By Liza Mohd
Preparations have been in full swing for a month for the grand exposition to be held in Belait District called "Pameran Gemilang 60" in conjunction with His Majesty's 60th birthday celebration
The expo will be launched by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at the get-together between the ruler and district's residents on July 22 at Padang Bandaran in Kuala Belait.
The expo will showcase the significant achievements in propelling the social and economic growth of the district in particular and Brunei Darussalam in general. It will also demonstrate the unity of His Majesty's subjects in the district in building the country's future.
The successes are the result of cohesiveness among the four main components, namely, the community, the government sector, education and the private sector in Belait District.
A total of 50 standard booths have been set up in addition to eight larger customised booths. About 20 private companies involved in the oil and gas business have confirmed their participation and pledged their full support for the 10-day exhibition from July 22-31.
The expo's main objective is to highlight the roles and responsibilities of the government departments and the achievements and contributions of the private sector, especially in supporting the oil and gas industry and the development of quality human resources.
This will provide an excellent mix of exhibits ranging from world-class technologies to the beautiful and colourful cultural artifacts of the Belait community.
The government sector will highlight seven areas, namely, 'Safety and Traffic Control', 'Control, Prevention and Enforcement', 'Economy', 'Public Amenities and Infrastructures', 'Community', 'Emergency and Public Harmony' and 'Religion'.
Meanwhile, the private sector exhibitors will showcase the journey of technological advancements, significant contributions to the socio-economic development of Brunei Darussalam, Information Technology development and business achievements regionally and internationally.
The education component will focus on the roles of schools, primary, secondary, vocational and technical and training institutions in developing the local talents to support the country's human resources.
In the community area, the exhibits will feature the unique and rich culture that has been inherited. On display will be traditional items and handicrafts as well as the traditional norms of the various ethnic groups in Belait district. This reflects the strong roots of culture embedded in the Belait community as well as show how the residents embrace and welcome the modernised lifestyle.
Members of the public are encouraged to view the vibrant and dynamic 'Pameran Gemilang 60' which will be open from 10am to 10pm after the launch on July 22. This will give the public the opportunity to learn more about the district's contributions and achievements under one roof.
- Borneo Bulletin
(14th July 2006)