Standard Chartered Bank’s (SCB) First Ever Global Belt and Road Relay running event spanning the ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative reached Brunei Darussalam yesterday.

The Belt and Road Relay event aims to highlight the bank’s continued commitment to communities and businesses globally.

Led by eight staff athletes from Standard Chartered, selected from the bank’s different branches in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, the group participates in running events across 44 Belt and Road markets within a 90-day period.

SCB Brunei employees joined the eight staff athletes for a scenic 7.5-kilometre run passing by Bandar Seri Begawan’s most iconic sights.

The route, which started at SCB Brunei’s head office in the capital, brought the group of runners past Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien, the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas and the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge. The run concluded at Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas.

SCB Brunei Chief Executive Officer Pengiran Aki Ismasufian bin Pengiran Haji Ibrahim said, “SCB Brunei is proud to be part of this historic relay which showcases our unique position to be the one bank for the Belt and Road initiative.

“We cover two-thirds of the Belt and Road markets, and with our rich heritage and deep local knowledge, we are ideally placed to help our partners and clients and local communities make the most of the initiative.”

The eight staff athletes were hosted to a breakfast with colleagues at the SCB Brunei Headquarters after the run, where they shared their running experiences, impressions of Brunei and some examples of how Standard Chartered is involved with Belt and Road projects around the world.

The Standard Chartered Belt and Road Relay kicked off in Hong Kong on February 17 in conjunction with the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon and will end in China on May 11 after the Belt and Road Forum. Brunei is the 11th market that the staff athletes have been to so far.

The Belt and Road initiative is core to Standard Chartered. In 2017, the bank committed additional financing for Belt and Road projects of at least USD20 billion by 2020, and was involved in more than 50 Belt and Road deals worth more than USD10 billion across a range of products and services.