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Brunei, Finland bolster ties


November 8, 2007

Brunei, Finland bolster ties

The Finish business delegation here on a working trip yesterday met with two Brunei ministers to discuss various matters related to industry and education.

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.

Cooperation and business opportunities in the tourism and manufacturing sectors were also discussed. The delegation, comprising representatives from seven Finnish companies involved in hi-tech electronics, communications, infrastructure and ICT industries, was led by Finland's ambassador to Brunei, Lauri Korpinen.

Present during the visit on behalf of the Finnish delegation were: Jari Silventoinen, managing director of Jeks Engineering; Dr Andy Seo, business development director of Kone Asia South; Praba Sangarajoo, head of business development at Nokia Siemens Networks; General Manager of Nokia, Andrew Cheong; Marko Makinen, Vaisala Oyj general manager and Eric Liu, regional manager of Wartsila Malaysia.

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 minister told the delegation that the ministry is viewing with interest Finland's impressive track record in the educational field.

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.

The minister also expressed the hope that Finnish companies, particularly those operating in the East Asian region, can take in Brunei's vocational and technical students on industrial attachment programmes. 

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.

Today is the last day of the business delegation's working visit to the sultanate, which began on November 5.

Courtesy Brudirect 

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