MinDef’s 13th EDP kicks off

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THE Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence Datin Paduka Hjh Suriyah Hj Umar yesterday urged local participants of this year’s Executive Development Programme (EDP) to focus their efforts in order to realise the nation’s Vision 2035.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 13th edition of the programme, the permanent secretary said that during the three-month intensive course, participants will be exposed to principles in economic planning and policy planning to understand current policy problems.

“What is hoped from this EDP is for the participants to return to your departments as agents to institutionalise the capability for effective organisational introspection and planning,” she said.

“However, I am pleased that there has been strong demand for the course and that this year’s RBAF participants will be joined by military officers from six ASEAN nations and China as well as other local senior officers involved in public administration, diplomacy, education and finance,” she said.

“This diversity is an important contributor to developing a fuller picture of the various dimensions of policy,” she said.

Introductory remarks on the course were delivered by Executive Director of Executive Education of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Wu Ye-Her.

The course this year sees 30 participants, 16 of whom are from the RBAF and the rest of local participants comprising officials from the Royal Brunei Police Force and various government ministries and departments.

Also in attendance were members of the diplomatic corps, defence attachés, the deputy commissioner of police, permanent secretaries, NUS representatives and senior officials.

The Brunei Times