ASEAN inks MoU in managing oil spills
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
ASEAN member countries have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together in managing oil spill incidents during the 20th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (20th ATM) in Myanmar.
The Minister of Communications, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar signed the MoU on behalf of the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
The MoU will put in place a regional collaborative mechanism to build capacities capabilities while promoting mutual assistance in preparing for controlling and combating oil spill incidents in the ASEAN region, the Ministry of Communications said in a statement.
On the sidelines of the 20th ATM Meeting, an MoU on civil aviation co-operation was also signed between Brunei and Singapore underscoring the friendly relations and desire for greater collaboration between the transport ministries and civil aviation authorities for both countries.
It is also expected to set course for both sides to deepen cooperation in the civil aviation sphere, the ministry said.
Brunei and Singapore will cooperate in the areas of civil aviation safety, security and training, aircraft accident and incident investigation, air traffic management, civil aviation and environmental protection and sustainable development, and other civil aviation-related matters.
According to the statement, the MoU was signed by the communications minister and the Minister for Transport of Singapore, Lui Tuck Yew.
The Implementation Framework of the ASEAN Single Shipping market was also endorsed by ASEAN transport ministers where it would provide strategic guidance to coordinate policy and harmonise rules and regulations to further liberalise shipping services in the region.
The 20th ATM meeting was held in Mandalay, Myanmar and Brunei’s delegation was led by YB Pehin Dato Hj Abdullah.
The Brunei Times