Korean delegation visits MCYS
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A KOREAN delegation yesterday visited the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) to expose themselves to Brunei’s culture and lifestyle.
The ten member delegation, comprising of youth from the Republic of Korea, are participants of the 5th Bilateral Youth Exchange Programme 2016. The programme is aimed to strengthen cooperation, enhance mutual understanding and trust through youth participation.
The ministry said the programme will benefit both countries as the youth will have a better understanding of the countries’ culture, social economy and politics.
Throughout their 10-day visit to Brunei, the delegation will visit various areas, including MCYS, district offices, schools, industrial enterprises, museums and more.
On the sidelines of the visit, the head of the delegation from South Korea said the visit to the ministry will help the delegation to learn more about the sultanate.
Jin Young Park, who is also an officer at Korea’s Ministry of Gender, Equality and Family, said the knowledge and experience gained from the visits will be used to showcase Brunei in Korea.
“People don’t know much about Brunei, so (we) will try to spread the knowledge of Brunei to others,” she said.
The head of the delegation went on to say that the delegation will also write a report on Brunei.
Park said the programme, which a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2009 was signed for the programme, will strengthen the relationship between the two countries, especially among the youth.
The Chief Officer at the Youth and Sports Department Hjh Noor Maslina Hj Sulaiman said in a separate interview that the programme is aimed to showcase the identity of both countries.
She said the delegates will also take part in a homestay activity, where the foster families will showcase Brunei’s lifestyle to the visiting delegates.
“They will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on how Bruneians are, how we live and our lifestyle,” she added, “They (the families) will bring these youth to places in Brunei, for food, visits, and to traditional weddings.”
The delegates also had a reception at the ministry, where they met with the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof.
The Brunei Times