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BAIDURI BANK GROUP HOSTS MALAM SILATURRAHIM 2014
30rd August 2014

Bandar Seri Begawan, 30 August 2014 – The Indera Samudra Grand Hall at the Empire Hotel and Country Club was a night of colourful and entertaining performances as the Baiduri Bank Group hosted their annual Malam Silaturrahim.

The night, in the spirit of Silaturrahim, was held to reconnect and strengthen ties with customers and corporate clients who have been instrumental to the success and identity of Baiduri Bank.

The Guest of Honour for the event was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Fattaah Ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal Waqar Pengiran Muda Mohamed Bolkiah, who is a member of the Board of Directors at Baiduri Bank.

The event, which kicked off with a dance number choreographed and performed by staff of Baiduri Bank Group, also showcased performances by the Bruneian World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) delegates; Dayat Ahim, Maria Grace Koh and Shian Li who performed their selected pieces from their recent WCOPA competition in Hollywood.

Mr. Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, in his welcoming address expressed his thanks and appreciation to the guests for their continuous support during the past year and headlined the events that have shaped Baiduri Bank Group over the past year.

Among the many firsts that the Bank Group has achieved over the past 20 years, Baiduri has once again achieved a milestone by being the first bank in Brunei to launch the Visa payWave debit card.With the introduction of the payWave contactless feature, customers just tap on or wave the card on the card terminal for purchases of B$100 and below making payments simpler, faster and easier.

Additionally, focusing on enhancing customer experience and meeting customer needs, Mr Imhof announced that Baiduri Capital, which is wholly owned by Baiduri Bank, will start operations shortly.  “Under Baiduri Capital, we intend to launch more investment products to cater to the diversified needs of investors”. Mr Imhof also touched on the expansion of two branches in Muara and Kuala Belait. “For better accessibility and to cater to the growing number of customers in Muara town, we relocated our Muara Branch, which now has two times the floor space, two times the staff and offers full banking services”.

To further increase and support the Oil and Gas Industry, Baiduri Finance branch in Kuala Belait has been relocated to bigger premises at Tang Ching Ying Building.  “The new location is next to our bank’s Kuala Belait Branch, where we had over the past year, opened a Corporate Banking Centre as well as a Prestige Centre to cater to the growing needs of our customers in the district”, added Mr. Imhof

The Baiduri Bank Group has continued to receive major international banking awards, bearing testament to its solid performance. This year alone, the Group was awarded “Domestic Retail Bank of the Year – Brunei 2014” award for the second consecutive year from the Asian Banking and Finance Magazine. Additionally, Standard & Poor’s, a major international rating agency gave Baiduri Bank an impressive credit rating of ‘BBB+/A-2’ with stable outlook, among the same rank as some of the major banks regionally. 

“Without the continuous support of our customers and associates, we will not have been able to achieve this, and for this, I would like to once again express our appreciation to all of you for the support and confidence given to us through the years,” concluded the CEO of Baiduri Bank.

Around 1,500 guests attended the event which included members of the royal family, ministers, senior government officials and prominent local business leaders and professionals. The guests also had the chance to be a part of a lucky draw where a total of 40 lucky draw prizes were given away. In addition, Mr. Pierre Imhof also presented 3 grand draw prizes to 3 lucky winners, and presented a token of appreciation to Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Fattaah.

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