Her Excellency Yang Jian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam; and His Excellency Cho Won-myung, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam.

During the first visit, Yang Berhormat the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and His Excellency Mehmet Suat Akgun discussed bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on various issues including in the fields of security, technology and economy.

Meanwhile in the other two visits, Yang Berhormat the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office discussed separately with Her Excellency Yang Jian; and His Excellency Cho Won-myung, bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on various issues including in the fields of security, technology, development and economy.

Brunei Darussalam established bilateral relations with the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Korea respectively in 1984, whereas bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and the People’s Republic of China was established in 1991.

The meetings were held at the Office of the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister’s Office Building.
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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, today received a goodwill visit from Mr. David Holliday, the Chief Executive Officer of Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru).

The meeting was held at the Office of the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister’s Office Building.

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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, this afternoon received two separate goodwill visits from His Excellency Motohiko Kato, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Brunei Darussalam; and His Excellency Lim Hong Huai, High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to Brunei Darussalam.

During the first visit, Yang Berhormat the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and His Excellency the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Brunei Darussalam discussed bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on issues including in the fields of security, economy, education, communications and sports.

In a separate visit, Yang Berhormat the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and His Excellency the High Commissioner of the Republic to Singapore to Brunei Darussalam discussed bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, investment, public service issue and opportunities for exercise for public service officials.

Present during the visit from His Excellency the High Commissioner of the Republic to Singapore to Brunei Darussalam was Yang Mulia Datin Dayang Hajah Elinda binti Haji C.A. Mohammad, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Brunei Darussalam established bilateral relations with Japan and the Republic of Singapore respectively in 1984. Both meetings were held at the Office of the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister’s Office Building.
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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, this afternoon received a goodwill visit from Her Excellency Caterina Ventura, the High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam.

During the goodwill visit, Yang Berhormat the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Excellency the High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam discussed bilateral cooperation in various fields including security, technology, economy, and education. Brunei Darussalam and Canada established bilateral relations since 1984.

 Present during the goodwill visit was Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Pengiran Haji Muhammad Sazali bin Pengiran Haji Yakob, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Officer and Director of the Internal Security Department.

The meeting was held at the Office of the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister’s Office Building.

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People who wish to attain a righteous life in the world should have a goal. The goal cannot be achieved without determination to succeed and the determination itself is the intention that influences every action taken by a person. The matter was shared in the Tazkirah Subuh or dawn talk titled "Kekuatan Nawaitu" or The Power Of Intention in the "Masjid Makmur, Negara Berkat" held at the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital yesterday morning. 

The session was attended by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud; Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar; the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof; the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Awang Roslan bin Haji Taja'ah; the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Awang Haji Mohd Serudin bin Haji Timbang; the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Religion) at the Ministry of Religious Affairs. 'Masjid Makmur, Negara Berkat' literally means, 'An Active Mosque, A Blessed Nation," signifying when people gather in a mosque and enliven it with religious activities, the nation will benefit and reap the blessings of Allah the Almighty.

 

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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, last night watched the Brunei DPMM FC beat Home United in a Singapore Premier League duel. The match took place at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

Also present were His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah as well as other members of the royal family. Brunei DPMM FC in black took full advantage of playing on home turf by beating Home United 4-2. Brunei DPMM FC scored its opening goal in the 15th minute through Volodymyr Pryiomov. A few minutes later, Abd Aziz Tamit added another goal for Brunei DPMM FC.

Volodymyr Pryiomov's free-kick in the 54th minute changed the position to 3-nil. Brunei DPMM FC strengthened its position with its 4th goal through Mojtaba Mollasaraei in the 71st minute. Home United scored its first goal in the 77th minute through Sirina Camara. Shahril Ishak doubled the score for Home United during the injury time. The 4-2 score stood until the final whistle.

 

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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office today received a courtesy call from His Excellency Richard Stephen Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.

During the courtesy call, Yang Berhormat the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and His Excellency the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam discussed on bilateral cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and the United Kingdom including in the field of security.

