Youth off to Thailand for economic meet

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SIX Bruneian youths are taking part in the ASEAN Youth Representatives Experiencing the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy (AY-REPSE 2016) in Thailand.

The programme, which will run from October 4 to 17, aims to provide an understanding on Thailand’s “philosophy of sufficiency economy” through lectures and site visits to various royal projects in Chiang Mai, Sakon Nakhon and Chanthaburi province.

Special Duties Officer Grade 1 Mohammad Rosfazilah Hj Yusly said the Brunei participants are representatives from youth associations who have a background in entrepreneurship and are active in community service.

Each country will be presenting a 10-minute country report during the programme, he told reporters prior to their departure yesterday.

Brunei’s country report will touch on efforts towards a ‘sufficiency economy’, which includes the ‘One Village, One Product’ (OVOP) initiative, Mohammad Rosfazilah said.

A member of the delegation, Ak Hj Ahmad Fadillah Akhbar Pg Hj Sellahhuddin, said the programme is a good opportunity for the participants to understand the concept of sufficiency economy and how it can be adopted in Brunei.

“This programme can help foster village enterprises, especially in empowering the OVOP initiative because sufficiency of economy is vital to our country as part of our efforts to diversify our economy.

“Since my background of work is mostly focused on empowering young entrepreneurs, this will be a beneficial lesson for us,” he added.

The delegation will also bring with them some local products under the OVOP initiative, including virgin coconut oil and madu kelulut (honey from stingless bees) from Tanjong Maya Village Consultative Council and handicrafts from Sengkurong A Village Consultative Council.

Deputy Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports Hj Noor Jusmin Hj Abdul Samad was present to send off the delegation at the airport.

The Brunei Times