His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman left for Singapore yesterday to attend the 8th Young Leaders’ Programme which runs from August 3 to 5.
Accompanying Their Royal Highnesses were Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah; Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman; and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Faathimah Az-Zahraa’ Raihaanul Bolkiah.
A Doa Selamat was recited by Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar prior to departure.
Present at His Majesty the Sultan’s Flight Hangar to bid farewell to Their Royal Highnesses were Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria; Cabinet Ministers; members of the Privy Council; the Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force; the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces; permanent secretaries at the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education and spouses.
Upon arrival at the VIP Complex, Changi International Airport, Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed by Singapore’s Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Education and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman as Minister-in-Attendance, and Lady-in-Attendance Saadiah Shahal.
Also present to greet Their Royal Highnesses were High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Singapore Dato Paduka Haji Sidek bin Ali and spouse; and High Commissioner of Singapore to Brunei Darussalam Heng Aik Yeow.
The 8th Young Leaders’ Programme focusses on three main areas – civil service, education and defence.
It includes a series of visits to schools, the Integrated Public Service Centre and the Changi Naval Base.
His Royal Highness will also hold separate courtesy calls to the President of Singapore and the Prime Minister of Singapore.
The Young Leaders’ Programme is an annual exchange programme between the Sultanate and Singapore to enhance the existing bilateral relationship and for future leaders to exchange views on bilateral cooperation, regional and global development.
Hosted alternately between the two countries, the programme was previously held in Brunei in 2019.