BILATERAL cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore was further enhanced with the inaugural Singapore-Brunei Youth Leadership Exchange Programme (SBYLEP) 2014, which took place in Singapore from November 10 to 14.
Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, yesterday morning attended the closing ceremony of the SBYLEP 2014 at the Pinnacle @ Duxton, Cantonment Road, Singapore.
Also present at the ceremony was Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information of the Republic of Singapore.
Prior to the closing ceremony, the two ministers held a meeting where they discussed bilateral relations between Brunei and Singapore especially in the area of youth cooperation. This was later followed by a dialogue session with the SBYELP participants from both countries. Amongst the topics discussed was how the programme could help to further strengthen existing bilateral relations as well as to find new areas of collaboration amongst the youth.
This includes through their participation in bilateral and regional projects such as the Asean Young Professional Volunteer Corp.
The SBYLEP was first mooted by Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore, during his State Visit to Brunei in April 2014. This programme will be hosted in rotation between Brunei and Singapore over a period of four years (2014-2017). The next SBYLEP will be held in Brunei in 2015.
Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair also held discussions with Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence; Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister of Communication and Information; and Masagos Zulkifli bin Masagos Mohamad, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He also visited the One-Stop Social Service Centre in Bedok, the National Library Board and toured the new Singapore Sports Hub.