Partnership helps tackle environmental issues: Minister

|     James Kon     |

DATO Seri Setia Awang Haji Bahrin bin Abdullah, the Minister of Development, yesterday noted the considerable progress made across Asean in the field of environment, together with the cooperation of the region’s Plus Three partners, which he said “has gone from strength to strength”. He made this observation at the 15th Asean Plus Three Environment Ministers Meeting (15th APT EMM).

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Bahrin, who is the chair of the meeting, also outlined some of the cooperative measures in his opening statement, which inluded the implementation of the Asean-China Strategy on Environment Cooperation (2016-2020); the Asean-Japan Environmental Cooperation; the Asean-Republic of Korea (ROK) Environmental Cooperation; and the new Framework for the Asean-ROK Cooperation Fund of 2017-2020. He said the cooperation has enabled capacity-building and the implementation of flagship projects covering a broad spectrum of environmental conservation and protection such as water and waste water, waste management, sustainable cities, biodiversity and also environmental education.

This area of cooperation, he said, “has contributed to the enhancement of knowledge and expertise, technical know-how and the best practices that have been useful to our policymakers, environmental practitioners and also our youths in our countries. We therefore value our partners’ contribution to the regional cooperation, and look forward to other possible areas of cooperation in the field of environment”.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Bahrin bin Abdullah, the Minister of Development in a group photo with ministers and head of delegates from Asean Plus Three countries . – JAMES KON

Representing the People’s Republic of China at the meeting is Huang Runqiu, the Vice-Minister of Environment Protection, while Japan is represented by Ito Tadahiko, the State Minister of Environment, and the Republic of Korea by Suh Min-hwan, the Director-General of the Ministry of Environment.

The Head of Delegation from Brunei Darussalam is Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, the Deputy Minister of Development.

During the course of the meeting, Asean Member States (ASM) and their Plus Three partners from Japan, China and People’s Republic of Korea, together with several ministers and head delegates, reviewed regional cooperation on a number of environmental issues while discussing new initiatives to further pro-mote regional environmental cooperation.

The APT EMM is held on an annual basis, to promote environmental cooperation among APT countries.