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Borneo Bulletin, Thursday 23 February 2017

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THE titahs of 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 serve as guidelines for the country as it

moves towards realising the ambitious Brunei Vision 2035 to

create a nation with highly educated, skilled and successful

people having a high quality of life as well as a dynamic and

sustainable economy.

Making the nation more pro-business by attracting more

foreign direct investments (FDIs) to increase job opportunities

and diversifying the country’s economy away from heavy

reliance on oil and gas are the core of many of His Majesty’s

recent titahs.

In the titah delivered on the eve of New Year 2017, the

monarch highlighted the government’s whole-of-nation

approach and reformation initiatives, particularly in lifting the

nation’s standing in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business

and in driving the nation towards achieving the Brunei Vision

2035.

“Our achievement is the by-product of our commitment

and the firm cooperation among the government agencies and

other stakeholders,” His Majesty said.

“But we should not be complacent, but be active in upgrading

our achievement. We have been luring foreign investors to

invest in this country, and Alhamdulillah several FDIs have

already started gaining a foothold in the Sultanate. Various

initiatives have been planned and implemented to assist local

businesses, especially micro, small and medium-sized

enterprises (MSMEs) to make the country globally

more competitive,” the monarch added.

In a titah delivered during the Investiture

Ceremony held in conjunction with the

monarch’s 70

th

birthday celebration at

Istana Nurul Iman, the ruler said all

Bruneians should feel grateful for the

continuing peace and prosperity in

the Sultanate. But, this peace and

prosperity should not be a reason

for the country to relax and to stay

complacent, His Majesty added.

Taking into account the global

economic slowdown, the monarch

emphasised that Brunei must

not slacken its efforts to diversify

its economy, and continuously

increase its gross domestic

product (GDP), with a more active

and organised agenda to reach its

grand objectives.

In the titah, the monarch also

highlighted that the efforts

to increase GDP must be

wholesome in priority areas

such as agriculture and basic

food, and these fields must

be augmented to realise

the goal of self-sufficiency.

“This matter must be given

serious attention by the

government and it is now

time for Brunei to launch

all-out efforts without

delay.”

His Majesty’s titahs are

roadmaps

to

prosperity

and peace and are guidelines

to create a healthy and

knowledgeable society. They are

wake up calls to all sections of the

society. Over the years they have

been stressing on the importance of

promoting business, economy, religion,

education, entrepreneurship, FDI and relations

with other countries as well as the need for people

to change their mindset for the betterment of the

nation.

Touching

on

the

country’s

economic

performance, the monarch noted in the New

Year 2016 titah that in the recent years, the

growth of Brunei’s gross domestic product

(GDP) has slowed down, requiring the country

to double domestic production, especially in the

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His Majesty’s

titahs drive the

Sultanate as an

economically strong,

culturally vibrant,

educationally

brilliant, religiously

motivated and

globally acclaimed

nation

AZROL AZMI

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