Brunei-Thailand ties hailed

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Thailand and Brunei have enjoyed a close and cordial relationship, anchored by royal families’ ties, political and economic cooperation, as well as people-to-people contacts said Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam Wanthanee Viputwongsakul.

She was speaking at the reception commemorating the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Brunei and Thailand, the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand, the birth anniversary of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Thailand Father’s Day at The Empire Brunei on Thursday.

Representing the government 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 at the event was Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof.

She said both countries also have close cooperation in many areas under the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation, which will resume meeting next year in Brunei, together with the signing of MoUs on avoidance of double taxation, cultural cooperation and One Tambon, One Product (OTOP).

“We will further strengthen our joint efforts at food and agriculture sectors through the existing MoU on agriculture and the exchange of high level visits. We hope that our close cooperation will be beneficial for Brunei in the areas of paddy, soil improvement and water management. This is in line with the titah of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s on agricultural development and self-sufficiency,” she added.

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof with Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam Wanthanee Viputwongsakul at the event; and Wanthanee Viputwongsakul delivers her speech. PHOTO: SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI

The Royal Thai Embassy in Brunei Darussalam has organised events such as Badminton Friendly Match and Coaching Session, Thailand Grand Fair, launching of Guidebook of Thai Restaurants in Brunei Darussalam, and the launching of Sawasdee Club’s Facebook page for Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) students who are keen to know more about Thai food and culture.

“Thailand hosted the ASEAN Summit this year under the theme ‘Advancing Partnership for Sustainability’. I am proud to learn the successful deliverable from the Summit in Bangkok. To name a few, the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris, ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, the Code of Conduct in South China Sea, the launch of the ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue, the ASEAN Centre for Active Ageing and Innovation, and the MoU between ASEAN and FIFA.

“More importantly, the outstanding progress made under Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)’s negotiation, RCEP will cover 45 per cent of world population, with a trade volume of USD10.3 trillion, which is 30 per cent of the world trade in total,” she said.

“Thailand attaches great importance for ASEAN economic integration. We seek to develop an ASEAN Community that is people-oriented, leaving- no one behind and looks to the future.

“In this connection, Thailand looks forward to supporting Brunei when it takes over the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2021.”

Also present were government officials, foreign diplomats, and representatives from various organisations.