Brunei hosts ASEAN culture officials

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SENIOR officials from ASEAN member states yesterday gathered in Brunei to discuss about arts and culture development in the region.

The 12th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Culture and Arts (SOMCA) and Related Meetings with Dialogue Partners commenced yesterday at the Prime Minister’s Office building.

Senior officials from all ASEAN member states attended the initial meeting of the four-day programme, which was chaired by Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abd Jalil yesterday.

The gathering yesterday was part of a series of meetings related to culture and arts in the 10-member regional bloc to discuss and execute the tasks set during the 27th ASEAN Summit held at Kuala Lumpur in November last year.

In a statement, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports said the SOMCA meeting was to establish policies and strategies that would promote the culture and arts sector in the region.

During the meetings, the discussions will include topics such as the Strategic Plan for Culture 2016-2025, the Declaration of Cultural Intelligence as a Strategic Value of Regional Identity, culture as the prime enforcer of socio-cultural security, the importance of regional identity for the Maritime Silk Road and the selection of Bandar Seri Begawan as ASEAN’s City of Culture for the next two years.

The 12th SOMCA will continue today with the SOMCA Plus Three meeting involving delegates from ASEAN member states and officials from ASEAN Plus Three dialogue partner nations China, Japan and South Korea, while tomorrow will see the start of the biennial 7th Meeting of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA).

The outcomes of the SOMCA and SOMCA Plus Three discussions will be presented to the AMCA meeting tomorrow.

The meetings are organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports while the Indonesian Director of Culture, Properties and Museums Harry Widianto served as the vice chairperson during yesterday’s meeting.

The Brunei Times