PROPER expertise is needed to develop mineral resources as these reserves can help add value to the socio-economic development of ASEAN countries and havethe potential to attract investments.
Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the Ministry of Development Hj Muhamad Lutfi Abdullah said this yesterday at the opening of the 12th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Minerals (ASOMM) and the 5th ASOMM Plus Three (Japan, China and South Korea) Consultations, at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.
Fifty delegates from the 10-grouping member states and its dialogue partners — Japan, China and South Korea — as well as representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat attended the meeting.
"The progress and achievement of our ASEAN member states' initiatives on minerals have been possible with the support and guidance from those who have been long in the sector," said Hj Muhamad Lutfi.
He also said that the virtual environment, turbulence and high unpredictability had forced the regional grouping to be resilient, creative and innovative to face various challenges indirectly affecting the minerals sector.
The meeting aims to seek support from the three ASEAN dialogue partners in line with identified measures and projects that were proposed by the regional grouping during its Working Group Meeting held last September.
The meeting also agreed to elect ASOMM leaders from Brunei and Indonesia to serve as Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson respectively for the 12th ASOMM.
The outgoing chairperson from Vietnam, Tran Dong Phuong, on behalf of the 11th ASOMM host country, expressed his gratitude to all delegates from member countries and the ASEAN Secretariat who have contributed to the success of the previous meetings.
The delegates also attended a welcoming dinner at Royal Berkshire Hall, Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, last night.
The meetings end today.
The Brunei Times
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