A VISIONARY STATESMAN

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Brunei Vision 2035 is His Majesty’s visionary approach to placing Brunei Darussalam on the best track for its future.

Words JACQUELINE WONG
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The 34th Brunei National Day celebrated on 24 February, 2018 was a showcase of a massive parade and performances with approximately 30,000 participants. "Achieving the National Vision" was the theme, emphasising that every sector involved in the development of the country has the responsibility in striving to realising the thirteen strategies of Brunei Vision 2035. Credit(s): Masri Osman

 

Two decades ago, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, put in place the first roadmap to making Brunei Darussalam a more competitive nation at home and abroad. Dedicated to see his nation and people progress, His Majesty pioneered a long-term plan for Brunei Darussalam, assisted by a planning council tasked to develop a national framework that strategically spells out the technical and financial aspects for a future vision of the nation. Named the Council for Long-Term Development Planning, the council’s first report in 2007 made several recommendations that paved the way for the establishment of the Supreme Council of Brunei Vision 2035 (Majlis Tertinggi Wawasan Brunei 2035) in 2014 to realise the nation’s potential.

Brunei Vision 2035 is His Majesty’s visionary approach for placing Brunei Darussalam on the best track for its future. While the nation has certainly made rapid progress since gaining its independence in 1984, His Majesty wishes to steer the nation away from the over-dependence on oil and gas and to equip its rakyat to be better prepared to address the uncertainty and challenges faced in the global economy, oil price fluctuations and the economic recessions that have hit much of Europe.

The Brunei Vision 2035 has several key components outlined that would see Brunei Darussalam widely recognised for the accomplishments of its well educated and highly-skilled rakyat measured by the highest international standard, quality of life that is amongst the top 10 nations in the world, and a dynamic and sustainable economy with income per capita within the top ten countries in the world. His Majesty further established thirteen (13) strategies to achieve the abovementioned goals and these are as follows:

an education strategy to prepare our people for employment and achievement in a world that is increasingly competitive and knowledge-based,
an economic strategy to create new employment for our people and expand business opportunities within Brunei Darussalam through the promotion of investment, foreign and domestic, both in downstream industries as well as in economic clusters beyond the oil and gas industry,
a security strategy to safeguard our political stability and our sovereignty as a nation and that links our defence and diplomatic capabilities and our capacity to respond to threats from disease and natural catastrophe,
an institutional development strategy to enhance good governance in both the public and private sectors, high quality public services, modern and pragmatic legal and regulatory frameworks and efficient government procedures that entail a minimum of bureaucratic “red tape”,
a local business development strategy to enhance opportunities for local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as enable Brunei Malays to achieve leadership in business and industry by developing greater competitive strength,
an infrastructure development strategy to ensure continued investment by government and through public-private sector partnership in developing and maintaining world-class infrastructure with special emphasis placed on education, health and industry,
a social security strategy to ensure that, as the nation prospers, all citizens are properly cared for,
an environmental strategy to ensure the proper conservation of our natural environment and cultural habitat. It will provide health and safety in line with the highest international practices.
a health strategy to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Brunei Darussalam through a high-quality and comprehensive health care system which is effective, efficient, responsive, affordable, equitable and accessible to all in the country,
a religious strategy to ensure the preservation of the nation’s identity guided by the Malay Islamic Monarchy concept, practicing the noble values of Islam based on faith and piety towards a balanced development of the country,
a land use strategy to ensure optimal use of land in line with the aspiration to have a viable land and assets management that contributes towards economic growth,
a communications and ICT infrastructure strategy to ensure connectivity that facilitates the movement of people, goods and services towards creating economic space, increasing economic resilience and promoting competitiveness for economic development.
a manpower planning strategy to ensure sufficient supply of manpower equipped with the appropriate skills to match the demand needed for economic development.

Addressing this vision on the eve of Brunei Darussalam’s 33rd National Day, His Majesty in his titah announced that champions for every strategy have been appointed to oversee Brunei Vision 2035’s three goals. His Majesty also has consented to the formation of a working framework which, among others, outlines the core areas that should be given attention to achieve the vision goals.

Furthermore His Majesty reminded the rakyat to implement these strategies with full commitment and determination. In urging them to be united in achieving the Brunei Vision 2035, His Majesty continued: “We should ensure that all efforts are based on consensus, relevant and meet the current needs. This is key to the success of the nation’s Vision 2035. This covers all, whether they are in the government or in the private sector, and it is crucial to instill the spirit of cooperation and understanding among them. All of us are required to work as a team without engaging in matters that are against the law.

The monarch then added: “Although we have the infrastructure, technology, equipment, mechanism and a good system, if our intention is not good, the outcome will also be not good. For instance, if there is corruption in the government, it will drag the nation towards a bad state, even though the workforce is highly skillful or comprised of scholars. We should control this to prevent the nation from experiencing undesirable developments.

As His Majesty pointed out, Brunei Vision 2035 will require the close cooperation between the government, the private sector, and the rakyat. To reiterate His Majesty’s titah marking the New Year of 2018: “For it is only with this cooperation can we generate a business and commercial climate that is much simpler and thus, at the same time, make the country that more inviting in the eyes of foreign investors. If this atmosphere can be maintained, then that is the advantage for Brunei, wherever it is necessary for Brunei.

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