Brunei Darussalam gives priority to cooperation in various fields including agriculture, livestock, forestry and fisheries which would certainly increase trade in horticultural commodities. The country also places great importance on the development of numerous activities in the implementation of the ASEAN Integrated Food Security (AIFS) Framework. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism shared his views during the recent 40th Meeting of ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) in Ha Noi, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
According to the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, in continuing the Food Aid Programme to countries affected by natural disasters through the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve APTERR), the country would join other ASEAN +3 members in signing the protocol to amend the 2nd attachment to the APTERR agreement.
According to the joint statement of the meeting, the Ministers discussed and exchanged views on the regional progress and development in implementing the ASEAN Community Economic Framework 2025 as well as progress achieved in the Food, Agricultural and Forestry Sectors for the period of 2017-2018. The meeting was preceded by the Senior Officers Meeting or (SOM-AMAF) led by Pengiran Haji Kamalrudzaman bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Ishak, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism.
During the meeting, the Minister of Primary Resource and Tourism also held a bilateral meeting with His Excellency Doctor Aung Thu, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. During the meeting, both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of His Majesty Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam with the government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on cooperation in Agriculture.
Through the signing of the MoU, the two parties agreed to strengthen cooperation in rice production, particularly in the importation of high yield hybrid rice seeds to provide positive impact on the country's rice industry. Signing the MoU on behalf of His Majesty's government was the Minister of Primary Resource and Tourism and signing for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar was its Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation. Also attending the bilateral meeting was His Excellency Pengiran Haji Sahari bin Pengiran Salleh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Source: Radio Television Brunei