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IMF Report on Brunei Darussalam 2018

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently did a report on Brunei. The report's link is here. But the text can be read in this blog.

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2018 Article IV Consultation with Brunei Darussalam
October 10, 2018

On September 17, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Brunei Darussalam.

Brunei Darussalam’s economy has been adjusting well to lower oil prices since 2014, with the authorities undertaking wide-ranging reforms. The decline in oil and gas (O&G) prices led to large budget deficits and narrower current account surpluses. In response, the authorities in 2015 launched a reform program aimed at: (i) ensuring long-term fiscal sustainability and intergenerational equity and (ii) fostering economic diversification by improving the business climate. These reforms have started to bear fruit, as growth has begun to rebound and inflation has returned to positive territory.…

University Technology Brunei (UTB) now a Five-Star University

UTB now a five-Star university
August 15, 2018

UNIVERSITI Teknologi Brunei (UTB) has been recognised as a five-star university based on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Star Rating System after achieving five Stars overall and five Stars in six out of the seven categories, namely, Teaching, Employability, Internationalisation, Facilities, Social Responsibility and Inclusiveness.

QS has upgraded UTB from a four-star rated university, making it the only university in the Sultanate with five Stars for overall excellence. QS Stars is an international rating system that provides institutions with a broader range of criteria that allows them to stand out in particular areas of excellence.

A total of 208 universities were star-rated this year; 11 universities including Nanyang Technological University (NTU) were rated 5+ Stars and 43 universities including UTB were rated five Stars. Other universities which also achieved five Stars include Boston University in the US; Aston University, the Uni…

Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries in Brunei (August 2018)

The list of Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries in the Brunei Government as of August 2018 with several new appointments:

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PERMANENT SECRETARIES

Prime Minister's Office (PMO)

Pengiran Datin Shazainah bte Pg Dato Paduka Shariffudin (International)*
Md Riza bin Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos (Media and Cabinet)
Lt Col (R) Pengiran Sazali bin Pengiran Yakob (Security)
Haji Mohd Rosli bin Haji Ibrahim (Law and Welfare)

Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
Capt (Rtd) Abdul Rahman bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar

Ministry of Finance (MOF)

Norliah bte Kula (Performance)*

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)

Datin Tan Bee Yong*
Dato Paduka Haji Matnor bin Haji Jeludin
Emaleen bte Abdul Rahman Teo*
Hajah Siti Norishan bte Hj Abd Ghafor*

Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)
Md Amir Hairil Bin Awang Haji Mahmud (Safety, Welfare and Law)
Salminan bin Haji Burut (Municipal and District)

Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA)

Dato Seri Setia Haji Abd Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Ha…

Data Perangkaan Pelancong Negara Brunei Darussalam 2017

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sabtu, 7 April. - Pada tahun 2017, jumlah ketibaan pelancong antarabangsa ke Negara Brunei Darussalam melalui Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Brunei telah meningkat sebanyak 18.3% daripada 218,809 pelancong pada tahun 2016 kepada 258,955 pelancong yang mana kenaikan ini telah melebihi pencapaian yang disasarkan pada tahun 2017 iaitu sebanyak 10%. Pencapaian ini telah merekodkan ketibaan pelancong antarabangsa melalui udara yang tertinggi sejak tahun 2011 iaitu seramai 242,061 pelancong.

(Jadual 1 : Ketibaan Pelancong Antarabangsa, 2016 and 2017)

Dalam tempoh tiga tahun yang lepas, pertumbuhan ketibaan pelancong telah menunjukkan kesan positif yang berterusan dalam industri pelancongan di Negara Brunei Darussalam dengan catatan yang mantap berakhirnya tahun 2017 sebanyak 18.3 peratus (y-o-y). Ini terutamanya disebabkan oleh permintaan perjalanan (travel demand) yang tinggi dari pasaran-pasaran utama sejak bulan Januari 2017, pengenalan dan penambahbaikan kepada beber…

Konsep Tadbir Urus Islam, Sistem Padu dan Holistik​

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Konsep tadbir urus Islam, sistem padu dan holistik​
Oleh : Hajah Siti Zuraihah Haji Awang Sulaiman / Foto : Dk. Nur Hafilah Pg. Osman

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sabtu, 7 April. - Simposium Tahunan Tadbir Urus Islam (Islamic Governance Symposium) Keempat anjuran Institut Kajian Dasar (IPS) Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), antara lain mengongsikan beberapa langkah dan cadangan yang boleh diambil tindakan untuk memanfaatkan tadbir urus Islam sebagai sistem penting untuk pengurusan konflik yang berkesan.

Simposium tersebut merupakan lanjutan daripada siri simposium yang telah diadakan sebelum ini, yang membincangkan ciri-ciri sistem tadbir urus Islam, objektifnya, peranan dan tanggungjawab individu dan kumpulan dalam rangka kerja tersebut.

Simposium tahun ini membawa tema 'Konflik Tadbir Urus (The Governance of Conflict)' menggariskan terhadap konflik-konflik yang mungkin tidak dapat dielakkan yang timbul pada pelbagai peringkat sosial, politik, dan ekonomi.

Dalam usaha umat Islam me…

Brunei Government Budget 2018/19 B$5.3 billion

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B$5.3B budget passed
March 21, 2018

| Azlan Othman |

THE Legislative Council (LegCo) yesterday unanimously passed the national budget of B$5.3 billion for the Financial Year 2018/2019, which takes effect on April 1, 2018.

With the passing of the budget, the 14th LegCo session came to a close after 12 days of deliberations.

The budget for the new financial year was announced by Minister of Finance II YB Dato Seri Paduka Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah on the third day of the LegCo session on March 7, 2018.

It was discussed over the past 12 days by the Cabinet Ministers and appointed LegCo members and approved without any amendment. In his closing remarks yesterday, Special Adviser to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, YB Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Diraja Dato Laila Utam…

For the First Time, Villagers Walk Ashore

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For the first time the villagers walk ashore

MARCH 15, 1958 – A new picture of Brunei Mosque taken from the staging of what will be a pier to extend several hundreds of yards into the Water Village.

The villagers were not slow to connect their house to the staging with planks and so, for the first time ever, they have been walking ashore instead of going by perahu. Soon, a large semi-circular mole is to be built which will embrace the pier and serve to form two artificial lagoons.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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Special issue of stamps will commemorate opening of mosque

MARCH 8, 1958 – To commemorate the opening of Brunei’s new $6M mosque, which is expected to take place some time in September this year, a special issue of stamps has been ordered, and these will become available at all post offices in the state from the opening day.

It is stressed, however, that the issue will be a limited one comprising three denominations only: eight, 15 and 35 cents. Proofs from the designers, UK …