BRUNEI - Ten officers from various government ministries left for Singapore yesterday to exchange ideas with their counterparts on social management challenges in economic growth as part of the 11th Second Echelon Brunei-Singapore Civil Service Exchange Programme 2013 (CSEP 2013).
The delegation consisted of directors, deputy directors and senior special duties officers from various government agencies.
Leading the delegation was the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of communications Hj Idris Hj Mohd Ali.
According to Hj Idris, the four-day exchange programme, which begins today, aims to identify common challenges in public service development - not just between Singapore and Brunei, but in other ASEAN countries as well.
He said that their visit will consist of both classroom discussions as well as learning journeys to various key institutions in the city state.
On the itinerary is a visit to one of Singapore's Family Service Centres to learn more about how the country delivers its social-community services.
The delegates will also visit Marina Bay to learn about Singapore's urban planning development, he said.
Later, the delegation will go to the Singapore Hotel and Tourism Education Centre to learn more about Singapore's strategies for tourism and the service industry.
Hj Idris also said the group will attend a special leadership lecture by Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam.
The deputy permanent secretary said the overall aim of the visit is to network with senior public sector officials from Singapore and to exchange ideas on the latest challenges faced by the two civil services.
It is also hoped the delegates will gain insights into the latest social management challenges that arise amid economic growth in the country.
The programme is jointly organised by the Civil Services College Singapore and the Brunei Civil Service Institute. The delegates are expected to return by Thursday.
The other members of the delegation are the Tutong District officer, the director of water services, the acting director of information, the acting commissioner of labour, the assistant director of youth and sports development, the acting assistant director of planning and special duties officers from other ministries.