| Hakim Hayat |
A THREE-MONTH Executive Development Programme (EDP) on Public Policy and Management for senior government officials conducted by the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) concluded yesterday in a closing ceremony at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Jerudong.
The guest of honour at the event was Deputy Minister of Defence, Dato Paduka Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat.
Participants from Brunei Darussalam and other regional countries, comprising senior officials from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), Ministry of Finance (MoF), Ministry of Health (MoH), as well as sponsored military officers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand took part in the 11th edition of the EDP, which also emphasises on the diversity of different backgrounds and countries as an important component to further enrich the participants’ experience.
Initiated in 2004, the programme which aims to better equip senior executives with necessary knowledge and skills to be innovative in understanding policy changes was developed and conducted in collaboration with the renowned Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
Donald Low, the Associate Dean of Research & Executive Education from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in his remarks during the closing ceremony praised the successful partnership with MinDef in developing the programme, which he said is one of the substantive programmes they have worked on adding that it reflects the warm and long-standing relation between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore.
The event also saw remarks from one of the 11th EDP’s participants, Lt Col Tarip bin Haji Karia.
Throughout the programme, participants had the opportunity to attend a one-week study trip to Australia where they were exposed to policy approaches and management practices from several key ministries and agencies. Participatns also visited various government agencies in Brunei Darussalam to better familiarise themselves with policy making approaches being practised here.