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Minister attends Water Summit in Japan

James Kon

Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar is attending the fourth Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto, Japan.

The minister was joined by Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to Japan Haji Shahbudin bin Haji Musa and Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, and senior officials from the Ministry of Development.

According to the Ministry of Development, the summit is jointly organised by the Government of Japan, the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) and the City of Kumamoto.

Several events, commencing with the opening ceremony and summit-level meeting as well as the high-level statement session were held yesterday, the first day.

Various parallel thematic sessions, symposiums, exhibitions and showcases covering topics on addressing water management related to financing, governance as well as science and technology were also held.

Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi delivered his statement during the summit, reflecting Brunei Darussalam’s commitment to efforts in addressing water challenges through sharing of information, coordination and cooperation within, as well as among member states, in working together to face future challenges.

The summit was attended by heads of states and government, ministers, and high-level government officials of the region, heads of the United Nations and international organisations, research institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), experts and practitioners.

The summit, themed, ‘Water for Sustainable Development – Best Practices and the Next Generation’, serves as a platform for the member states and other stakeholders to share forward-looking solutions and practices to heads of states and governments and support policy decisions that accelerate actions to conduct growth towards a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable society by resolving various water-related issues in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while encouraging further collaborations to promote quality growth.

The outcome of the summit is expected to contribute to the mid-term review of the Decade of Action for Water in 2023 by providing an action proposal to promote quality growth in Asia through the adoption of a non-legally binding Kumamoto Declaration.

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