Present during the meeting was Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Pengiran Haji Muhammad Sazali bin Pengiran Haji Yakob, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Officer and Director of Internal Security Department.

The meeting was held at the Office of the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister’s Office Building.
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The Public Service Department at the Prime Minister's Office hereby announces that His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, has consented for Yang Mulia Dayang Hajah Rosni binti Haji Jair, Principal Pharmaceutical Chemist at the Ministry of Health to be appointed as the Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Ministry of Health. The date of the said appointment of the said officer is effective from the 13th of March 2018.

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To strengthen the country's socio-economic stability, the government requires solid support from its citizens and residents. According to the Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office, this is in line with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's titah during the opening of the First meeting of the 14th Session of the Legislative Council for this year that highlighted the nation must consolidate its resources towards the growth of the Gross Domestic Product or GDP. Awang Mohamed Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohamed Yunos was speaking during the Retirement Certificate Presentation Ceremony for the year 2015 to 2017 of the Prime Minister's Office and its departments, yesterday afternoon. Awang Mohamed Reza who is also the Chairman of the event said, the function was a show of appreciation to the retired officers and staff for their service and contribution towards efficient government services including upholding the initiative towards Wawasan Brunei 2035.

He hoped that the retiree's experience and knowledge can be shared to the public. Their contribution will help in shaping a new generation of authoritative and quality leaders, and assist future generation to be more independent and competitive.

382 retirees received their certificates and token of appreciation handed over by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. Also present was Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohd Jammy bin Haji Muhd Shah Al-Islam, The Commissioner of Police. The ceremony was held in honour of the officers and personnel who had devoted their time and energy throughout their tenure in the public service, especially for the Prime Minister's Office and its departments.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a congratulatory message to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt on his re-election as the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

In the message to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, His Majesty wished His Excellency much success in his new term and look forward to continue working with His Excellency to strengthen the bilateral relations and cooperation in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). In ending the message, His Majesty prayed to Allah Subhaanahu Wata'ala for His Excellency's continued good health and happiness and the people of the Arab Republic of Egypt with peace and prosperity. 


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Mosques are the houses of Allah and performing religious acts at the mosque as well mass prayers bring more benefits and a multitude of rewards in comparison to praying on one's own. This was among the matters highlighted in the Tazkirah Subuh or Dawn Talk titled "Berkat Di Awal Pagi" or blessings in the early morning during the 'Masjidku Makmur, Negara Berkat' programme at the Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the Capital.

Among those present was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. The talk delivered by Pengiran Abdul Basit bin Pengiran Haji Zaini, a certified Da'ie from the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) among other matters touched on the opportunity provided to the Bandarku Ceria visitors in starting the day by gaining blessings through joining mass fardhu prayers and other religious activities. Also present were Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs; Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs; and Awang Roslan bin Haji Taja'ah, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Administration and Finance at the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Also taking part in the programme were the Brunei Islamic Religious Council, Islamic Dakwah Centre, Haj Management Department and the International and MABIMS Division, Ministry of Religious Affairs.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a message of condolences to His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, following the fire incident at a shopping mall in the Russian city of Kemerovo.

In the message, His Majesty was saddened to learn the loss of life and injuries caused by the incident. His Majesty, as well as the Government and the people of Brunei Darussalam, wished to convey their deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Russian Federation, especially to the bereaved families of this unfortunate tragedy. His Majesty ended the message by extending his great sympathy.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, has attended the Graduation Ceremony of His Majesty's Son, His Royal Highness Captain Prince 'Abdul Mateen for Single Engine Rotary Wing Series 191 Course. The ceremony was held at the RAF Shawbury, United Kingdom. Accompanying His Majesty were His Royal Highness Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim; Her Royal Highness Princess 'Azemah Ni'matul Bolkiah; and Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah. His Majesty's arrival at the RAF Shawbury was welcomed by Sir Algernon Heber Percy, Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire; Air Marshal Sean Reynolds, Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability; Air Vice-Marshal Warren James, Air Officer Commanding 22 Group; Air Commodore David Bentley, Director of Flying Training; and Group Captain R S Norris, Station Commander RAF Shawbury. Upon arrival, His Majesty proceeded to the lobby of the Officers' Mess of the RAF Shawbury to sign the guestbook. His Majesty was then invited to the Library Room for light refreshments followed by a briefing about the Graduation Ceremony from Captain R.S. Norris, Station Commander RAF Shawbury. His Majesty later proceeded to Hangar 2 for the Certificate and RAF Wing Badge Presentation Ceremony.

