22 April 2021

A BIMP-EAGA Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM)/Strategic Planning Meeting (SPM) was held on Thursday, 22nd April 2021, via video conferencing. The meeting was chaired by Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ahmad Zamri bin Khairuddin, Director of Regional Development, Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Office, Malaysia.

Attending the Meeting virtually were BIMP-EAGA Senior Officials, Chairs of BIMP-EAGA Clusters, the BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Centre (BIMP-FC), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and The Chair of the BIMP-EAGA Business Council. Brunei Darussalam was represented by Dr. Hajah May Fa’ezah binti Haji Ahmad Ariffin, Permanent Secretary (Economy) at the Ministry of Finance and Economy and officers from the Ministry’s Trade Division.

The Meeting took note on the presentations by Chairs of the eight BIMP-EAGA Clusters, namely the Transport, Trade and Investment, Information and Communication Technology, Power and Energy Infrastructure, Agribusiness, Tourism, Environment, and Socio-Cultural and Education Clusters. Brunei Darussalam leads in three of the Clusters (Tourism, Power and Energy Infrastructure and Socio-Cultural and Education).

The Meeting reported on the implementation plan for 2021; the list of Rolling Pipeline of Projects (RPoPs) for 2020-2022; and Convergence Projects and Priority Infrastructure Projects (PIPs), among other matters. 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 provided guidance and recommendations, among other things, to leverage on digital technology in the implementation of projects and initiatives in the new norm; considering green technology and renewable energy; maximising investment opportunities in the agribusiness sector, particularly in strengthening the value chain and promoting the tourism sector; supporting Green City initiatives; and the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

The Meeting also discussed the way forward with regard to BIMP-EAGA cooperation with Development Partners, particularly the Northern Territory, Australia, the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea and Japan.

The Meeting agreed to hold the 24th BIMP-EAGA Ministers Meeting and Related Meetings to be chaired by the Philippines and the 14th BIMP-EAGA Summit to be chaired by Indonesia.

Source: Ministry of Finance and Economy