Lest We Forget


Compiled by Faruq Bostaman

APEC women leaders meet for the first time

Suriani Garip

February 28, 2010 – About 250 women attended the first Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women Leaders’ Network (WLN) Seminar 2000.

The seminar was jointly organised by the Resource and Standards Centre of the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources and the Organising Committee of the APEC WLN 2000, the Council of Women of Brunei Darussalam.

The seminar was designed to create awareness among the women of Brunei on APEC and its processes as well as the forthcoming APEC WLN Meeting in June.

The seminar was officiated by President of the Council of Women of Brunei Darussalam Datin Hajah Edah binti Haji Mohd Noor.

In her keynote address she said, “When the Council of Women of Brunei Darussalam first agreed to take on the responsibility of organising the APEC WLN 2000 last June, little was known about the Women Leaders Network Meeting, which is not fondly referred to as the APEC WLN.”

Delegates of the APEC Women Leaders’ Network seminar in a group photo

“With less than four months to go before the real event and much publicity, the WLN is beginning to be understood and now has made a niche for itself among the women in Brunei. “Although the APEC WLN meetings have only been held in four other countries before, its presence has been felt and it has made significant contributions to APEC. In fact, the APEC Ministerial Meeting on Women gave rise to the development of the framework on the integration of women in APEC,” she said.

According to Datin Hajah Edah, the framework on the integration of women in APEC is by far the most positive achievement of the WLN.

The framework recognises women as being major contributors to the growth, sustainability and economic prosperity of the region.

This is clearly evidenced by the increasing number of women-led and women-owned businesses, despite the economic recession.

“APEC WLN 2000 will provide Bruneian businesswomen with a rare opportunity to learn from experts and accomplished businesswomen from the APEC economies. They will be able to learn about strategies to develop and expand their businesses through Human Resource Development and by harnessing the potential of Information Communication Technology such as the Internet, E-commerce, E-trade and E-banking. Bruneian businesswomen will certainly be better equipped to become global players after this meeting,” said Datin Hajah Edah.

She also urged Bruneian businesswomen to take advantage of the APEC WLN 2000 and contribute positively towards churning out creative ideas on how to improve the business environment and small- and medium-sized enterprises operate in.

Datin Hajah Edah stressed that the APEC WLN 2000 meeting in June is a golden opportunity for Bruneian businesswomen to interact with other women leaders within APEC to share their experiences and establish lucrative business alliances.

The seminar was held in the Setia Pahlawan Hall at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources in Berakas.

Commemorative First Day Covers launched

Jacky Lim

FEBRUARY 24, 2000 – In conjunction with the celebrations of the country’s 16th National Day yesterday, the Postal Services Deparment under the Ministry of Communications issued special First Day Covers.

Head of the Philatelic Unit Ahmad bin Dato Haji Yusof said, this year, the Postal Services Department will issue nine tentative stamp programmes. The First Day Cover launched yesterday, was the second to be officially issued in the country. The first one was issued on February 1, 2000, to mark the birth of the 21st Century and the new Millennium.

At the Berakas Mail Processing Centre, when the Berakas Branch announced the launch of the Millennium 2000 Covers, they were sold out soon after the branch opened for business in the morning. Yesterday, the situation pretty much repeated itself. The post office was open from 8am until 3.30pm.

Today as early as 8am, people rushed to post offices all over the country to buy the First Day Cover. The Head of the Philatelic Unit said at the Berakas branch, at about 8.30am, the brach had almost run out of the special issue. This was due to the fact that most people bout not one, but 10 or even 20 First Day Covers.

The First Day Cover for the 16th National Day has images of Brunei from 1900 – 1999. Inside the first day cover, there is a brief history of the country’s progress from 1900 – 1999. The First Day Covers were sold at the post offices for only one day. The stamps continue to be sold for the next six months.

However, people can still obtain the First Day Covers at any of the nine private companies involved in the issue.

The Head of Philatelic Unit also said that some people are still seeking the Millennium Covers.

A customer purchasing the First Day Cover form the main post office in Berakas. PHOTO: JACKY LIM