15 youths head to S’pore for leadership programme

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FIFTEEN youths left for Singapore yesterday to take part in the Singapore-Brunei Youth Leadership Exchange Programme.

The programme, which is rotationally hosted by the two countries, will run from today until October 20 and is the third series since its inception in 2014.

The head of the delegation, Pg Hj Md Asran Hj Mahmud, who is acting assistant director of Research, Development and International Affairs at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, said the main objective of the programme is to learn and share best practices between the countries.

With this year’s theme ‘Sustainable Development: Building Inclusive and Resilient Cities’, he said participants will have a busy schedule ahead of them as the programme also includes team building activities, sharing sessions and a talk delivered by Singapore’s minister of culture, community and youth.

“We hope to learn from Singapore; what they’ve done and how we can apply these to Brunei,” he said, adding that the programme also hopes to bolster ties between the two countries.

The delegation, comprising seven females and eight males, is made up of government officials, leaders of non-governmental organisations and university graduates from various backgrounds which allows for diverse input during the exchange programme with their Singaporean counterparts.

Special Duties Officer II from the ministry Pg Md Nuur Hakiim Pg Anak Badi’Odzaman, as the delegation’s youth leader, said the programme is a good platform for Brunei to share its Vision 2035.

This includes the ‘forward ways’ of developing resilient youth to achieve the vision such as the National Service Programme (PKBN) which has reached its sixth series, he added.

“We can also discuss issues that the sultanate may need to further improve and overcome such as in the area of the 3Ps (People, Public and Private) and how it can facilitate towards our goals of sustaining the nation’s development.”

Prior to their departure, the delegation also met the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports for a high tea and engagement session at the ministry’s building on Saturday.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof encouraged the participants to take advantage of the exchange programme through mutual constructive criticism and interactions in further developing themselves as youth and the nation’s leaders.

He also urged participants to take heed of the best practices in Singapore that can be brought back to the sultanate such as methods to further sustain the country’s Bandarku Ceria car-free initiative in the capital.

Present to send off the delegation at the airport was Permanent Secretary of MCYS Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin.

The Brunei Times