Creating sustainable economy is main priority, says minister

Hakim Hayat

As Brunei ramps up its efforts to move away from its reliance in the oil and gas industry and unsustainable fiscal spending, the country’s main priority is in maintaining and improving the quality of life for the people by creating a sustainable economy for today and the next generation.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah said this during a dialogue with middle management civil service officers yesterday as part of the minister’s talk on ‘Brunei’s Economy after Oil and Gas: How should we prepare?’, to brief participants on Brunei’s current economic status as well as the challenges of preparing the country for economic stability while reducing reliance on oil and gas resources.

He highlighted the Ministry of Finance and Economy’s (MoFE) objective of maintaining and improving the quality of life for Bruneians by generating sustainable jobs.

The importance of welfare and the challenge of maintaining the way of life without changes to the economic structure of Brunei were also discussed.

The dialogue was part of the 28th Executive Development Programme for Senior Government Officers (EDPSGO) and 29th Executive Development Programme for Middle Management Officers (EDPMMO) organised by the Public Service Department (JPA) in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah delivers his talk. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT

The session has triggered critical and analytical thinking among participants to instil innovative concepts for the betterment of public services.

The minister also shared the current economic status of Brunei and the initiatives taken to move away from oil and gas resources.

The dialogue at the Lecture Theatre 2, Library Complex, UTB saw the participation of 24 government officers from EDPSGO and 25 government officers from EDPMMO.

Also present were Vice-Chancellor of UTB Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman and Acting Deputy Director General of Public Service Hajah Noor Airah binti Haji Abdul Rahman.

Themed ‘Public Sector Innovation’, the programme was aimed at supporting the strategic focus area of JPA, that is, to improve public services that support the country’s development; and to enhance effectiveness of governmental rules and procedures to ensure prompt decision making and high-quality public services.