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20 May 2009
Bandar Seri Begawan, Wednesday, 20th May 2009.   Baiduri Bank today held an Award Ceremony at The Rizqun International Hotel for a group of twelve employees who have successfully completed the Diploma in Financial Planning programme offered by the Singapore College of Insurance.

The Guest of Honour at the ceremony was Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance.

In his welcome address, Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager of Baiduri Bank said, "At Baiduri Bank, we are fully committed to providing the highest quality of service.  Having staff with professional qualifications is one of the Bank’s initiatives to have effective and proactive pool of human resources who are capable of discharging their duties in a manner acceptable and compatible to our market position".

" Besides financial planning, the Bank will continue to source available courses to upgrade skills and knowledge across all functions in the Bank", added Mr Imhof.

The Diploma in Financial Planning (DipFP) is a part of the route to the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designation.  The DipFP programme is offered to holders of the Certificate in Financial Planning (CertFP) wishing to acquire in-depth knowledge of the principles and tools involved in the various aspects of financial planning process.

Holders of the Diploma in Financial Planning (DipFP) can then proceed to pursue the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designation by completing 3 more modules and fulfilling the necessary ethical and business requirements.  The ChFC® is the premier designation in financial consulting.

The DipFP programme was delivered in Brunei by Summit Planners, the appointed representative of the Singapore College of Insurance, a leading institution actively involved in financial services education and the certification of insurance sales professionals and insurance practitioners.  This latest group underwent a course of study, at the end of which they sat for a series of examinations to assess their competence.

Baiduri Bank now has 35 employees holding professional financial planning and consultancy qualifications.  Three of these are holders of the ChFC®, 13 holders of DipFP and 19 holders of CertFP.

The certificates were presented by the Guest of Honour, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Ali Bin Haji Apong. The ceremony was witnessed by senior officials from the Financial Institutions Division, Ministry of Finance; Brunei International Financial Centre (BIFC), representatives from Summit Planners, senior management of Baiduri Bank, existing financial planners of the Bank, and family members of the graduates.
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