Grand Fair marks 35 years of Brunei-Thai relations

|   James Kon   |

HER Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officiated the launching of the Grand Fair at the International Convention Centre (ICC) yesterday as part of the 35th anniversary observance of the diplomatic relations between Brunei and Thailand.

Her Royal Highness was joined by Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam Wanthanee Viputwongsakul during the ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the five-day event which ends on June 30. The ceremony was witnessed by members of the Diplomatic Corps and officials from the Royal Thai Embassy.

Following the opening ceremony, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna toured the booths at the venue, and interacted with the vendors.

Held at Bilik Sepakat 2-3 at the ICC, 30 booths have been set up for the sale of traditional Thai delicacies such as freshly made Poh Pia Tod (spring rolls), Miang Kham (leaf-wrapped salad) and Som Tam (papaya salad), in addition to a variety of dried, fresh and seasonal fruits.

Visitors can also find Thai silk and clothing, handbags, handicrafts, jewellery, and herbal products.

In an interview, Viputwong-sakul said of the Brunei-Thai diplomatic relations, “There is plenty of room for cooperation between both countries, especially in terms of agriculture and student exchanges, as well as education.

“We are looking forward to build on the cooperation with the Government of Brunei. Having arrived in the country only five months ago as the Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam, I am confident that we can progress together.”

ABOVE & BELOW: Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam Wanthanee Viputwongsakul during a ribbon-cutting ceremony; and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna visits a booth during the Grand Fair. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna receives a box of souvenirs from an exhibitor during the event
Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna in a group photo with Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong and members of the Diplomatic Corps