IN CONJUNCTION with the 54th National Day and the 24th Liberation Day of the State of Kuwait, Dr Fahad Mashary Al-Thafiri, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Brunei Darussalam delivered a message to Bruneian people as well as Kuwaitis residing in Brunei.
“In an atmosphere of patriotism, Kuwaitis celebrate their National Day with myriad of festivities and events. On this auspicious occasion, it is a great pleasure to avail myself for this opportunity and extend on behalf of the embassy staff and on my own behalf, our sincere congratulations to our wise leadership, the government and people of Kuwait, together with my best wishes and deepest prayers for the continued success of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Government and the brotherly people of Brunei Darussalam,” the ambassador said in a message.
Kuwait National Day has an important historical significance for Kuwaitis as they mark the declaration of Kuwait as a sovereign state in 1961, and commemorates the long and relentless march to build a great nation that guarantees a decent life for all Kuwaiti citizens.
“This occasion is also an opportunity for patriotic celebration and national reconciliation, as the Liberation Day represents painful memories during which Kuwaitis recall the struggle for freedom, honouring those who lost their lives. Kuwait has been a focal point of Arab and International community as the United Nations has named Kuwait as an ‘International Humanitarian Centre’,” Fahad added.
“Kuwait hosted two sessions of the International Donors Conferences for the Syrian people in 2013 and 2014, where US$4 billion was pledged, of which Kuwait contributed US$800 million. This shows the evidence of how Kuwait continues its efforts to provide humanitarian aid.
“Despite a slump in oil prices, our economy looks dynamic and healthy as moving towards 2015. Kuwait’s economy is expected to grow 2.6 per cent in 2014 and three per cent this year. Kuwait national economy to perform relatively well over in 2015 and 2016, and retains forecasted real GDP growth of 2.7 per cent and 2.5 per cent respectively, from an estimated 2.9 per cent in 2014. Kuwaiti investment outlook appears to be improving, thanks to the five-year development plan (2015-2020) which is well on track, focusing on the economic reform process and the implementation of strategic projects. The plan has two-pronged objectives; to address the imbalances in the economic reforms through giving a free rein to the private sector to play a bigger role in development; and realise the country’s strategic vision through the implementation of strategic projects. According to the plan, the average annual investment spending would be around KD11.8 billion ($40.7 billion) over the next five years,” according to the ambassador.
Kuwait is looking forward to working closely with Southeast Asian nations, the message said, “With changing balance of economic power shifting eastwards, to Southeast Asia in particular; long ago Kuwait was looking to enhance its relations with this region through adopting “eastwards policy” late last century… Taking into consideration that the majority of Asian countries lack sufficient oil and gas resources, I think this fact provides enormous opportunities for cooperation with the region via Brunei.”
Dr Fahad Mashary Al-Thafiri in his speech appreciated the on-going relations between Brunei and Kuwait, with the vision to bring the relationship to its fullest blossom.
He said, “As far as our bilateral relations is concerned, I’m glad and honoured to disclose that His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has accepted an invitation from His Highness the Amir to make an official visit to the State of Kuwait at the earliest possible opportunity.
“I’m happy with the level of our collaboration with Brunei at the regional and international arena. In this context, I would like to convey appreciation of our government to Brunei’s support towards Kuwait’s candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2017-2018 term,” the ambassador stated.
Ending his message, Dr Fahar Mashary Al-Thafiri continued to encourage more cooperation to be made between the two oil-producing nations, be it oil and gas, commercial, investments, higher education, information technology and financial and tourism.
In his closing remark, he stated, “Right now, I have a huge task ahead of me, but having to capitalise on our cordial relations, and on top of that the endeavour to realise the sought goals and aspirations for the benefits of our countries, I believe things would go smoothly with the support of Bruneian officials.”