runei’s Development Minister In Singapore For Meeting On Transboundary Haze Pollution

Posted on February 17, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

–Borneo Bulletin–Bandar Seri Begawan – In an effort to address the regional challenges in terms of combating naturally-occurring air pollution, environment ministers from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are set to meet today in Singapore for the 11th Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC) on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

Representing the Sultanate is Minister of Development Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, who departed Brunei yesterday afternoon.

Over the next three days, the environment ministers will deliberate, discuss and review fire and haze occurrences, as well as weather conditions in the upcoming dry season.

They will also review collaborative programmes and activities in the region.

The minister is being accompanied by Awang Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, the Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the Ministry of Development, as well as other senior officials from the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation, Public Works Department, Fire & Rescue Department, Department of Civil Aviation and STEPS, Ministry of Education.

Present to bid the Brunei delegation farewell yesterday at Brunei International Airport were Permanent Secretary (Technical and Professional) Haji Suhaimi Haji Gafar, Deputy Permanent Secretary Haji Mohammad bin Haji Salleh, and other officials from the ministry.

Also present was Singaporean High Commissioner Dr Joseph Koh.

Whilst in Singapore, the minister will also attend the 5th Brunei-Singapore Annual Exchange of Visits, in which both countries will review and exchange views on the existing bilateral cooperation in the areas of solid waste management, air quality monitoring, water resource management and climate change.

Among other topics that will be discussed include new possible areas of environmental cooperation to be undertaken by Brunei and Singapore.

The minister is also scheduled to make visits to Tuas Incineration Plant and Marina Barrage. — 

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