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BAIDURI BANK GROUP HOSTS MALAM SILATURAHIM 2007

27 October 2007
 
Bandar Seri Begawan, Saturday, 27th October 2007.  In celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Baiduri Bank Group today hosted an appreciation banquet titled “Malam Silaturahim 2007” for its Muslim customers and business associates at the Royal Berkshire Ballroom, Jerudong Park Country Club.

The Guest-of-Honour for the event was the Chairperson of Baiduri Bank Group, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam.  The banquet was also graced by the presence of other members of the royal family.  More than 500 guests attended the banquet, including senior government officials and prominent local business leaders and professionals.

The guests were greeted by the Group’s management committee upon arrival.  The programme for the evening began with entertainment by a foreign dancer and a silat performance.

In his welcome address, Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager of Baiduri Bank outlined the Bank’s performance over the previous year.  “I am proud to say that overall, we achieved excellent financial performance in 2006.  He continued by saying that he expects 2007 to be another good year for Baiduri Bank Group both in terms of financial and commercial performances.

He highlighted the major progress of the Baiduri Bank Group over the last 12 months.  These included the further development in the Bank’s Wealth Management Unit where several new products were introduced and the set up of a full-fledged Wealth Management Centre in their newly relocated Kiulap Branch.

A seven-day Baiduri Expo 2007 with the theme “Using Financial Planning to achieve your Goals and Dreams” was successfully held at the Mall Gadong.

To meet the increasing demand for wealth management products by customers, a second group of the Bank’s employees will be graduating with their certificate in financial planning this 14th November.  This will bring the total number of professional financial planners in the Bank to 38.

Among the e-channel initiatives taken by Baiduri Bank in support of the e-government project has been an email/SMS engine to enable the Bank to send messages to its customers and the recent introduction of the next generation suite of services via the mobile phone called FAST.

Baiduri Bank opened a new branch at Muara Town and relocated two of it’s branches at Sengkurong and Kiulap to provide better accessibility and convenience to customers. At the same time, three new ATMs were added to their network.  The Bank’s ATM at the Airport dispenses four major currencies, in USD, Euros, Singapore Dollar and Brunei Dollar, and is the first and only one of its kind in Brunei.

Other milestones include the launch of the new Baiduri Prestige programme, and the launch of several credit, debit and cash cards and co-brand cards.

Baiduri Finance’s six-month long Early Savers Promotion 2007 which ended in July was a tremendous success. It offered Multi-Tier Savings Account (MTSA) with attractive interest rates calculated daily and credited monthly. The promotion was held with the objective to cultivate the importance of saving and managing money.

Mr Imhof then elaborated on the Bank’s community initiatives.  “In our drive for growth and profitability, we have not forgotten the less fortunate.  In 2007, the Baiduri Bank Group held various activities in support of this sector of the community”.   The Bank has been providing financial support for child development programmes at Pusat Ehsan, Child Development Centre (CDC) and SMARTER.  The Baiduri Bank Charity Golf event is an annual fundraising initiative in support of these organizations. To further demonstrate the Bank’s commitment towards the community, Baiduri Bank recently recruited an ex-apprentice from Pusat Ehsan as a member of staff.

During the banquet, the Chairperson of Baiduri Bank Group, YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah presented three donations.  The first was to the Child Development Centre for the building of the Sensory Integration and Audio Visual Facility.  The second was towards professional teachers and physiotherapists at Pusat Ehsan, and the third was towards the professional teachers and physiotherapists at SMARTER.

Other highlights of the evening included cultural performances by local and foreign artists and dancers.  To add to the jubilant atmosphere, a festive draw was also held for the guests during the banquet.
 
 
 
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