The ceremony began with His Majesty receiving the Salute from the Static Guard of Honour and Colour Guard. His Majesty was subsequently invited to inspect the Static Guards and Colour Guard. It was followed by a welcoming speech by Group Captain R. S. Norris, Station Commander RAF Shawbury. The ceremony continued with a recital of Doa for the presentation of the RAF Wing Badges.

His Majesty then presented the RAF Wing Badge and Certificate to His Royal Highness Captain Prince 'Abdul Mateen. His Majesty also presented Certificates and RAF Wing Badges to the course participants which consisted of 6 Single Engine Rotary Wing participants including His Royal Highness Captain Prince 'Abdul Mateen; 2 Joint Aircrewmen; 8 Multi Engine Rotary Wing Series 167 participants; and 11 Multi Engine Rotary Wing Series 169 participants. The Ceremony continued with a speech by Air Vice-Marshal Warren James, Air Officer Commanding 22 Group. His Majesty was then invited to view the exhibition of latest helicopter models which will be used for the next course series as well as a flypast demonstration. Before leaving the ceremony, His Majesty joined His Royal Highness Captain Prince 'Abdul Mateen and other course participants for a group photo.

At midday, His Majesty was invited to the Dining Hall of the Officers' Mess of the RAF Shawbury to attend a Luncheon. Prior to that, course participants and families had the opportunity to interact with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at the Ante Room, Officers' Mess of the RAF Shawbury. The event began with a welcoming speech by Wing Commander Holly Steel, Commanding Officer of the Defence Helicopter Flying School.

During the luncheon, officers and attendees offered a toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; and to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, followed by the National Anthems of both - the United Kingdom and Brunei Darussalam.

Afterwards, His Majesty presented awards to the best course participants. His Majesty, as the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, also presented the Ministry of Defence plaque to Group Captain R. S. Norris, Station Commander RAF Shawbury. The luncheon concluded with a speech by Air Marshal Sean Reynolds, Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a congratulatory message to His Excellency U Win Myint, following his appointment as President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

In the message to His Excellency U Win Myint, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, His Majesty stated that Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar have enjoyed warm and friendly relations and delighted that both countries will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations in September this year. Furthermore, His Majesty looked forward to renewed opportunities in reaffirming the personal friendship as well as the long-standing ties so happily enjoyed by the peoples of the countries. In ending the message, His Majesty extended his best wishes to His Excellency for success in his new post and looked forward to the pleasure of meeting His Excellency in the near future.


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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam, NFABD as Advisor of the Executive Committee of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for ASEAN Youth Football Championship 2018 yesterday morning attended the second HBT 2018 Executive Committee meeting. The meeting was held at the Conference Room of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

The meeting began with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat led by Yang Dimuliakan Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Awang Haji Suhaili bin Haji Metali Al-Hafiz. 

Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, in his welcoming address, among others shared about the preparations which are actively being carried out as well as the concerted support from the committee in ensuring the tournament runs smoothly.

The meeting, which was chaired by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, among others discussed reports on the latest developments from the HBT 2018 Working Committees. The meeting was also attended by Datin Paduka Doctor Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Acting Minister of Education and Datin Dayang Hajah Elinda binti C.A Mohamed, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office. In this year's championship, Brunei Darussalam as the host country is placed in Group A together with Thailand, Myanmar and Timor Leste, while Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Singapore make up the teams in Group B. The championship's opening ceremony, which will take place on the 23rd of next month at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas, will see Brunei Darussalam take on Timor Leste. The championship will be held until the 5th of May 2018.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence, and the Supreme Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF, received in audience His Excellency General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan Army, who is in the country for a three-day official introductory visit. The visit aimed to further enhance defence cooperation between the two Armed Forces. The audience ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman. 

