Forum focusses on infrastructure sustainability

James Kon

A forum on ‘Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Sustainable Development Priorities Virtual Roundtable Session’ was held virtually yesterday carrying the theme ‘Sustainability in Infrastructure’.

The session was jointly organised by the United Kingdom-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) and the UK Government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) as the closing activity for the UK-ASEAN Sustainable Infrastructure Course which was held for four days starting March 29.

Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, in his keynote address, emphasised the importance and roles played by various agencies regardless of the government, semi-government sector or private sector in supporting joint efforts towards progress, especially sustainable infrastructure not only in Europe and ASEAN but also throughout the world. The minister added that several efforts are have been implemented or will be by Brunei Darussalam in particular and ASEAN member countries in general, through action plans under the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025, Lead Implementing Body for Sustainable Infrastructure (LIB-SI), ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework, Brunei’s Key Strategies for Low Carbon and Climate-Resilient Pathways, Brunei’s Digital Economy Masterplan 2025 and Brunei’s National Economic Blueprint in line with the theme of Brunei Darussalam as Chairman of ASEAN 2021 – ‘We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper’.

The event was attended by representatives from ASEAN members countries and the UK government, the ASEAN Secretariat, UKABC and UK Businesses. UKABC and ASEAN have long collaborated in various fields, especially in supporting the sustainable development goals, trade and investment. UKABC is a major leader in promoting trade and investment opportunities in various UK-ASEAN fields.

Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar during the virtual forum. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF DEVELOPMENT