DEPUTY Senior Counsel at the Attorney General’s Chambers Christopher Ng Ming Yew and owner of Kunyit7 Lodge in Kampong Ayer Dayangku Kemariah binti Pengiran Haji Duraman will visit the United States (US) from March 11-30 to participate in the 2019 International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP), the US Department of State’s premier professional exchange programme. This was announced by the Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam.
Christopher Ng in the ‘Rule of Law and the US Judicial System’ programme, is examining the US commitment to the promotion of transparency, ethics, and judicial independence.
The meetings and site visits highlight the judiciary’s role in preserving practices such as due process, trial by jury, the right to representation and a fair trial, the role of the public defender, the appeals process, judicial appointments/elections, and governmental accountability.
Dayangku Kemariah in the ‘Sustainable Development – Tourism & Economics’ programme, is exploring how tourism for pleasure, recreation, and education generates sustained economic growth and creates local jobs. Participants are also examining strategies and incentives used to promote sustainable tourism, paying particular attention to infrastructure and economic considerations. They are seeing examples of sustainable tourism that is socially and environmentally responsible and ventures that emphasise cultural, family, adventure, and eco-tourism.
Christopher and Dayangku Kemariah recently met with the US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Scott Woodard, who congratulated them on their selection for the programme.
Chargé d’Affaires Woodard said, “While these two IVLPs are very different in theme and content, both are equally important when it comes to cultivating professional knowledge and strengthening relations between the United States and Brunei Darussalam.
“We are honoured to be giving these two exceptional Bruneians the opportunity to further develop their craft and meet with other experts in their respective fields.”
The IVLP provides an opportunity to strengthen relationships between international participants and their American counterparts.
It is one of the US Department of State’s most important exchange programmes, connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with the American people through short-term programmes to build mutual understanding on a wide range of issues.