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Bruneians take part in ASEAN youth programme
FIVE Bruneian university students recently joined other youth from ASEAN member states to discuss environmental sustainability and issues affecting the regional bloc during an exchange programme in Thailand.
The students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei took part in the ASEAN Youth Exchange Programme 2016 from August 2-10.
Participants also attended the ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop on marine conservation.
UBD student Siti Aisyah Sahari said participants discussed areas that could help sustain an integrated single community in ASEAN, from the economy to connectivity.
“The speakers also shared their thoughts and insights based on their area of expertise for any potential paths towards achieving the ASEAN 2025 objectives,” she said in an interview.
She said participants also attended talks on mangrove forests and its biodiversity, adding that they also had hands-on experience planting in a mangrove forest.
“I am particularly interested in finance and estate, and it was an eye-opener to have someone who is an expert in the area to share and advise us on current events and how youth can contribute to make it better.”
Muhammad Shah Redzuan Hj Mat Serudin from UBD said the conference also discussed how ASEAN can work more efficiently.
He said sharing strategies as well as resources among countries is crucial.
“For example, Thailand has been using a lot of energy but has a problem producing less of it,” he said.
Ak Mohd Azizul Pg Hj Abd Rahman from UBD said other issues focused on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The UBD student suggested the collaboration of agriculture and tourism industry players to work with NGOs in raising awareness on environment conservation.
The programme, themed ‘Youth Lead: Lingering the Enhancement of ASEAN Community’, aims to promote awareness on ASEAN.
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Soe Aung, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, said that the government has earmarked 20 billion kyats for flood victims and over 17 billion kyat remains unspent.
At a press conference held at the social welfare, relief and resettlement office in Yangon, he told reporters that the financial statement as at 13 August was 38.465 million kyats for the relief, care and resettlement budget, 164.788 million kyats for domestic assistance, and 17,724.287 million kyats for the national natural disaster management fund.
“Union ministers saw newborn babies and babies under 3 months old when they visited flood-hit areas. These babies are suffering from malnutrition because their mothers became flood victims and had difficulties breastfeeding them. We gave financial assistance to these needy mothers from our domestic assistance budget.” he said.
The ministry said that at present 8 have been killed in recent floods and over 400,000 people affected, but these flood-hit areas were not declared a natural disaster emergency as they do not meet criteria mentioned in law. So the country cannot get international assistance for flood relief.
The Union Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Ministry told media, “We don’t yet need to declare a natural disaster emergency as we can still manage the situation effectively. The most important point is we are still able [ourselves] to manage this situation effectively in relation to all legal, judicial, executive and management matters.”
Currently, flood water had receded in Kachin State, Sagaing, Magwe and Bago Regions and there are no more flood relief camps there. Similarly, the number of relief camps in Mandalay has been reduced and flood victims are being relocated back to their original locations. The government is providing assistance to families of flood victims and businesses which were affected by the flooding, the ministry said.
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Indonesia to launch 13th economic package this month
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said on Wednesday that the government would release its 13th economic policy package in August, adding that the draft had been completed.
Darmin said the 13th package was largely an extension of the previous one, but would expand its focus beyond industry. The 12th package focused on small and medium enterprises.
"We are just waiting to schedule a meeting with the president," Darmin told reporters at his office. He refused to give the exact date the new policy package would come into effect.
The ministry team must meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo one more time to finalize the details, Darmin said.