Hakim Hayat & Syazwani Hj Rosli
Ten Korean students who are currently in the country for the nine-day Brunei Darussalam and Republic of Korea Youth Exchange Programme visited DARe (Darussalam Enterprise) and i-Centre in Kampong Anggerek Desa yesterday.
The delegation was welcomed by Assistant Manager of DARe Ameliah Wati binti Dato Jocklin who briefed the students on DARe’s role in developing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). According to her, MSMEs comprises 97 per cent of 5,342 active enterprises in Brunei.
This was followed by a visit to the i-Centre, a start-up incubation centre. They toured the building and interacted with entrepreneurs based there.
The delegation were later feted in a farewell ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday.
Deputy Permanent Secretary at the MCYS Saidah binti Haji Wahid @ Burut was the guest of honour.
The event saw a speech from a representative from Korea’s Ministry of Gender, Equality and Family Cho Junhong as the head of the delegation as well as a reporting session from the group.
The bilateral exchange programme between Brunei and Republic of Korea is one of the programmes implemented under the Arrangement on Cooperation on Youth Matters signed between both governments in February 2010.
This is the ninth edition of the programme. A youth delegation from Brunei will visit Korea in October.
The Korean visitors’ stay in Brunei included visits to places of interest such as Sports Gallery, Kampong Batu Marang, Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas, experiencing Bandarku Ceria, Jerudong Park Playground, Brunei History Centre, Royal Regalia Museum, Malay Technology Museum and homestays.