| Lyna Mohamad |
THE Governments of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Kingdom of Thailand have continuously collaborated in promoting mutual social and cultural ties through various joint activities. Such activities that began since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between both countries in August 2001 include exchanges of programmes production, publications, exhibitions and media personnel.
The Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office (Media and Cabinet), Hj Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, underscored this in his opening remarks at the 13th Joint Technical Meeting yesterday.
He further noted that cooperation in these areas has strengthened the mutual relationship and enhanced the camaraderie among peoples of both countries.
As this year also marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Brunei and Thailand jointly organised the ‘Concert of Royal Compositions’ recently to celebrate the auspicious occasion where the musical scores, written by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, enthralled the audience, reflecting the warm and cordial relationship between the two nations.
The permanent secretary pointed out that the technical meeting is a continuation of the never-ending efforts to continue this relationship by producing more exciting and informative programmes to highlight both countries’ rich experiences in the economic, social, cultural and tourism development fronts.
“As we are part of the Asean community, we continue to find new ways to produce programmes to generate and enhance greater understanding of our governments’ efforts to realise the Asean Community by 2015.”
Deputy Director-General of the Public Relations Department and as head of Thai delegates and representative of the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office of Thailand, Charoon Chaisorn, in his opening remarks noted that both countries have always enjoyed cordial relationships, based on good understanding of each other.
“We should use this opportunity at this crucial stage to set the direction for our future cooperation and elevate our relationships in advance of the Asean community. As members of the Asean family, I do urge all to step up cooperation for the benefit of deeper regional integration.”
He also noted that the implementation of the MoU between both countries has been a great success achieved through joint efforts of its staff members.
The opening of the 13th Technical Committee Meeting under the MoU between the Governments of Brunei Darussalam and Thailand on Cooperation in the Field of Information and Broadcasting yesterday took place at the Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong.
The two-day meeting will discuss broadcasting and information cooperation projects between Brunei Darussalam’s RTB and Information Department and Thailand’s National Broadcasting Services and Public Relations Department.