Brunei's Sustainable Development Through Culture

The Borneo Bulletin on 27th November 2013 reported on the following news about Culture being an important agenda in a nation's sustainable development which was stated by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports at the inaugural World Culture Forum in Bali.

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Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secre-tary at the ministry at the event. - PHOTO COURTESY OF MINISTRY OF CULTURE, YOUTH AND SPORTS
Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secre-tary at the ministry at the event. – PHOTO COURTESY OF MINISTRY OF CULTURE, YOUTH AND SPORTS
CULTURE is an important agenda in a nation’s sustainable development as it can address poverty, unemployment and sustainable development.

At the regional and international levels, diverse cultural linkages, understanding and appreciation as well as exchanges can further foster cooperation thus contributing to regional and global peace, stability and sustainable development.

This was highlighted by the Minister Of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, at the inaugural World Culture Forum, in Bali, a press release stated.

Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Hazair stressed the importance of both hard and soft culture in gearing towards sustainable development.

For hard culture to contribute towards sustainable development and addressing issues such as poverty eradication, rural development and tourism, it requires access to market and resources including capital as well as technology.

Soft culture, on the other hand, also has a strong impact on the sustainable development as it promotes cohesiveness and trust that bind members of the society together through values such as the spirit of giving, loyalty, pride and respect.

Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Hazair also shared Brunei Darussalam’s efforts through programmes and activities ensuring sustainable development through culture.

Such programmes include the three-month National Service Programme whose main components are self-esteem, religion and nationalism; discipline and physical training; entrepreneurship; and community service and volunteerism.

The programme encourages youths to acquire knowledge from various sources, to develop empathy with the society at large while maintaining their identity and roots.

Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Hazair concluded that this forum is very crucial in empowering the role of culture towards sustainable development as it encourages learning from each other, exchange of ideas and acquiring the best practice that can be applied in each nation’s different cultural settings.

The forum was inaugurated by Dato Laila Utama Dr Hj Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of the Republic of Indonesia. Twelve ministers of culture and their representatives attended the forum together with more than 800 registered participants from around the world.

It was held at the Bali International Convention Centre from the November 24 to 27.

During the forum, the ministers shared their respective countries’ experiences and their thoughts on the theme of the forum which is “The Power of Culture in Sustainable Development”. Seminars and roundtable discussions were also held for the participants.

Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Hazair also attended the opening ceremony dinner hosted by Professor Dr Muhammad Nuh, the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia and was also attended by the President of the Republic of Indonesia at Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali.

Also attending the World Cultural Forum was Brig Gen (Rtd) Dato Paduka Mahmud Haji Saidin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to Indonesia; Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary at the MCYS; and senior officers from the MCYS.

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