Brunei Darussalam must remain ready in case of any unexpected major disasters even though there are no major catastrophic natural disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes. According to the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, it is important for stakeholders to be familiar with the regional and international mechanisms in responding to disasters.

Speaking at the opening of the Brunei Familiarisation Workshop Regional and International Mechanism on Disaster Management yesterday morning, Awang Ajman Bin Haji Meludin said the country has joined ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management, AHA and United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UNOCHA. He added that the National Disaster Management Centre, NDMC is now exploring avenues where Brunei Darussalam can engage the UNOCHA so the country can contribute towards the implementation of the ASEAN-UN Joint Strategic Plan on Disaster Management.

On the 2-day workshop, the Deputy Permanent Secretary said, its purpose is to discuss a number of matters on humanitarian aid under the ASEAN and UN framework.

More than 30 participants from government and non-government agencies are participating in the workshop. It is one of the National Disaster Management Centre's efforts to enhance disaster management capacity as well as develop a network with disaster management agencies in the South East Asia region and internationally.

Source: Radio Television Brunei