The People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China has donated 10,000 pieces of N95 surgical face masks, 10,000 pieces of disposable surgeon face masks, 1,000 disposable isolation gowns, 1,000 goggles, 500 Jupiter suits and 250 non-contact forehead thermometers, to be used by the Ministry of Health (MoH) during the current COVID-19 outbreak in Brunei Darussalam.
The donation signifies the Guangxi government’s support for Brunei while further strengthening the collaboration between both governments under the Brunei-Guangxi Economic Corridor (BGEC), which is focussed on the development of collaboration between China and Brunei in the fields of investment, trade, services and information and communications technology (ICT); and on the strengthening of general relations between the people of both countries.
The handover ceremony was held at the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) building, where Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong presented the donation to Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, who expressed his gratitude and appreciation.
The donated equipment was then handed over to the MoH, where it was received by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar.
With its establishment in September 2014, the BGEC has established a supply value chain between Brunei and China, together with other countries in the ASEAN region.
This platform has led to the generation of several investment projects like Hiseaton Fisheries (B) Sdn Bhd involved in the hatchery, breeding, processing and the marketing of golden pompano, grouper and barramundi; Lautan Timur Product Sdn Bhd, which currently a developing a hatchery, grow-out and processing facilities for oysters in Brunei Darussalam; Guangxi Ruian Logistics (Group) Co Ltd, currently establishing a spice and business processing factory (trading) in China for further processing in Brunei; and Muara Port Company (MPC) Sdn Bhd, a joint venture company between Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd and Beibu Gulf Holding (Hong Kong) Co Ltd, which took over the operations of the Muara Container Terminal on February 21, 2017.
In an interview, Yu Hong said, “the Brunei-Guangxi Economic Corridor is one of the most important projects started by both countries.
“Since the close cooperation between Guangxi and Brunei, we have developed numerous enterprises and joint ventures in Brunei Darussalam, including MPC Sdn Bhd. We are also exploring the possibility of expanding the cooperation.”
She added, “The people of Guangxi wish to show their support to the people of this country. The donation is a token of expression of love and support to the people of Brunei. We are happy to see that Brunei has done a terrific job in containing the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, which is supported by the people in the community.”