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Brunei-Russia: Visa Free Entry for Brunei in Russian Far East

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Visa-free entry for Bruneians in Russian Far East
on: April 19, 2017

| Hakim Hayat |

BRUNEI citizens can visit the Russian Far East without visas, the Russian Prime Minister said.

A list of 18 countries including Brunei Darussalam has been approved whose citizens can obtain electronic single entry business, tourist or humanitarian visas when entering the Russian Federation through checkpoints at the free port of Vladivostok, Dmitry Medvedev announced on Monday.

Apart from Brunei, the list includes Algeria, Bahrain, India, Qatar, People’s Republic of China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey and Japan.

According to the prime minister, the move is expected to facilitate trade and investment into the area and enhance bilateral ties.

“This initiative is aimed at enhancing the investment appeal of the region and expanding business ties by facilitating projects involving foreign companies and …

Permanent Secretaries and Deputies in Brunei (Updated 18 April 2017)

Several transfers and promotions were announced tonight (18 April 2017). The new list of Permanent Secretaries and Deputies are as follows:

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PERMANENT SECRETARIES

Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
Dato Paduka Haji Jamain bin Haji Julaihi (Energy)
Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman (Economy and Finance)
Dato Paduka Haji Joanda HA Rashid (Law and Welfare)
Pengiran Datin Shazainah bte Pg Dato Paduka Shariffudin (International)*
Md Riza bin Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos (Media and Cabinet)
Haji Md Azmi bin Haji Hanifah (Industry)
Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohammad (Corporate Affairs and Civil Service)

Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
Capt (Rtd) Abdul Rahman bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar

Ministry of Finance (MOF)
Ahmaddin bin Haji Abd Rahman (International and Management)
Norliah bte Kula (Performance)*

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT)
Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi
Datin Tan Bee Yong*
Dato Paduka Haji Matnor bin Haji Jeludin
Sheikh Haji Fadilah bin Sheikh Haji Ahmad
Emaleen bte Abdul Rahman Teo*

Mini…

Brunei Children Nostalgia 1960s to 1980s

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Nostalgia kanak-kanak di zaman dahulu
Apr 15, 2017

Oleh Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman

KANAK-KANAK di Kampong Ayer pada zaman dahulu sudah pandai berenang sejak kecil lagi dan mula mengayuh perahu untuk mengambil air apabila disuruh oleh ibu bapa mereka. Mereka selalunya mengayuh bersama kawan-kawan seangkatan mereka dengan menggunakan perahu semasa air pasang.

Pada zaman itu kanak-kanak tidak suka membantah dan mahu melakukan apa saja yang diarahkan oleh orang tua mereka dengan mengayuh perahu hingga ke kawasan tambing untuk membeli ikan segar di kedai dengan tidak mengira penat lelah. Perahu adalah satu alat kemudahan terpenting dan terbaik di sana.

Golongan dewasa dan pemuda-pemuda juga turut sama mengayuh perahu, pendek kata apa saja acara atau majlis yang diadakan di Kampong Ayer pada zaman itu, kesemuanya menggunakan perahu sebagai alat perhubungan.

Segala kisah dan peristiwa ini adalah satu kenangan lama yang tidak dapat dilupakan oleh penulis sehingga sekarang. Sekitar tahun 1960, jika…

Brunei: Fighting to Protect Forest

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Brunei fighting tooth and nail to protect forest
on: April 15, 2017

DEER is the prime target of hunters while wood is the favourite of encroachers of Brunei forests that are rich in flora and fauna.

However, their movements have been effectively restricted with the ever-alert forest officials thwarting every attempt to intrude into the wild with high-precision anti-poaching measures.

The country incurred losses amounting to $95,000 last year due to forest poaching. Wood stealing constituted the biggest loss totalling $44,000 and this includes the pricey agarwood worth $37,000 and mangrove products worth $13,000.

According to Forestry Officer at the Development and Forestry Industry Management Reni bin Haji Yahya, Forestry Department officers, Ranger Police and other government agencies conducted 174 forest patrols last year and 24 operations detected illicit activities in the Brunei forests.

Briefing agricultural and forestry entrepreneurs on Forestry Act Chapter 46 of the Laws of Brunei on…

Brunei Shell Petroleum Finds New Oil in 2017

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BSP finds oil in Lumut
on: April 13, 2017

| Danial Norjidi |

BRUNEI Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) has achieved an exciting new success in exploration as it made its first significant onshore discovery in 37 years with its Layang-Layang Well in the Lumut area.

The achievement was announced in a joint press statement yesterday by BSP and the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO).

The Layang-Layang oil and gas discovery is the first of its kind as it confirms a new geological concept called a Shale diapir trap which was interpreted from seismic data and Brunei field outcrop studies.

A Shale diapir is a large cavity injected with Shale under high subsurface pressure, and had never previously been considered as a valid trap mechanism for BSP until now.

According to the statement, what makes this discovery particularly remarkable is the application of new, advanced seismic processing technology to existing older data.

This new technology enabled the …

Brunei Darussalam: Growth on Horizon

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Growth on horizon
on: April 12, 2017

RIDING on the back of an Asian recovery and its own ambitious diversification strides, Brunei is poised to register an economic turnaround in the next few years if figures forecast by prominent global financial institutions are anything to go by.

The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and more recently the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have attributed the Sultanate’s rebound, though not massive compared to some of its Asian counterparts, to a slew of farsighted measures currently being implemented by the government.

At the core of the government’s diversification mission is opening up the economy to foreign direct investment (FDI) by slashing the corporate income tax rate to 18.5 per cent with tax exemptions for pioneer industries, allowing 100 per cent foreign ownership in domestic companies, competitively pricing land and utilities in industrial parks and establishing a special office in the Brunei Economic Development Board to fast-tra…

Brunei Darussalam: Economy Set To Rebound

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Economy set to rebound
on: April 11, 2017

| Azlan Othman |

AFTER several years of declining gross domestic product (GDP), falling consumer prices and widening fiscal deficits, Brunei Darussalam is poised for a mild turnaround, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said.

Large construction projects and recovering oil and gas production and prices are expected to lift GDP and inflation into positive territory and narrow the fiscal gap.

Sustainable long-term growth demands substantial reforms to the business environment to attract foreign investors to new industries, the bank said in its Asia Development Outlook (ADO) 2017 for Brunei Darussalam published recently.

A projected modest increase in hydrocarbon exports for higher prices should restore GDP growth this year and next. Several large construction projects will provide additional impetus if they proceed as planned.

GDP is forecast to grow by one per cent in 2017, quickening to 2.5 per cent in 2018. Inflation is forecast to be 0.1 per…