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10.04.2017_OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE FOOD VALUE CHAIN SEMINAR

THE opening ceremony for the ‘Food Value Chain Seminar’, part of the Asean-Japan Partnership Programme was held at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) yesterday.

The main objective of the seminar is to provide knowledge and exchange experiences between the Japanese experts and seminar participants, such as students from the local universities and educational institutions; small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and officers from the government and private section as well as other stakeholders.

Officiated by Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Noriko Iki, the ceremony was attended by Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT); Chair Professor Dr David Koh, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) of UBD; and Masaki Maruyama, Counselor Deputy Director-General, Food Industry Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan.

The ceremony began with a welcoming remark delivered by Dr Abby Tan Chee Hong, Dean of the Faculty of Science of UBD, followed by Masaki Maruyama.

A mini exhibition of local food products from representatives of village consultative council, called ‘One Village, One Product’, was featured at the ceremony.

The seminar – which runs from April 10 to 12 – was jointly organised by the Agriculture and Agrifood Department of MPRT, UBD and the Government of Japan through the Asean Secretariat.


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