Celebrating 72 years of Indonesian independence

|     Fizah HAB     |

THE Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Brunei Darussalam yesterday hosted a dinner reception at The Empire Hotel & Country Club to celebrate Indonesia’s 72nd independence day.

Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam Nurul Qomar welcomed Minister of Communications cum guest of honour Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat and his spouse upon arrival.

Members of the Diplomatic Corps and guests were also present at the celebration.
The event opened with the singing of the national anthems of Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of Indonesia, followed by a recitation of prayers, a cake-cutting ceremony and the presentation of a token of appreciation to the guest of honour.

In her speech, the ambassador touched on the growing Indonesia-Brunei relations and cooperation in various fields – including defence, economic and trade as well as education.

Minister of Communications Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat and his spouse with the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam Nurul Qomar and other ambassadors of Asean member countries prior to the cake-cutting
The Indonesian Ambassador presenting a token of appreciation to the minister. – PHOTOS: FIZAH HAB

She also spoke of boosting economic ties, notably through enhancing cooperation in connectivity, health sector and also tourism, in line with Brunei’s economic diversification policy. “With regard to bilateral cooperation, I would like to highlight that education cooperation between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam has been steadily progressing, especially in the field of higher education. The education cooperation is getting stronger with the signing of 13 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between universities in both countries.

“We should not be complacent with our achievements. With opportunities to explore, I would like the private and public sectors of both countries to join hands to enhance existing relations. I am confident that Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam will continue to find ways and means for mutually beneficial cooperation,” she added.