His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday morning graced the Aidil Fitri Get-Together Ceremony hosted by Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam, AMBD. The function took place at the Banquet Hall, Prime Minister’s Office. Upon arrival, His Royal Highness as the Chairman of the AMBD Board of Directors, was greeted by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs as the Deputy Chairman of the AMBD Board of Directors and members of the AMBD Board of Directors. The Aidil Fitri Get-Together acted as platform for the Board of Directors and AMBD Management to celebrate the month of Syawal with the AMBD officers and staff but also as an appreciation for the AMBD employees’ dedication and commitment since its establishment on the 1st of January 2011. Source: Radio Television Brunei Brunei Darussalam Conference on Forest

In conjunction with the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition or MYCE 2021, the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism through the Forestry Department and Brunei Climate Change Secretariat as co-organiser launched the Brunei Darussalam Conference On Forest: "Forests And Biodiversity : Unveiling Its Economic Potential". The conference took place yesterday morning at the International Convention Centre in Berakas. The Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism in his keynote address discussed the connection between forest biodiversity and economy specifically green economy. According to Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, with the current global environment issues brought about by climate change and the on-going COVID-19 pandemic battles, economic strategies and approaches need to be implemented wisely.

Doctor Wong Koon Meng from the Singapore Botanic Garden in his keynote presentation titled 'Economic, Endemic, Environment: Brunei Context' discussed that in Brunei Darussalam, less than 1 per cent of the area of Borneo, is nevertheless in a most special position. He said that forest logging in Southeast Asia rapidly progresses towards near-depletion, given the ultimately poor performance of such scenarios. However, Brunei can maintain an environment where natural attributes are not unduly eroded.

An exhibition themed 'Green Space' was also officiated by the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism and Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ingenieur Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Development. Participating the expo are the Brunei Darussalam Climate Change Secretariat, Forestry Department and local timber downstream companies.

Source: Radio Television Brunei