Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Brunei Minister: Culture is the Key Driver of ASEAN Growth

YB Pehin Hazair, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports together with Haji Mohd Rozan, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and officers from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports

The ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture at the 6th AMCA Meeting in Hue City

JOANA TAN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - CULTURE continues to play a significant role as a driver and enabler for sustainable development in ASEAN, said the minister of Culture, Youth and Sports during the Sixth Meeting of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and the Arts (AMCA) and Related Meetings with dialogue partners held at Hue City, Vietnam recently.

“Culture forges a common ASEAN identity of humanity, a vehicle of social integration and civil society as well as a driver for knowledge and human intelligence.

“It is a means to eradicate poverty, create employment and economic growth,” said Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah.

He added that culture is the future economic growth engine towards sustainable development and knowledge.

A survey on creative and cultural industries potential to contribute to the ASEAN GDP is needed, he said.

“It (culture) is the source for knowledge creation, movement and evolution, economy, politics, social, medicine, maths and science, astronomy, biodiversity and oceanography,” he added.

He said that the disappearance of culture will lead to irreplaceable loss of valuable knowledge for the future generation.

Themed “Culture Toward Sustainable Development”, the meeting was chaired by Vietnam’s minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh and was declared open by Vietnamese deputy prime minister and minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh.

The meeting was also attended by ministers of Culture of ASEAN member states and the Secretary General of ASEAN.

Brunei Darussalam was elected the vice-chairman of the meeting.

In the meeting, YB Pehin Dato Hj Hazair also thanked the ASEAN members for contributing photographs and information to the project “Coffee table book on ASEAN Wonders” led by Brunei.

The book listed the major architectural, cultural and natural wonders of ASEAN, and is Brunei’s contribution towards ASEAN Connectivity and awareness.

The minister also attended related meetings with dialogue partners specifically the AMCA plus Three, the 2nd AMCA plus China, the inaugural AMCA plus Japan and the inaugural AMCA plus Republic of Korea.

Prior to the meeting, YB Pehin Dato Hj Hazair together with ministers of AMCA and Plus Three dialogue partners attended a courtesy call to Pham Binh Minh at the Indochine Premier Hotel, Hue City.

The minister also attended a dinner hosted by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam. He also made a courtesy call to the Chairman of the People’s Committee of Hue City and attended the closing ceremony of Hue Festival 2014.

Also part of the Brunei delegation were ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to Vietnam Pg Sahari Pg Salleh and permanent secretary of Culture and senior officers at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos.

The next AMCA and Related Meetings will be held in Brunei in 2016.

The Brunei Times

Monday, April 21, 2014

Another move....

I am in Hue City, Vietnam on the last day of the ASEAN Ministers of Culture Meeting (AMCA) when my wife phoned me about the announcement on several promotions and transfers including yours truly moving back to the Prime Minister's Office. I last served there in 2004 before being promoted as Managing Director of the Employees' Trust Fund Board in November 2004. The announcement in full:

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: By command of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) hereby announces that His Majesty has consented to the appointment and transfer of respective senior officers to the Prime Minister's Office.

Awg Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Defence and Development Policy), Ministry of Defence has been appointment as Permanent Secretary (International, Planning and Development Economy and Finance) at the Prime Minister's Office.

Following this appointment, Dato Paduka Awg Haji Mohd Roselan bin Haji Mohd Daud, has been tasked to head a new unit full-time in the Prime Minister's Office whose role will be to identify the main areas that need to be implemented by His Majesty's Government through certain agencies, and at the same time, conduct planning, monitor implementation and offer advice and assistance from time to time.

Awg Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Awg Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports to hold the post of Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister's Office.

Awg Haji Idris bin Haji Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications to hold the post of Deputy Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister's Office.

The date of appointment and transfer of the said officers will be effective from Monday, 21st of Jamadilakhir 1435H corresponding to April 21, 2014.

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Farewell to all the friends that I have made in MCYS over the last three years, among the best years of my life....

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

30th Brunei-United States Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations



U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Daniel Shields presented a plaque commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Brunei Darussalam and the United States of America to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng.



On Monday, March 31, 2014, U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Daniel Shields visited Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Lim Jock Seng and presented him with a plaque commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Brunei Darussalam and the United States of America.

This year, 2014, marks the thirtieth anniversary of not only Brunei Darussalam’s full independence in 1984 but also diplomatic relations between the United States and Brunei Darussalam. The relationship between our two countries actually dates back much longer than three decades, however. In fact, the two countries have one hundred and sixty nine (169) years of shared history, since the visit of the USS Constitution to Brunei in April 1845, which led to the signing of the U.S.-Brunei Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Commerce and Navigation that is still in effect today.On March 14, 2014, Ambassador Shields and other high-ranking officials from the U.S. Department of State visited the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Washington, D.C. for a reception hosted by Brunei Darussalam’s Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Dato Paduka Haji Yusoff bin Haji Abdul Hamid to recognize the thirtieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ambassador Shields also presented Ambassador Dato Paduka Haji Yusoff with a commemorative plaque for display at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Washington D.C to commemorate the opening of the Embassy in March 1984.

Ambassador Shields noted “Our relationship will continue to stand the test of time and the U.S. Embassy in Brunei Darussalam is pleased to be able to look ahead to an even brighter future for U.S.-Brunei cooperation.”

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