Accompanying His Excellency were His Excellency Retired Major General Tariq Rashid Khan, High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Brunei Darussalam; and Commodore Jawad Ahmed TI, Defence Adviser of Islamic Republic of Pakistan accredited to Brunei Darussalam. Also present were Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Second Minister of Defence; and Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Both armed forces have enhance personal development and professionalism through a secondment programme of Pakistan military medical officers to the RBAF.

In another section of Istana Nurul Iman, Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam received in audience Mrs. Ayesha Bajwa, the spouse of the Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan Army. Accompanying Mrs. Ayesha Bajwa were Mrs. Saffana Tariq, the Spouse of the High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Brunei Darussalam; Mrs. Awatif Jawad, the Spouse of the Defence Adviser of Islamic Republic of Pakistan accredited to Brunei Darussalam; and Datin Dayang Hajah Rasidah binti Haji Brahim, the Spouse of the Commander of the RBAF.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send congratulatory messages to His Excellency Md. Abdul Hamid, President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, the Government as well as the people of the People's Republic of Bangladesh on the Occasion of its Independence Day.

In the message to the His Excellency Md. Abdul Hamid, President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, His Majesty expressed his great satisfaction for the close friendship and invaluable cooperation between the two countries and looked forward to strengthening these long-standing ties in the years ahead.

In the similar message to Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, His Majesty expressed his great appreciation for the friendly relations that Brunei Darussalam and the People's Republic of Bangladesh shared and looked forward to continue enhancing the bilateral ties and as partners in the organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Non-Aligned Movement. Furthermore, His Majesty also wished the government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh all the best for its preparation for the 45th Session of the Council of Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation this May.

In ending the messages, His Majesty sent his kindest regards and very best wishes for a happy celebration to His Excellency Md. Abdul Hamid, President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.


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Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME's account for over 97 percent of all enterprises in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies, and 20 to 50 percent of the Gross Domestic Product across the region. However, it is not proportionate to the direct exports contributed by MSME export performance and for them to take advantage of the growth potential from exporting and through trade liberalisation. Hence, they must continue the efforts, and take bold steps in transforming their business landscape into an avenue that is truly conducive and enable their business to grow and expand, particularly in encouraging their participation in the global value chain. This was among the matters highlighted by Awang Haji Kamaludin bin Haji Bungsu, the Permanent Secretary for Manpower and SHENA at the Energy and Industry Department, at the opening of the 46th APEC SME Working Group Meeting (APEC SMEWG), yesterday morning at the International Convention Centre in Berakas.

According to Awang Haji Kamaludin, as MSMEs take a centre stage in our economic development agenda, it has become more apparent and evident that department's works must lead towards ensuring that all spectrums of MSME development are being taken into account, and their issues are addressed within the department's development initiatives. He added that with the ever-growing global market opportunities and fast-increasing competition it is crucial that innovation and productivity are spurred among the MSMEs, digital capability and connectivity is enhanced through robust infrastructure, and policy, as well as regulatory framework, is conducive. Apart from that, access to international market should also be widened and made easy through elimination of trade barriers, access to funding platforms is expanded and capacity development is strengthened to allow for greater competitiveness and resilience of the MSMEs take part in the global value chain.

The meeting discussed the latest status and progress of regional projects in MSME's development in alignment with APEC SMEWG strategic action plan 2012-2020. The action plan includes focus on important pillars such as entrepreneurship; innovation and the internet and digital economy; financing for business expansion and capability development; inclusive business ecosystem that supports SME growth and market access for MSME's. The meeting is chaired by Nguyen Hoa Guong, Deputy Director General of the Agency for Enterprise Development from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam. The 2-day meeting is jointly organised by the Energy and Industry Department and Darussalam Enterprise DARe. 


