Brunei joins Transport Ministers Meeting with BIMP-EAGA members
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI, alongside its BIMP-EAGA counterparts, is scheduled to endorse the finalisation of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area Vision 2025 (BEV 2025) at the 12th BIMP-EAGA Summit in April 2017.
This was disclosed by the Ministry of Communications, following the 11th BIMP-EAGA Transport Ministers Meeting that was held on Wednesday in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Representing Brunei during the meeting was Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat, who was accompanied by Permanent Secretary Hj Azhar Hj Ahmad.
In a statement issued yesterday, the ministry said that the BEV2025 aims to “establish a resilient, inclusive, sustainable and economically competitive sub-region to narrow the development gap”.
During the Transport Ministers Meeting, the importance of transport connectivity and transport facilitation was emphasised in order to achieve the goals set within the BEV 2025.
These goals include competitive and green manufacturing, sustainable, competitive and climate resilient agro-industry and fisheries as well as sustainable tourism destinations.
“Senior transport officials and transport working groups have been tasked to work closely with the relevant public and private sector stakeholders, to ensure that measures and actions related to transport infrastructure, transport connectivity and transport facilitation stipulated in the BEV 2025 are effectively and efficiently implemented,” the ministry said.
Transport sectors of BIMP-EAGA member states were also told to pursue “greater synergy with the agenda of the other connectivity sectors” to fully realise the economic and social goals of BIMP-EAGA.
During the meeting, ministers expressed satisfaction with the steady progress in the implementation of various measures under the Implementation Blueprint 2012-2016 to improve transport connectivity in BIMP-EAGA.
The meeting also saw the agreement of the signing of the draft protocol to amend the memorandum of understanding on Expansion of Air Linkages and referendum by the transport ministers which will be made during the 22nd ASEAN Transport Ministers meeting held in the Philippines next month.
Brunei also held a bilateral meeting with Malaysia to discuss matters of mutual interest in transportation. — Wail Wardi Wasil
The Brunei Times