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Brunei-Russia: Visa Free Entry for Brunei in Russian Far East

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Visa-free entry for Bruneians in Russian Far East
on: April 19, 2017

| Hakim Hayat |

BRUNEI citizens can visit the Russian Far East without visas, the Russian Prime Minister said.

A list of 18 countries including Brunei Darussalam has been approved whose citizens can obtain electronic single entry business, tourist or humanitarian visas when entering the Russian Federation through checkpoints at the free port of Vladivostok, Dmitry Medvedev announced on Monday.

Apart from Brunei, the list includes Algeria, Bahrain, India, Qatar, People’s Republic of China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey and Japan.

According to the prime minister, the move is expected to facilitate trade and investment into the area and enhance bilateral ties.

“This initiative is aimed at enhancing the investment appeal of the region and expanding business ties by facilitating projects involving foreign companies and …

Permanent Secretaries and Deputies in Brunei (Updated 18 April 2017)

Several transfers and promotions were announced tonight (18 April 2017). The new list of Permanent Secretaries and Deputies are as follows:

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PERMANENT SECRETARIES

Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
Dato Paduka Haji Jamain bin Haji Julaihi (Energy)
Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman (Economy and Finance)
Dato Paduka Haji Joanda HA Rashid (Law and Welfare)
Pengiran Datin Shazainah bte Pg Dato Paduka Shariffudin (International)*
Md Riza bin Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos (Media and Cabinet)
Haji Md Azmi bin Haji Hanifah (Industry)
Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohammad (Corporate Affairs and Civil Service)

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

Ministry of Finance (MOF)
Ahmaddin bin Haji Abd Rahman (International and Management)
Norliah bte Kula (Performance)*

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)
Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi
Datin Tan Bee Yong*
Dato Paduka Haji Matnor bin Haji Jeludin
Sheikh Haji Fadilah bin Sheikh Haji Ahmad
Emaleen bte Abdul Rahman Teo*

Mini…

Brunei Children Nostalgia 1960s to 1980s

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Nostalgia kanak-kanak di zaman dahulu
Apr 15, 2017

Oleh Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman

KANAK-KANAK di Kampong Ayer pada zaman dahulu sudah pandai berenang sejak kecil lagi dan mula mengayuh perahu untuk mengambil air apabila disuruh oleh ibu bapa mereka. Mereka selalunya mengayuh bersama kawan-kawan seangkatan mereka dengan menggunakan perahu semasa air pasang.

Pada zaman itu kanak-kanak tidak suka membantah dan mahu melakukan apa saja yang diarahkan oleh orang tua mereka dengan mengayuh perahu hingga ke kawasan tambing untuk membeli ikan segar di kedai dengan tidak mengira penat lelah. Perahu adalah satu alat kemudahan terpenting dan terbaik di sana.

Golongan dewasa dan pemuda-pemuda juga turut sama mengayuh perahu, pendek kata apa saja acara atau majlis yang diadakan di Kampong Ayer pada zaman itu, kesemuanya menggunakan perahu sebagai alat perhubungan.

Segala kisah dan peristiwa ini adalah satu kenangan lama yang tidak dapat dilupakan oleh penulis sehingga sekarang. Sekitar tahun 1960, jika…

Brunei: Fighting to Protect Forest

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Brunei fighting tooth and nail to protect forest
on: April 15, 2017

DEER is the prime target of hunters while wood is the favourite of encroachers of Brunei forests that are rich in flora and fauna.

However, their movements have been effectively restricted with the ever-alert forest officials thwarting every attempt to intrude into the wild with high-precision anti-poaching measures.

The country incurred losses amounting to $95,000 last year due to forest poaching. Wood stealing constituted the biggest loss totalling $44,000 and this includes the pricey agarwood worth $37,000 and mangrove products worth $13,000.

According to Forestry Officer at the Development and Forestry Industry Management Reni bin Haji Yahya, Forestry Department officers, Ranger Police and other government agencies conducted 174 forest patrols last year and 24 operations detected illicit activities in the Brunei forests.

Briefing agricultural and forestry entrepreneurs on Forestry Act Chapter 46 of the Laws of Brunei on…

Brunei Shell Petroleum Finds New Oil in 2017

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BSP finds oil in Lumut
on: April 13, 2017

| Danial Norjidi |

BRUNEI Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) has achieved an exciting new success in exploration as it made its first significant onshore discovery in 37 years with its Layang-Layang Well in the Lumut area.

