More donations pour in for COVID-19 fight

James Kon

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Representative in Brunei Darussalam Andrew Lee handed over 2,400 medical masks to the Brunei Darussalam BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BD BEBC) recently, on behalf of the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei (IEAT).

BD BEBC Chairman Pengiran Haji Haris bin Pengiran Haji Duraman received the donation. The donation represents IEAT’s determination to join the BD BEBC in fighting against COVID-19 pandemic.

Permanent Advisor of the Supreme Advisory Council of BD BEBC Pengiran Haji Yura Kesteria bin Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran Dr Haji Mohd Yusof, Vice Chairman Captain (Rtd) Zailan bin Pehin Datu Kerma Setia Major (Rtd) Dato Seri Laila Jasa Mohd Don and BD BEBC members attended.

Taiwan and Brunei Darussalam have effectively contained the virus, making both exemplary models for the global fight against COVID-19. The effective cooperation between the public and private sectors as well as governments is key to combatting the virus.

This is the third batch of masks given to Brunei’s industry association, following donations to the BSB Chinese Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Brunei Darussalam (NCCIBD), as part of IEAT’s effort in joining international efforts to contain the pathogen.

IEAT, one of the largest and most influential business organisations in Taiwan, was established in 1947, with more than 6,000 member companies based in Taipei City and other major cities throughout Taiwan. BIMP-EAGA was established in 1994 in Davao.

Both large-scale commercial organisations have a long history and outstanding contributions to social and economic developments in Taiwan and Brunei.

Pengiran Haji Yura Kesteria led a BD BEBC delegation to Taiwan in 2012 and 2019. The delegates met with government agencies, leaders of business associations and private enterprises to explore cooperation projects and business opportunities in a wide range of fields.

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Representative in Brunei Darussalam Andrew Lee hands over the donation to Brunei Darussalam BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BD BEBC) Chairman Pengiran Haji Haris bin Pengiran Haji Duraman, as Permanent Advisor of the Supreme Advisory Council of BD BEBC Pengiran Haji Yura Kesteria bin Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran Dr Haji Mohd Yusof and Vice Chairman Captain (Rtd) Zailan bin Pehin Datu Kerma Setia Major (Rtd) Dato Seri Laila Jasa Mohd Don look on. PHOTO: TECO