Brunei's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Awg Lim Jock Seng, said Brunei is pleased to partner with the Commonwealth in offering mutual support for development, Commonwealth Secretariat website reported.
Pehin Lim told Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba during a visit to the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on May 14 that Brunei is committed to socio-economic development through its offer of scholarships to Commonwealth citizens to study at Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
He added that Brunei is also supportive of the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC), which provides capacity-building programmes for member countries. Brunei is among the top 10 contributors to the CFTC.
The Deputy Secretary-General said the Commonwealth is pleased to strengthen collaboration with Brunei in furthering the values of the Commonwealth in deepening democracy and enhancing development. She added that these goals underpin socio-economic and political sustainability.
Discussions also focused on progress in the drafting of the Commonwealth Charter, which will enshrine the shared principles of the association of 54 member countries.
The Deputy Secretary-General took the opportunity to brief the minister on outcomes of the Senior Officials Meeting held at the Secretariat on April 12 and 13 to follow up on the recommendations of the Eminent Persons Group for the reform of the Commonwealth, as well as the reform of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, to strengthen its role in upholding the association's fundamental political values.