Forum for more business gains

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THE Brunei Forum 2008 begins today in Singapore held among senior ministers, government figures and business leaders with an interest in Brunei's economic future, unwrapping business opportunities to be developed.

The two day event, co-organised by the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) and the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISEAS) is planned to promote awareness of the sultanate and create opportunities for learning and collaboration between Brunei and the Asean countries.

Today's assembly will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore where His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade will present the inaugural Southeast Asia Lecture titled 'A Southeast Asia Community — More Than a matter of Geography,' during lunch.

Session one of the forum will begin with Dato Paduka Timothy Ong, acting chairman of the BEDB, in his presentation titled, 'Brunei's Changing Economic Landscape: New Opportunities for Business'.

His presentation will be followed by an open discussion led by; Tareq Muhmood, CEO of HSBC Brunei, Kinya Tsuji, CEO of Brunei Methanol Company, Louis Heuze, general manager at TOTAL Brunei and Dr Linda Low, head of strategy from Abu Dhabi's department of planning and economy. The discussion will be chaired by Haslina Taib, CEO of BAG networks.

Session two will comprise of a presentation by Dato Paduka Hamdillah Abdul Wahab, deputy minister of Industry and Primary Resources and chairman of the Brunei Tourism board, titled 'Brunei at the Heart of Borneo: What it means for ecotourism, the region and the world'.

An open discussion will follow, led by Dato Mikail Kavanagh, World Wildlife Federation Special Advisor to the Heart of Borneo, Malaysia, Dr Victor Savage, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore and Dr Lena Chen, deputy director of the Biodiversity Centre, Singapore.

Day two of the Brunei Forum 2008 will take the senior participants to the ISEAS, where the last three sessions will be held.

Session three will begin with an address, 'Developing Human Resources for the Challenges of the 21st century' made by Pehin Dato Hj Abdul Rahman, Minister of Education. An open forum discussion will be led by senior representatives at ISEAS and United Nations Development Programme.

Session four will begin with an address by Pehin Dato Haji Yahya, Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office entitled, 'Managing Energy Resources in a Energy Scarce World' and the last session an address by second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng about 'Brunei in Asean: Past Present and Future'.

The Brunei Times