The Knowledge Convention is a landmark of the intellectualism of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the great attention His Majesty gives to knowledge for every level of the community. This year's Knowledge Convention focuses on the economy with special emphasis on agriculture and the implementation of specific projects. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam graced the official opening of the Knowledge Convention 2018 yesterday morning. The event took place at the Plenary Hall of the International Convention Centre in Berakas.

Upon arrival, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri were greeted by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at Prime Minister's Office; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein, Minister of Energy Manpower and Industry as Co-Chairmen of the Knowledge Convention 2018; and Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, State Mufti as Advisor as the Knowledge Convention's Steering Committee.

Also in attendance were His Majesty's sons and daughters, brother and sisters,

- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah;

- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Rabi'atul 'Adawiyyah;

- His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen;

- His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah;

- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and;

- Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam.

The Verse of Yusof of Al-Quran read by Haji Awang Muhammad Fikri bin Haji Awang Metussin, this year's Champion of the National Quran Reading Musabaqah for Adults, among other things emphasises the agricultural sector as among the important sectors in the supply of food.

The country's agricultural sector has seen encouraging progress in the last 20 years. The Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism in his welcoming address highlighted the sector's achievements which developed at the rate of 7 point 7-1 percent annually from 93 million dollars in 1998 to 360 million dollars in 2017.

Inline with this year's theme, 'Agricultural Sector: Survivability of Race and Nation', a video clip was played, showing the evolution and development of agriculture in the country in the recent years and described the country's direction in the field in the perspective of output growth, contribution to the economy and job opportunities, usage of technology in increasing productivity and the targeting of the export market.

In a talk carrying the same title as the theme, the State Mufti among other things underscored the importance of agriculture as an asset in life. Yang Berhormat said the importance of agriculture had been identified since long ago and that Islam also give priority to agriculture as a major livelihood.

Doa Selamat was read by the State Mufti.

Inline with the teaching of Islam and united approach of the government agencies and other stakeholders, His Majesty expressed the hope that this year's Knowledge Convention will truly be a platform and catalyst towards developing and empowering the field of agriculture in the country.

Source: Radio Television Brunei