Leveraging digital technology, Green City initiatives dissected

The BIMP-EAGA Senior Official Meeting (SOM)/ (SPM) was held via video conferencing on Thursday, chaired by Director of Regional Development, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Office, Malaysia Dato’ Ahmad Zamri bin Khairuddin.

BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Centre (BIMP-FC), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and chair of BIMP-EAGA Business Council attended.

Brunei was represented by Permanent Secretary (Economy) Dr Hajah May Fa’ezah binti Haji Ahmad Ariffin and officers from the Trade Division at the Ministry of Finance and Economy.

The meeting took note on the presentations by chairs of the eight BIMP-EAGA Clusters namely Transport, Trade and Investment, Power and Energy Infrastructure, Agribusiness, Tourism, Environment, and Socio-Cultural and Education.

Brunei Darussalam leads in three of the Clusters (Tourism, Power and Energy Infrastructure and Socio-Cultural and Education).

It reported, among others, on the implementation plan for 2021, list of Rolling Pipelines of Projects (RpoPs) for 2020-2022, Convergence Projects and Priority Infrastructure Projects (PIPs).

The preparation for the Mid-Term Review (MTR) towards the BIMP-EAGA Vision (BEV) 2025 was also reported, whereby the clusters and working groups have identified targets assessment and SWOT analysis.

The MTR report will be circulated during the 24th BIMP-EAGA Ministers Meeting and Related Meetings which will be held this year.

The meeting also provides guidance and recommendation, among others, to leverage on in the implementation of projects and initiatives in the new norm, considering green technology and renewable energy, miximising investment opportunities in the agribusiness sector – particularly in strengthening value chain and promoting tourism sector, supporting Green City initiatives and development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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