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4th November 2012

Bandar Seri Begawan, 4 November 2012 - In celebration of Deepavali, Baiduri Bank Group today hosted a dinner for its customers and business associates at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Jerudong.

Present as guest of honour was His Excellency Mr. Lalduhthlana D. Ralte, High Commissioner of India to Brunei.

The evening began with the traditional Light Ceremony. Accompanied by Baiduri Bank’s CEO Mr. Pierre Imhof; His Excellency Mr Jayaratnam, High Commissioner of Singapore to Brunei; Pehin Dato Hj Mahdini, President of Brunei-India Friendship Association; Dr Sundrapandi, President of the BSB Indian Association, the Guest of Honour, His Excellency Mr Lalduhthlana lit candles in the traditional “Kuthu Vilaku (Lighting of Lamp) ceremony.

In his welcoming address, Mr. Imhof expressed his appreciation and thanks to the guests for their support during the past year and outlined the major progresses and achievements of the Baiduri Bank Group this year.

“We have invested heavily in upgrading our premises, systems and our people as we strongly believe in the future of the financial industry in Brunei”, said Mr Imhof.

On the future outlook for Baiduri Bank, “We expect next year to be another challenging yet promising year, where opportunities will arise from the continuing economic diversification program. We will continue to participate actively in the economic growth of the country and national development programs to realize the goals and objectives in Wawasan Brunei 2035,” Mr. Imhof said.

The Group has continued to receive major international banking awards, bearing testament to its good performances. This year alone, The Group had received two major banking awards, the first being the “Best Retail Bank for Brunei 2012” from Asia Banker magazine in March, and the second being the “Best Banking Group for Brunei 2012” from World Finance.

During the event, Baiduri Bank Group made donations to the BSB Indian Association and the Kuala Belait Indian Association to support the advancement of inter-cultural awareness in the country. The cheques were presented by Baiduri Bank’s CEO, Mr. Pierre Imhof to President of the BSB Indian Association, Dr. Sundrapandi and President of the Kuala Belait Indian Association K. Salim B.A. Karim.

Also present at the event were around 550 customers and associates from the local Indian community. The large gathering of guests included foreign diplomats, prominent Indian business leaders and professionals working in Brunei, Card Merchants, Corporate, Prestige and Wealth Management clients of Baiduri Bank Group.

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