Brunei to promote village products at ASEAN expo

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TWO Bruneians will promote the sultanate’s village products at the ASEAN Cultural Expo in Bangkok, Thailand.

Hj Sabli Hj Omar of Lumut I in Belait and Asmah Alas of Kg Bebuloh in Brunei-Muara were selected by the Ministry of Home Affairs to showcase the country’s traditional handicrafts under the One Village One Product (OVOP) initiative.

The ministry in a statement said their participation in the regional expo is part of efforts to promote products under the OVOP initiative in addition to acknowledging the creativity of the producers.

Speaking to the media prior to leaving at the Brunei International Airport, Hj Sabli said he will showcase his wood carving products from miniatures of water taxis to guitars.

“I was made to understand that we should showcase the products that represent our country’s traditional handicrafts, that is why I am bringing miniatures of wooden water taxis and racing boats,” he said.

Hj Sabli, who is a wood sculptor, said Brunei’s participation in the expo can bring a positive impact to the development of the cottage industry in the sultanate as the country is promoting small and medium enterprises.

He hoped to gain new experiences from the expo and establish networks with exhibitors from other ASEAN member states.

“Building good networks can be used for any purposes in the future,” added Hj Sabli.

Asmah, who produces woven baskets, said the expo can be one of the avenues to learn from other craftsmen on how to improve the craft of basket-making.

She said it was important to improve local products by creating new designs from time to time.

Both Hj Sabli and Asmah are members of their respective village consultative councils.

The ministry-led OVOP project aims to develop and encourage economic projects and local businesses in the villages.

The ASEAN Cultural Expo 2016 from April 20-24 is expected to promote the variety of cultures among the ASEAN people.

The expo, which is hosted by the Thailand’s Culture Ministry, will also feature other activities such as textiles, design and fashion, classic movies and literature.

The Brunei delegates will return home on April 25.

The Brunei Times