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General Statement By Mr. Abdul Mutalib Yusof, Permanent Secretary, Ministry Of Communications Brunei Darussalam At The 28th Regular Session Of The General Assembly Of The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) On 25th/26th November 2013












Mr. President

Mr. Secretary-General

Excellencies and Distinguished delegates,


1.  On behalf of the government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, we would like to thank the organisers at IMO for inviting our delegation to this 28th Regular Session of the General Assembly of the IMO. It is certainly a pleasure and privilege for the Brunei Darussalam delegation to be here at this General Assembly this week.


2.  The super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines recently, has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people and left more than a million homeless, with countless others still missing. We acknowlegde that the Philippines is in fact, one of the world's largest supplier of international seafarers, and that Typhoon Haiyan has struck at the heart of the international seafarer community and global maritime industry. In this regard, we wish to take this opportunity to offer our deepest condolences and our heartfelt prayers go to the families of the victims, the people and the government of the Republic of Philippines.


3.  As stated by our former Minister of Communications during the 25th Session of the IMO General Assembly, we wish to reiterate Brunei Darussalam’s full commitment in upholding and furthering the noble objectives of the IMO towards ensuring safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans. And we endorse this commitment through the ratification of appropriate IMO Conventions critical to her shipping and maritime activities.


Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General and distinguished delegates.


4.  Recognizing the rising demand for energy worldwide and Asia’s continued growth, there is never a more appropriate time to emphasize on the sustainable development of world’s maritime transport sector. The world’s shipping community needs to come together to optimize this opportunity, to highlight that shipping and port industries are vital links in the global supply chain. There are approximately 1.5 million seafarers involved in providing services to today’s inter-dependent global economy. Thus ensuring the continued development and future growth of the world economy.


5.  The Seafarers play a very significant role in the growth of the maritime sector and its industries. In this context, Brunei Darussalam congratulates IMO and her fellow members on the entry-into-force of the Manila Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006), where the rights and welfare of our seafarers would be safeguarded and for quality ship owners as well as for fair competition. Brunei Darussalam also reiterates that attention be given in life-long learning, skills upgrading and career progressions of the seafarers to attract more to join this sector.


Excellencies and delegates,

6.   Let me now take the opportunity to share some of national initiatives to develop the ports and maritime industry sector. Firstly – the Ministry of Communications is currently collaborating with affiliated national agencies to introduce basic and intermediate maritime engineering education qualifications. To cater the substantial national oil and gas industry that we have today as well as other non-oil and gas sectors, there is so much potential in maritime education industry to be tapped on at the national level.


7. Secondly – is our national strategic objective to establish a maritime training centre or academy. This is one of our national efforts towards economic diversification and to progressively move away from the oil and gas industry to a transport services and logistics sector.


8. Thirdly – we are currently restructuring the national policy and regulatory framework for the ports and maritime industry sector in Brunei Darussalam. The setting up of a single national authority for Maritime and Ports is now in the pipeline and through such initiative, we will continue our support to IMO's Conventions among others such as Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention). This convention seeks to achieve efficient maritime transport as possible, looking for smooth transit in ports for ships, cargo, and passengers.


9. Fourthly and lastly – on infrastructure development, our Primary Commercial Port - the Muara Port, is currently undergoing major works on the extension of the port’s container berth as well as the upgrading of its ports facilities and services. These are among some of our strategic objectives to achieve Excellence in communications for enhancing national competitiveness by the year 2017.


Thank you for your attention.


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