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Press Release - Joint Press Statement for 11th Brunei-Singapore Annual Exchange of Visits (BSAEV)

        The Eleventh Meeting of Brunei-Singapore Cooperation on the Environment under the Annual Exchange of Visit, instituted by the 2015 Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Partnership in Environmental Affairs, was held in Singapore on 21 April 2017.

 

2     The Brunei Darussalam delegation was led by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Bahrin bin Abdullah, Minister of Development, and comprised Awang Haji Muhammad Lutfi bin Abdullah, Permanent Secretary (Administration & Finance), and other senior officials from the Ministry of Development and Ministry of Education.

 

3     Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources led the Singapore delegation, comprising Mr Choi Shing Kwok, Permanent Secretary, and other senior officials from the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, National Environment Agency and PUB, Singapore’s national water agency.

 

4     During the 11th BSAEV, the Ministers reaffirmed the outstanding bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore and reiterated their commitment to foster continual progress and deepen cooperation on environmental and water issues.

 

5     The Ministers welcomed the steady progress of collaborative activities between the two countries in the areas of solid waste management, air quality management, water resources management, land-use planning and environment youth exchange. The Ministers also exchanged views on environmental issues on the regional and international agenda such as sustainable consumption and production, and reiterated their commitment to cooperate with other ASEAN member states to advance regional environmental interests to achieve sustainable development and provide a healthy and clean living environment for the people.

 

6     The Ministers endorsed the continued collaboration in waste management in both countries, in particular, the exchange of experiences in the areas of recycling food waste and e-waste as well as waste collection and disposal. The Ministers welcomed the useful exchange of information on air quality management and monitoring, which included air quality reporting systems pertaining to PM10 and PM2.5 for air pollution and haze monitoring in our region. The Ministers also supported the active participation of youths from Brunei Darussalam and Singapore in both countries’ youth environmental programmes, which will not only promote greater environmental awareness but also deepen people-to-people ties.

 

7     The Ministers noted that Brunei Darussalam and Singapore will further strengthen exchanges in water resources management through the sharing of knowledge in technological advancements in drainage and sewerage management, and water supply management. Brunei Darussalam and Singapore will continue to collaborateto enhance water resilience and overcome future challenges in water resources management.

 

8     In conjunction with the 11th Brunei-Singapore Annual Exchange of Visits, the delegates also participated in friendly games to build camaraderie among officials of both countries.

 

9     Brunei Darussalam will host the Twelfth Brunei-Singapore Annual Exchange of Visits in 2018.

 

Jointly Issued By:

Ministry of Development, Brunei Darussalam

Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

 

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