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The society is reminded to always be grateful towards all the blessings bestowed by Allah the Almighty, especially on health. Among the ways to show appreciation is by maintaining good health, and by consuming healthy and nutritious food, as well carrying out sports and activities as advised by Islam. This was among the content of the Tazkirah Subuh or Dawn Talk titled 'Riadah Sebagai Satu Sunnah' during the 'Masjidku Makmur, Negara Berkat' programme at the Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital.

Among those present were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office; and Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd. Yussof, Second Minister of Defence. The tazkirah was delivered by Major Ariffin bin Amit @ Hamid, Assistant Head of Religion, Administration and Operation Department, Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Also present were Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces; Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs; and Awang Roslan bin Haji Taja'ah, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Administration and Finance at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien,  Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send congratulatory messages to His Excellency Mamnoon Hussain, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and His Excellency Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Government as well as the people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the occasion of Pakistan Day.

In the message to His Excellency Mamnoon Hussain, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, His Majesty expressed his great appreciation for the long-standing and valuable relations between the two countries and looked forward to opportunities to strengthen these ties and friendship and cooperation in the coming years.

In a similar message to His Excellency Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, His Majesty expressed his great satisfaction his great satisfaction for the friendly relations shared by both countries and looked forward to continue working with His Excellency to strengthen the bilateral cooperation and partnership in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Non-Aligned Movement.

In ending both messages, His Majesty sent his kind regards to His Excellency Mamnoon Hussain, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and His Excellency Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday afternoon received in audience His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al Busaidi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman who is on a two-day visit to the country. The Audience Ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.

During the Audience Ceremony, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al Busaidi discussed bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and the Sultanate of Oman, as well as exchanged views on regional and international matters. Accompanying His Excellency Sayyid Badr was His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashil Al Maskari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam. Also present was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


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The Prime Minister's Office will always be ready to tackle more added value suggestion on ways to improve the government productivity and generate the economic growth including initiatives to enrich the country's revenue. Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Di-Raja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa bin Pehin Datu Perdana Manteri Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Ibrahim, Special Advisor to His Majesty and Minister at the Prime Minister's Office underlined the matter in deliberating the adjournment speech of the Legislative Council yesterday morning.

Yang Berhormat Pehin in his speech expressed appreciation on the role of the 13 members of the Yang Berhormat who have presented about 40 issues related to the Prime Minister's Office. Their sincere ideas are certainly needed in assisting the government in general and the Prime Minister's Office in particular, specifically in further improving the quality of services. Suggestions and responses from members of the Yang Berhormat, will be made as value added and inputs with revision of policies and strategies implemented by the government particularly the Prime Minister's Office based on priority and requirement. Yang Berhormat Pehin went on to say that members of the Legislative Council must continuously work together in upholding the leadership of our beloved Monarch. The ruler who is caring and prioritise the welfare and well-being of the people and residents with the Whole of Nation Approach. Yang Berhormat Pehin said, as the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam, whether as individual, society, civil servant or private employees as well as others, we must respond to the government's call to develop the nation with our own roles and capabilities respectively.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a message of congratulations to His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, following His Excellency's victory in the recent presidential elections.

In the message, His Majesty expressed his warmest congratulations to His Excellency Vladimir Putin upon his recent victory in the presidential elections and wished His Excellency continued success in his new term of office. Furthermore, His Majesty looked forward to strengthening further the much-valued ties and to deepening the interaction in the many areas of mutual interest, both bilaterally and internationally. His Majesty ended the message by extending his kindest regards and best wishes to His Excellency Vladimir Putin. 


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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a congratulatory message to His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China on His Excellency's re-appointment as Premier of the People's Republic of China.

