ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
November 8, 2007
BRUNEI-FINLAND : Ties
The 13-member delegation first visited the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Ahmad Hj Jumat, and other senior officials at the ministry headquarters in Berakas.
The visit was held to discuss the possibilities of economic cooperation in the industrial sector, such as in the areas of telecommunications, production, supply, marine and energy technology and electronics.
Dato Paduka Hj Hamdillah Hj Abdul Wahab, deputy minister of MIPR and senior officers of the ministry were also present. Meanwhile, the Finnish visitors met with Education Minister Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Dato Setia Hj Mohamed Taib for lunch at the Empire Hotel and Country Club.
The constitutional republic Nordic country has been recognised as one of the best countries in terms of literacy and performance in mathematics and science subjects under the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) since 2003.
The minister himself along with several senior ministry officials made a working trip to Finland in May this year to learn more about the Finnish education system and to establish cooperation in the education sector. There are already several programmes between the two countries to facilitate exchange of information, expertise and best practices. These are done through conferences, seminars, workshops as well as student exchanges.
Also present during the luncheon were the Permanent Secretary of Education, Dato Paduka Hi Sheikh Adnan Sheikh Mohamad, deputy permanent secretaries as well as other senior officials.
On Monday the Finnish delegation attended a business roundtable and networking meeting with representatives from the sultanate's private sector and SMEs organised by the Brunei Economic Development Board.
At the event a representative from each Finnish company delivered a talk on their respective industries.