The 13th Meeting of the Brunei-Singapore Cooperation on the Environment under the Annual Exchange of Visits, instituted by the 2015 Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Partnership in Environmental Affairs, was held in Singapore on 6 Sep 2019.
2 The Brunei Darussalam delegation was led by the Honourable Dato Seri Setia Ir. Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development, and comprised Dayang Dr. Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, Permanent Secretary (Planning, Landuse and Environment), and other senior officials from the Ministry of Development.
3 Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, led the Singapore delegation comprising Mr Albert Chua, 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 13th Brunei-Singapore Annual Exchange of Visits (13th BSAEV), the Ministers reaffirmed the strong bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore and reiterated their commitment to foster continual progress and deepen cooperation on environmental protection and management, environmental education and water resources management.
5 The Ministers welcomed the significant progress of collaborative activities between the two countries in the areas of solid waste management, air quality management, water resources management and environmental youth exchange programmes. In this regard, the Ministers endorsed the continued efforts in waste management in both countries, in particular, Brunei Darussalam’s Sungai Brunei Clean – up project and recycling, as well as Singapore’s Zero Waste Masterplan and Resource Sustainability Bill to address food waste, e-waste and packaging waste. The Ministers welcomed the useful exchanges of information on air quality management and monitoring, and supported the active participation of youths from Brunei Darussalam and Singapore in youth environmental programmes. The Ministers also noted the successful conclusion of the technical exchange programme in the areas of wastewater treatment and the planning, operation, maintenance and enforcement of sewer network.
6 The Ministers noted that Brunei Darussalam and Singapore will further strengthen exchanges in the management of water resources, through the sharing of experiences in building awareness of water conservation such as data analytics and metering, water efficiency labelling scheme, holistic planning and design of infrastructure through advanced predictive technologies, and development and management of desalination water treatment projects. Brunei Darussalam and Singapore will continue to collaborate to enhance water resilience and overcome future challenges in the management of water resources, and the use of meteorology and radars to manage flashfloods.
7 The Ministers agreed to explore new areas of cooperation, which will include, amongst other things, township planning, housing, and modernisation of infrastructure towards eco-smart districts to promote socio-economic growth and environmental sustainability. The Ministers also agreed to step up exchanges in the areas of zero waste, circular economy and climate change.
8 Both countries 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.
9 The delegates also participated in friendly games organised at the 13th BSAEV to build camaraderie among officials of both countries.
10 Brunei will host the 14th BSAEV in 2020.
Jointly Issued By:
Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore
Ministry of Development, Brunei Darussalam