AHMED Ali Sirohey, Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan to Brunei Darussalam, recently paid a courtesy call to Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education.

Sirohey after thanking the minister for his consideration to receive him praised his efforts and initiatives for spreading education in the far flung areas of Brunei Darussalam.

He noted that Pakistan and Brunei Darussalam have solid bilateral ties in various walks of life and offered Pakistan’s all out support in the field of education.

The Acting High Commissioner briefed the minister regarding the initiatives of the Pakistan High Commission in the education sector – offering the opening of a Pakistan Book Corner at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB); the donation of books to Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA); bilateral Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between UNISSA, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), UTB and Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) with leading universities of Pakistan.

He highlighted various areas of education including agricultural research and the irrigation system where Brunei Darussalam can utilise the expertise of Pakistan.

He offered to bring agricultural scientists from Pakistan to conduct research in Brunei Darussalam for the improvement of crops like rice, vegetables, fruits and work out the suitable hybrid seeds which can yield better agriculture output. He discussed the possibility of a bilateral arrangement of scholarships between Pakistan and Brunei Darussalam.

The minister appreciated Pakistan’s coop-eration with Brunei Darussalam and existing bilateral relations between the two countries in the fields of health and education. He also showed interest in utilisation of Pakistan’s expertise in the field of agriculture to improve local agricultural output. The minister also expressed his desire to visit Pakistan at an opportune time and added that he visited Pakistan in 2007 when he was the Minister of Health.

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