Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sultan Brunei Meets Italian Prime Minister and Dutch Prime Minister

The Sultan during talks with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the MiCo Congressi Convention Centre in Milan. Infofoto

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a bilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.


RACHEL THIEN

MILAN, Friday, October 17, 2014 - HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday held two more bilateral meetings with the prime ministers of Italy and The Netherlands on the sidelines of the 10th Asia-Europe Summit Meetings (ASEM).

The Sultan first met with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the MiCo Congressi Convention Centre, where they discussed bilateral issues and cooperation between Brunei and the Netherlands.

Both His Majesty and the prime minister exchanged views on regional and international matters of mutual concern.

The monarch then held another bilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Italy is currently hosting the 10th ASEM Summit.

They discussed bilateral issues and cooperation. His Majesty and Prime Minister Renzi had the opportunity to exchange views related to Europe and other regions.

Present during both meetings were Minister of Finance II at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Abd Rahman Hj Ibrahim; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng, and Non-Resident Ambassador of Brunei to Italy Dato Paduka Zainidi Hj Sidup.

The Brunei Times

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Brunei Energy Minister: Brunei Commits Green Development

(L-R) Dato’ Saw Choo Boon, President of Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers; Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State Ministry of Industry and Trade Singapore; YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar, Brunei's Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office; Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Malaysia's Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water; Say Samal, Cambodia's Minister of Energy, in a Minister-Industry Dialogue during the 5th International GreenTech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference (IGEM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Picture: Courtesy of EDPMO

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MALAYSIA, Saturday, October 18, 2014 - BRUNEI Darussalam stressed its commitment to pursuing green development in order to develop the energy sector in a sustainable manner.

This was brought up by Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar, who was also one of the invited panellists in a Minister-Industry Dialogue during the Fifth International GreenTech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference (IGEM) on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO) in a statement yesterday said that the aforementioned commitment is in line with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s address at the recent UN Climate Summit where His Majesty announced Brunei’s commitment to 63 per cent reduction of primary energy consumption by 2035 from the business-as-usual scenario with 2009 as the baseline.

On the renewable energy front, Brunei aims to have at least 10 per cent share of renewable energy in the total electricity generation mix by 2035.

In the pursuit towards achieving sustainable energy, EDPMO said it has implemented electricity tariff reform in 2012, and is introducing various measures such as standards and labelling, and building energy efficiency code in collaboration with the Ministry of Development.

“There is a need for more innovative solutions to provide for sustainable green development,” added YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohammad Yasmin.

The dialogue provides a platform for ministers and industry representatives to have in-depth discussion pertaining opportunities and potentials of green growth in the region. One of the key takeaways of the dialogue is the need for policymakers to create a conducive environment for the private sector to invest in green technologies.

Among the participants of the dialogue were ministers from Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore with the industry represented by the President of Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers and the President of Malaysian Green Business Association.

Under the theme “Generating Green Wealth in Spurring the Nation’s Prosperity”, the 5th IGEM was organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia (KeTTHA).

Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Hj Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin officiated at the annual event.

The objective of IGEM 2014 is to provide a platform for industry players to showcase the latest innovative development of green technology and eco-products as well as to seek high-level collaboration and technology transfer for green growth development.

During the event, EDPMO also participated in the IGEM Exhibition to showcase Brunei’s green growth initiatives that include energy-efficient technologies as part of its efforts to reduce energy consumption. —Sally Piri

The Brunei Times

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sultan Brunei: Brunei Do Not Condone Terrorism

His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei with Leaders from Asia and Europe at the 10th Asia-Europe Summit in Milan.


RACHEL THIEN

MILAN, Friday, October 17, 2014 - HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah before fellow leaders from Asia and Europe made it clear that the Sultanate does not stand for terrorism, and called on regional and international partners to work in combatting its roots.

During the Second Plenary Session at the 10th Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM) Meeting here in Milan, the monarch said increasing violence and brutality perpetrated by terrorist groups has sparked deep concern among ASEM member states.

The Sultan stressed that Brunei strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms, and totally rejects extremism and radicalism.

His Majesty said Brunei supports the recent UN Security Council Resolutions (2170) and (2178) to suppress the activities of terrorist groups.

Brunei, like other ASEM member countries, believes that the root causes of terrorism and extremism should be addressed in a comprehensive manner, the ruler added.

The monarch welcomed Malaysia’s proposal to host a symposium on countering radicalisation, which he said will help to highlight the many different facets in dealing with counter-terrorism.

His Majesty said he hoped to see more information-sharing and capacity-building between enforcement agencies, both regionally and internationally to address the issue.

The Sultan also encouraged inter-faith dialogues to be held to promote tolerance and understanding, and to counter the views and activities of extremists.

During the second plenary session leaders discussed the “Europe-Asia Partnership in addressing global matters in an inter-connected world’’.

His Majesty also spoke on the importance of people-to-people ties, and said fostering these relationships is an important element in enhancing ASEM’s relevance to its society.

Programme exchanges like the EU’s Horizon 2020 offer many practical opportunities in capacity building and technology transfer that are valuable to students, think-tanks and researchers in Asia, said His Majesty.

His Majesty said he believed these interactions will allow students the opportunity to contribute to discussions on inter-regional and global challenges they face.

The Sultan also welcomed ASEM students to Brunei next May to participate in a workshop aimed at promoting entrepreneurship.

Meanwhile, His Majesty said ASEM’s contribution would be valuable in garnering support on specific issues towards the United Nation’s post-2015 Development Agenda and in contemplating a new climate agreement next year.

This is where a partnership within ASEM was appreciated, in terms of promoting low-carbon technology transfer to developing countries by making it affordable and accessible to all, His Majesty said.

His Majesty said he hoped that ASEM will continue to draw strength from its diversity, and focus on the synergies and common interests that will help bring ASEM’s work in the next decade to a higher level.

Accompanying the monarch were Minister of Finance II at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Abd Rahman Hj Ibrahim and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng.

The Sultan last night attend a dinner reception hosted by Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy in conjunction with the 10th Asia-Europe Summit Meeting.

The dinner reception was held at the Palazzo Reale, Italy.

The Brunei Times

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sultan Brunei meet EU President at 10th ASEM

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vintage Brunei Measuring Devices


Many young people do not know what these are. These were used by the Brunei Business Establishments, at the markets, at the provision shops. The Dacing or weighing scale was used to measure weights of goods being sold. These were used until about 1973 or thereabouts as Brunei changed to the metric system. The Dacing measures weights using 'katis' which is the local weighing term. During the conversion I remember the PR which keeps saying that one kati is equal to 600 grams.

The Gantang together with its accessories, the Cupak, the Cupak 4 and Cupak 8 are used to measure volumes of goods to be sold off. One gangtang is equal to 4 cupak. These were used probably much earlier.

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