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Brunei Darussalam: Boosting Connections

The Oxford Business Group reported the following update on Brunei on 25th August 2014:

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Economic Update
Boosting connections in Brunei Darussalam 

Brunei Darussalam | 25 Aug 2014

In the run-up to ASEAN Economic Community integration in 2015, Brunei Darussalam is ramping up transport developments, chasing new opportunities and re-establishing past connections. With the potential for a boost in inter-ASEAN travel, the Sultanate is working to position itself as an intermediary for business and leisure travellers.

Isolated by the sea, Brunei Darussalam is cut off from access to both the Trans-Asian Railway and the ASEAN Highway Networks, which is spurring the authorities to improve air and maritime connectivity, externally, while expanding internal road connections. In its “Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14”, the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked Brunei Darussalam 49th out of 148 countries for the standard of its seaports, jumping eight places year-on-year, and 55th in terms of the c…

Hari Raya at Prime Minister's Office 2014

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN


Saturday, August 23, 2014


DESPITE Syawal coming to an end, Hari Raya Aidilfitri gatherings continue to enliven the festive mood across the country.

Among the celebrations held yesterday was a Ramah Mesra (meet and greet) at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), attended by the Second Minister of Finance Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim and spouse.

Present at the event were Deputy Ministers at the PMO Dato Paduka Haji Abd Wahab Juned and Dato Paduka Haji Ali Hj Apong along with other senior officials and members of the PMO and families.

Entertaining the crowd at the PMO event was a 'Masterchef’ competition and a sketch and tausyehperformances.

Sultan's 68th Birthday Speech

On 14th August 2014, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam delivered his titah (speech) on the occasion of his 68th birthday celebrations:


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Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.

Alhamdulillahi Rabbil ‘Alameen, Wabihiee Nasta’eenu ‘Alaa Umuuriddunya Wadden, Wassalaatu’ Wassalaamu ‘Ala Asyarafil Mursaleen, Sayyidina Muhammaddin, Wa’alaa Aalihee Wasahbihee Ajma’een, Waba’du.

Alhamdulillah, Beta bersyukur kehadhrat Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala, kerana dengan limpah kurniaNya jua, dapatlah kita meraikan Hari Keputeraan Beta pada tahun ini, dalam suasana aman dan sejahtera.

Terlebih dahulu, Beta dengan tulus ikhlas ingin merakamkan ucapan terima kasih dan penghargaan kepada tetamu-tetamu khas Beta, yang sudi hadhir ke istiadat ini, dan juga kepada semua pihak yang telah menyembahkan perutusan ucap selamat kepada Beta serta keluarga, besempena dengan perayaan ini.

Sekali lagi pada tahun ini, istiadat perayaan diadakan selepas uma…

Brunei Darussalam: Investing in Innovation

The Oxford Business Group reported on 13 August 2014 the following update on Brunei:


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Economic Update
Investing in innovation in Brunei Darussalam 

Brunei Darussalam | 13 Aug 2014

Brunei Darussalam has lost ground in its efforts to promote innovation as a cornerstone for future economic and social development, slipping down the ladder of a comparative survey of innovative practices for the second year running, but the sultanate is positioning itself to rebound strongly in the years to come.

In its latest Global Innovation Index (GII), released in mid July, the Institut EuropĂ©en d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) ranked Brunei Darussalam 88th out of 143 countries assessed, a drop of 14 places on its 2013 performance. Much of this retreat was due to sharp falls in the Innovation Output Sub-Index – the measure of innovative activities within the economy – and the Innovation Efficiency Ratio, which measures input against output, or how much value a country gets from the effort an…

Eid Celebrations in Brunei: 96,550 Visitors to Nurul Iman Palace

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Istana Nurul Iman recorded ninety six thousand five hundred and fifty five visitors during its three-day run for the Aidilfitri ‘Open House’ that came to a conclusion yesterday. The people of the Sultanate as well as from neighbouring countries seized the opportunity to meet and greet His Majesty the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mui’zzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and the Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha and members of the Royal Family.

During the inaugural Open Palace, Istana Nurul Iman registered a total of thirty six thousand seven hundred and ten visitors. The second day however shown a slight decrease in attendance with thirty five thousand nine hundred and twenty visitors came to the Open Palace. The third and final day also marks the steady decline in a number of visitors; with only twenty three thousand five hundred fifty-five well-wishers visited the Istana.

The morning session saw a total of twelve t…