The achievement was announced in a joint press statement yesterday by BSP and the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO).

The Layang-Layang oil and gas discovery is the first of its kind as it confirms a new geological concept called a Shale diapir trap which was interpreted from seismic data and Brunei field outcrop studies.

A Shale diapir is a large cavity injected with Shale under high subsurface pressure, and had never previously been considered as a valid trap mechanism for BSP until now.

According to the statement, what makes this discovery particularly remarkable is the application of new, advanced seismic processing technology to existing older data.

This new technology enabled the …

Brunei Darussalam: Growth on Horizon

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Growth on horizon
on: April 12, 2017

RIDING on the back of an Asian recovery and its own ambitious diversification strides, Brunei is poised to register an economic turnaround in the next few years if figures forecast by prominent global financial institutions are anything to go by.

The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and more recently the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have attributed the Sultanate’s rebound, though not massive compared to some of its Asian counterparts, to a slew of farsighted measures currently being implemented by the government.

At the core of the government’s diversification mission is opening up the economy to foreign direct investment (FDI) by slashing the corporate income tax rate to 18.5 per cent with tax exemptions for pioneer industries, allowing 100 per cent foreign ownership in domestic companies, competitively pricing land and utilities in industrial parks and establishing a special office in the Brunei Economic Development Board to fast-tra…

Brunei Darussalam: Economy Set To Rebound

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Economy set to rebound
on: April 11, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

AFTER several years of declining gross domestic product (GDP), falling consumer prices and widening fiscal deficits, Brunei Darussalam is poised for a mild turnaround, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said.

Large construction projects and recovering oil and gas production and prices are expected to lift GDP and inflation into positive territory and narrow the fiscal gap.

Sustainable long-term growth demands substantial reforms to the business environment to attract foreign investors to new industries, the bank said in its Asia Development Outlook (ADO) 2017 for Brunei Darussalam published recently.

A projected modest increase in hydrocarbon exports for higher prices should restore GDP growth this year and next. Several large construction projects will provide additional impetus if they proceed as planned.

GDP is forecast to grow by one per cent in 2017, quickening to 2.5 per cent in 2018. Inflation is forecast to be 0.1 per…

TOTAL Activities in Lumut, Brunei

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Perkongsian aktiviti Total di Lumut
Apr 8, 2017


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 7 April – Total E&P Borneo B.V., hari ini, telah mengadakan Majlis Penglibatan Komuniti dan Pihak Berkepentingan bersama masyarakat Lumut yang berlangsung di Kelab Rekreasi Liang Lumut.

Antara yang hadir termasuk para perwakilan daripada jiran-jiran perindustrian Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Brunei Methanol Sdn Bhd (BMC) dan Syarikat Minyak Brunei Shell Sdn Bhd (BSP), agensi-agensi kerajaan yang termasuk pegawai pemerintah Batalion Ketiga Angkatan Bersenjata Diraja Brunei, perwakilan daripada Balai Bomba Sungai Liang dan Pasukan Polis Diraja Brunei, ketua Kampung Lumut serta penduduk dari kawasan Sungai Liang dan Lumut.

Objektif majlis itu adalah untuk mengongsikan dan memberikan kemas kini mengenai aktiviti-aktiviti dan operasi Total di Lumut terutamanya di loji pemprosesannya.

Antara kandungan taklimat termasuk kesedaran keselamatan bagi komuniti mengenai laluan talian paip Total dari loji pemprosesan ke SCOT dan pe…

His Majesty Sultan Brunei Officiates Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam Mosque Sengkarai

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His Majesty joins first Friday prayer at Kg Sengkarai mosque
on: April 08, 2017

| Azaraimy HH |

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 joined residents of Kampong Sengkarai and its surrounding areas for the first Friday prayer at the newly-built Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam Mosque in Kampong Sengkarai.

Upon arrival, the monarch was received by Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman and State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.

His Majesty was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul…

SENGENICS: Biotech Stimulus for Brunei's Diversification Efforts

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Biotech stimulus for diversification effort
on: April 04, 2017

| Wani Roslan |

SENGENICS, a leading genomics and proteomics-based research and diagnostics company in the region, yesterday launched a world-class, commercially driven facility in Brunei Darussalam.

