BRUNEI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral partnership for a sustainable built environment with Singapore in the city state last Friday.
Representing the Sultanate was the Minister of Development, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, while signing on behalf of Singapore was its Minister of National Development, Khaw Boon Wan.
A statement from the Ministry of Development (MoD) said that the MoU will facilitate a closer collaboration between Brunei and Singapore particularly in areas of research and development for urban planning, construction industry and in developing the green building concept.
A study trip will be organised under the MoU where officials from Brunei's Public Works Department (PWD) will be visiting Singapore's Building and Construction Authority Centre for Sustainable Buildings (BCA CSB).
Held in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the trip is aimed at improving and building the capacity of PWD officials in developing green and energy efficient building policy as well as in making decisions for new and existing buildings.
Officials from PWD including architects, engineers and quantity surveyors will be participating in the visiting programme.
The statement also said that the Brunei and Singapore ministers noted that the two countries have also strengthened the exchanges in general areas of collaboration through the sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices.
It added that both countries will continue to build a close relationship and will make further collaborations to overcome the challenges faced towards realising a sustainable built environment