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10th October 2012

Bandar Seri Begawan, 10 October 2012 - In the spirit of Silaturrahim, Baiduri Bank Group hosted a banquet for its customers and business associates at Jerudong Park Amphiteathre, this evening.

The Guest of Honour for the event was the Chairperson of Baiduri Bank Group, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah Binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam. The evening was also graced by other members of the royal family.

The theme of the night was ‘Mencapai Kecermelangan’, meaning ‘Reaching New Heights’ to signify the Group’s achievements to becoming one of the leading banks in the country.

The evening opened with performances by Batavia dancers, followed by a welcoming address by the CEO of Baiduri Bank and Director of Baiduri Finance, Mr. Pierre Imhof. In his welcoming address, Mr. Imhof on behalf of the group expressed his appreciation to the guests for their support during the past year and outlined the major progresses and achievements of the Baiduri Bank Group this year.

Elaborating further, Mr. Imhof said Baiduri Bank Group is embracing strong focus on new technologies and expanded the branch and ATM networks to enhance customer accessibility. “We are growing, and still recruiting people to fill new positions, especially in the technical fields”, said Mr Imhof, adding, “We have invested heavily in upgrading our premises, systems and our people as we strongly believe in the future of the financial industry of this country.”

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.

“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.

Tokens of appreciation were presented to YTM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah by 5 organizations that have significantly benefited from Baiduri Bank Group’s charity programmes, namely Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al Hajjah Maryam, Child Development Centre, SMARTER Brunei, Learning Ladder Society and RIPAS Paediatric Haemoto-Oncology Centre. Mr. Imhof also presented a token of appreciation to YTM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah.

Besides the musical extravaganza from Ungu and other foreign and local entertainers, guests also enjoyed the lucky draw prize presentations. Over 22 lucky draw prizes were given away throughout the night, with MacBook Air, iPhone 5 and the New iPad making up the top 3 prizes.

The night ended with a big bang with a magnificent group performance by all the artists and dancers and the announcement of the grand lucky draw prizes. Around 2,000 guests attended the event, including cabinet ministers, senior government officials and prominent local business leaders and professionals.

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