Opened at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)’s Integrated Science building, the state-of-the art Sengenics Immunome Production Facility is expected to give a fresh momentum to the economic diversification efforts of the country and intensify the development of cutting-edge knowledge industry through innovation and technology.

The new facility will offer protein cloning and expression services using the patented BCCP (biotin carboxyl carrier protein) folding marker technology from Sengenics.

According to Sengenics Chief Executive Officer Dr Arif Anwar, in the last six months alone, Sengenics has secured commercial projects from five out of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world.

The new set-up will also play a key r…

3rd Islamic Governance Symposium at University Brunei Darussalam

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Seven papers presented at Islamic Governance symposium
on: April 02, 2017

THE Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Universiti Brunei Da-russalam (UBD) held its Third Annual Symposium on Islamic governance at the Senate Room, Chancellor Hall, UBD yesterday.

The event followed a series of symposia held over the past two years that focused specifically on the emerging discipline and practice of Islamic governance and its relationships with policy, government, and society.

With the theme ‘Integrating Organisational Functions within an Islamic System of Governance’, the one-day symposium included discussions on how organisations, consisting of individuals, can function as a cohesive collective to create an environment that is conducive for the worship of Allah the Almighty.

The symposium also highlighted four principal components of Islamic governance: the theological, the juristic, its values and the cultural context, where it is against these backgrounds that different possible perspectives, is…

Hengyi Brunei Investments Raises Optimism, Creates Jobs

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Hengyi investment raises optimism, says Minister
on: March 28, 2017

| Danial Norjidi |

THE Hengyi Industries’ Crude Oil Refinery and Aromatics Cracker Complex project on Pulau Muara Besar is a testament to Brunei’s attractiveness to reputable international companies as one of the top destinations for foreign direct investments.

This point was made by Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance II, in his keynote speech during the Implementation Agreement signing yesterday between Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd, the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Brunei Economic Development Board.

“The signing of this Implementation Agreement is a significant milestone for Brunei Darussalam in its continued objective towards a more conducive and pro-business environment,” he said.

“As such, I am happy to be joined today by fellow members of the Steering …

Pulau Muara Besar (PMB): US$3.45 billion Hengyi's Investment

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Milestone PMB deal
on: March 28, 2017

| Danial Norjidi |

HENGYI Industries Sdn Bhd, Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO) and Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) signed an Implementation Agreement yesterday, marking a significant milestone in the progress to develop an oil refinery and aromatics plant at Pulau Muara Besar (PMB).

During the signing ceremony Hengyi also announced its Final Investment Decision (FID) of US$3.445 billion for the development of the refinery and petrochemical complex.

The project is expected to be completed in 2019.

The signing took place at the Empire Hotel & Country Club between EIDPMO as regulator, BEDB as facilitator and Hengyi as project proponent.

Present as the guest of honour at the event was Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance II. Senior government officials, state dignitaries and indu…

Malay Islamic Monarchy: Practice and Appreciation (MIB Series)

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Malay Islamic Monarchy: Practice and Appreciation
on: March 27, 2017

| Dr Haji Muhammad Hadi bin Md Melayong
Senior Special Duties Officer, Secretariat Office, MIB Supreme Council |

SINCE the proclamation of Brunei Darussalam as a Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) state in 1984, 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 has been tirelessly advising his subjects to not only practise, but to understand and appreciate the values of MIB.

He had decreed that MIB is a gift from Allah the Almighty and the pearl of the nation that acts as a firewall to filter foreign influences that may contradict with Brunei values.

Since Brunei Darussalam achieved its independence 33 years ago, approximately 49 titahs touching on MIB topics have been delivered by His Majesty.

He had stressed the importance of MIB as a way of life for Bruneians which should be practi…

HM Sultan Brunei: Foster Savings Habit in Children

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Foster saving habit in children, urges Sultan
on: March 26, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

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 urged parents and guardians to nurture the habit of saving among children and encourage them to be prudent in spending.

Delivering a titah during an event to celebrate Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei’s (TAIB) 25th anniversary yesterday at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, His Majesty said inculcating the habit of saving from childhood will not only help strengthen the finances of both the children and their families but also enhance the country’s economy.

