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Borneo Bulletin Yearbook 2017

FOREWORD

The Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism continues to undertake a strong

commitment to support His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei

Darussalam’s aspirationwhich emphasises on the need for the country to continue

tomove towards revivingeconomicgrowth, especially in thenon-oil andgas sector

by improving productivity through research and adoption of new technology. The

Ministry’s strategic plan and policy direction emphasises the four main strategic

thrusts namely high growth, high productivity, export-oriented and sustainability.

The Ministry will ensure the growth of output of industries of agriculture, fisheries

and forestry by encouraging participation from local and foreign investment.

In the last 12 months, quite a number of agricultural production projects have

been implemented through the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood; such as

the expansion of broiler farms by local entrepreneurs and joint venture farms to

produce high value vegetables, fruits and floriculture. The department has also

identified some agricultural sites to be offered to local and foreign investors to

operate and manage through the request for proposal initiatives. These include

projects for agri-food processing, high value vegetables, fruits and floriculture

production, and also on livestock production such as the integrated poultry farming,

cattle and goat rearing. Agricultural production is expected to increase from $366

million in 2015 to $1,080 million by 2020.

In the fisheries sector, some projects have been implemented by the Fisheries

Department through foreign direct investment and joint venture initiatives,

which include the operation of the off-shore and inland aquaculture and seafood

processing projects. Several sites for fisheries production projects have also been

identified, and are to be offered to potential local and foreign investors to operate

and manage through the request for proposal initiatives. On the fisheries capture

sector, the department also invites potential investors and entrepreneurs to

operate the deep sea capture at zone 4 of the fisheries economic zones. Fisheries

production are expected to increase from $110 million in 2015 to $680 million by

2020.

In the forestry sector the Ministry will endeavour to find ways to enable our

forest to contribute to our economic growth as well as the promotion of its

economic contribution to the society while at the same time maintaining its rich

forest biodiversity and ecosystem services. The adoption of Sustainable Forest

Management (SFM) practices in Brunei forestry sector is a widely accepted

global strategy that ensures the continuous production of goods and services

without compromising the integrity of our forest ecosystems such as the

Ministry’s commitment to the “Heart of Borneo Initiative”. Among others, the

Ministry promotes forest biodiversity conservation, further restoration of forest

gaps, strengthen our forest law enforcement program, and encourage forestry

investments through the production of value-added products and state-of-the-art

machineries to maximise efficiency.

In the Tourism sector, The Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism is determined

to continuously progress towards further development of the tourism ecosystem,

which includes strengthening primary, emerging and activity-based tourism

products and packages. The Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism will work

closely with the relevant agencies, to increase connectivity, to improve services

provided by all tourism agencies and to strengthen legal and regulatory framework.

The move will not only increase tourist arrivals and lengthen the duration of their

stay in Brunei Darussalam, but also entice new and repeat visitors and ensure the

safety and standards of tourism industry in Brunei Darussalam. We will continue to

further develop our tourism industry in collaboration with the tourism stakeholders

to achieve our targeted increase in tourist arrivals from 218,213 in 2015 to 450,000

by the year 2020.

On behalf of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, I would like to

congratulate the Management of the Brunei Press for publishing the Borneo

Bulletin Yearbook (BBYB) 2017 and thank you for the opportunity to share the

Ministry’s change process to the general public.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong

MINISTER OF PRIMARY RESOURCES AND TOURISM