Asean is obviously a very important association for us. Over the past 30 years Asean has made great strides in regional cooperation covering a number of areas, although recently it has been under strain because of the financial crisis and other challenges.
As a small country, both in size and population, our future hinges on the quality of our people.
We need foreign skills to stay competitive.
The nation will benefit in the long term if it continues to be open to foreign expertise. This will help the country to establish its business culture and environment faster, based on international best practice.
There is no conflict between favouring Islamic and traditional values and being more open and international.
The development of our human resources is an area in which we need to do well as it is decisive in determining the success of our diversification programme.
We are considering various ways of making use of our oil and gas downstream industries. This is to be complemented with the import of oil and gas from other sources as raw materials.
Theory states that Allahs law is cruel and unfair, but Allah himself has said that his law is indeed fair.
We are increasing our efforts to attract the right kind of foreign investors through our various agencies.
Today, bilateral relations with Britain are excellent, with cooperation in many areas and both countries continuing to work on strengthening these ties.
The level of our educational development is high and serves as a strong basis for our future progress.
Brunei Darussalam is one of the oldest kingdoms in South East Asia.
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