The range of complex challenges, especially with the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, require collective efforts through whole-of-nation and whole-of-government approaches that the Ministry of Defence (MinDef)strongly advocates in its support towards national development, said Permanent Secretary at the MinDef Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Shahril Anwar bin Haji Ma’awiah.
The changing environment makes the Executive Development Programme (EDP) even more important in the professional development of human resources and contribution to enhancing leadership qualities of senior officers across various ministries and organisations, he said during the opening ceremony of MinDef 16th EDP on Public Policy and Management for senior government officials at the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies Bolkiah Garrison.
He also encouraged the participants to appreciate, understand and contribute in efforts to fulfil organisational and national strategic objectives.
Twenty-eight participants including 16 senior military officers (rank of Lieutenant Colonel) from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), one officer from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), seven senior officers from government ministries, MinDef, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali and four foreign senior military officers from Republic of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines, and Republic of Singapore are participating in this year’s EDP held from March 22 to June 24.
The three-month programme is conducted in a hybrid format (online and in-person classes) for the first time by a faculty of academicians and experts from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore while adhering to COVID-19 regulations.
The programme will focus on public policy and management with local content aimed at providing a deeper understanding of Brunei Darussalam’s strategic environment through invited local speakers, as well as visits to expose public policy in practice from various
Vice Dean (Executive Education) and Associate Professor of Practice Professor Francesco Mancini and Adjunct Assistant Professor (Executive Education) Dr Caroline Brassard both of the LKYSSP, National University of Singapore, also gave introductory and welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony.
Inaugurated in 2004, 359 senior officers have undergone the MinDef EDP with the 15th EDP conducted in 2019.