In the message to His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council People's Republic of China, His Majesty expressed his great satisfaction that Brunei Darussalam and China have continued to enjoy warm and close bilateral ties, underpinned by multi-faceted cooperation in different sectors. The breadth of the relationship is evident through the active economic activities and people linkages. His Majesty further stated that as a much-valued friend and partner in ASEAN, Brunei Darussalam looks forward to further developing the important strategic cooperative relationship for the mutual benefit of both countries and people.

In ending the message, His Majesty conveys his kind regards and best wishes for His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China's continued good health and success.


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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a congratulatory message to His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China on his reappointment as President of the People's Republic of China.

In the message to His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, His Majesty conveyed that under His Excellency's able leadership, China has continued to achieve major strides, particularly the rapid and steady pace of economic development. The attainment of China's vision as a great and modern socialist country will create a more harmonious and prosperous society. On the international front, China has also contributed to the maintenance of global peace, prosperity and development and wishes China much success as a leading strategic and responsible major power.

Furthermore, His Majesty sees China as an important partner and engagement between Brunei Darussalam and China is characterized by goodwill and respect across all levels of society. Strategic cooperative relationship between Brunei Darussalam and China has strengthened over the years with bilateral ties encompassing various important fields. His Majesty valued China's steadfast support in enhancing people-to-people linkages and the transfer of knowledge. In ending the message, His Majesty conveys his kind regards and best wishes for His Excellency continued good health and success.


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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Deputy Sultan, yesterday morning graced the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) Building at Jalan Menteri Besar in Kampung Melabau, Mukim Kianggeh. AMBD was established as a statutory body in 2011 and acts as the central bank of Brunei Darussalam. The headquarters is currently situated at the Ministry of Finance building in Commonwealth Drive.

Upon arrival at the project site, His Royal Highness was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Home Affairs as the Deputy Chairman of AMBD's Board of Directors; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Awang Yusof bin Haji Abd Rahman, the Managing Director of AMBD.

The ceremony commenced with the recitation of surah al-fatihah and doa selamat led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar.

The Minister of Home Affairs in his welcoming speech among other things said the construction of the building will be carried out via the issuance of 'Sukuk' or Islamic Financial Certificate or Bonds based on infrastructure financing and shariah compliance. This is a significant initiative to develop the country's financial market, particularly in Islamic Finance. It is hoped that the issuance can act as a catalyst for a more innovative 'Sukuk' issuance for domestic projects in the future.

His Royal Highness then consented to officiate the foundation laying of the AMBD building, then proceeded to sign the commemorative plaque, and received a pasambah.

His Royal Highness then proceeded to view the AMBD building construction project exhibition. The project will include the construction of the main building, a currency gallery and a multi-purpose hall. With its 'modern classical' concept, the building design also features a strong Islamic identity and maintains the national heritage with a motif that symbolises the country's sovereignty as an Islamic Malay Monarchy. The appointed Leading Architect, OWMP International architect firm cooperated with several local consultants towards providing the AMBD building design.

The design or dimension and building layout are aligned with the future requirement and development of AMBD in tackling the increasingly challenging complex and dynamic global issues. The approximately 22,000 square metres building complex is located on a 16-acre site. The groundwork for the building site commenced in November 2017 and the construction of the main building is expected to be completed by early 2020. Before leaving the ceremony, His Royal Highness was invited for a Breakfast.

 

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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has safely arrived in Sydney, Australia yesterday afternoon. The two-day ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018 will begin tomorrow.

Present at the Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport to welcome His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam were Mr Mark Fraser LVO OAM, Official Secretary of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia as Representative of the Governor-General; The Honourable James McGrath MP, Assistant Minister for Immigration as Representative of The Honourable Prime Minister of Australia; The Honourable Matt Kean MP, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation as Representative of the Premier of New South Wales; and Her Excellency Nicola Rosenblum, High Commissioner of Australia to Brunei Darussalam. Also present to greet His Majesty were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd. Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and His Excellency Awang Haji Zakaria bin Haji Ahmad; High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Australia. His Majesty then boarded a motorcade towards a renowned hotel in Sydney where His Majesty will reside throughout the duration of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018.


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