“I would like to recall the original purpose of TAIB’s establishment – which is to become an institution that acts as a catalyst to nurture the habit of saving among children from school age till they have their own family,” His Majesty sai…

TAIB Supports Islamic Financial Institutions Vision

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Perbadanan TAIB supports vision of Islamic financial institution
on: March 26, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

THE setting up of Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB) is the starting point of an Islamic financial institution in the country to support the far-sighted vision of 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 to establish an Islamic financial institution to carry out a financial system without interest, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports who is also the Chairman of Perbadanan TAIB Board of Directors said.

Speaking at Perbadanan TAIB’s 25th anniversary celebrations at the International Convention Centre, Berakas yesterday, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi said Perbadanan TAIB was set up on Septe…

Brunei Fostering Sustainable Forestry Industry

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Brunei fostering sustainable forestry industry
on: March 22, 2017

| James Kon |

IN LINE with the recently-launched strategic plan of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), the Forestry Department has launched a slew of initiatives to create a sustainable forestry industry in the country.

The department’s latest mission is focussed on the utilisation of modern technology to increase productivity and develop products for the export market while keeping up with the continuous conservation efforts to protect the nation’s rich forest resources, said Noralinda binti Haji Ibrahim, Acting Director of Forestry under the MPRT.

“We have been able keep the balance between socio-economic and environmental interests for the prosperity of the people and nation,” she noted while speaking at an event to mark the International Day of Forests 2017 held at the Berakas Forest Reserve Recreation Park.

According to Noralinda, the strategic plan will be beneficial to the forestry-relat…

Brunei Minister of Home Affairs: 17 FDI Firms Create 1,321 Jobs

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17 FDI firms create 1,321 jobs
on: March 21, 2017I

| Azlan Othman |

THE government has managed to attract foreign investors to the country, and will continue striving to provide an ecosystem conducive to making Brunei Darussalam an attractive foreign direct investment (FDI) destination, in an effort to diversify the national economy, said YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs.

In his wrap-up speech on the 11th day of the 13th Legislative Council session yesterday, the minister said it is undeniable that the presence of FDI companies has contributed to national economic growth. At present, 17 foreign companies are operating in the country, providing employment to 1,321 local workers – or 58 per cent of the total number of employees under their hire, he said.

In fact, many foreign companies hire more local employees compared to foreign workers. Examples of such companies include Brunei Methanol Company…

Brunei Development Budget 2017/2018 - $1 billion

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$1 billion for 10th NDP
on: March 19, 2017

| Hakim Hayat |

THE slower pace of economic growth due to global oil price woes and a tight overall budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal did not deter the government to do a pump-priming to catalise the economy.

A budget totalling $1 billion has been proposed to fund projects and programmes under the 10th National Development Plan (NDP) during the new financial year, a 30 per cent increase compared to the $700 million allocated for the 2016-17 NDP.

This was announced by YB Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim, the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Minister of Finance II, on the 10th day of the 13th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.

During the budget deliberation, he said that the new financial year’s proposed budget for the 10th NDP has been devised to sustain the focus and priorities of the budget theme for 2017-2018 which emphasises objective spending to support su…

Brunei's Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries (Updated 18 March 2017)

Two new Permanent Secretary and Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Development has been announced.

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PERMANENT SECRETARIES

Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
Dato Paduka Yahya bin Haji Idris (Corporate Affairs and Civil Service)
Dato Paduka Haji Jamain bin Haji Julaihi (Energy)
Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman (Economy and Finance)
Dato Paduka Haji Joanda HA Rashid (Law and Welfare)
Pengiran Datin Shazainah bte Pg Dato Paduka Shariffudin (International)*
Md Riza bin Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos (Media and Cabinet)
Haji Md Azmi bin Haji Hanifah (Industry)

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

Ministry of Finance (MOF)
Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohammad (Management and International)
Ahmaddin bin Haji Abd Rahman (Performance)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)
Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi
Datin Tan Bee Yong*
Dato Paduka Haji Matnor bin Haji Jeludin
Sheikh Haji Fadilah bin Sheikh Haji Ahmad
Emaleen bte Abdul Rahman Teo*

Ministry of Home Affa…