11 November 2017 – Pertubuhan Ukur, Jurutera dan Arkitek (Brunei), otherwise known as PUJA (Brunei) in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) has successfully co-hosted the 3rd Annual National Conference at UTB’s Campus.
This year's theme was ‘Professionals in National Gross Domestic Product Improvement’. The aim of the conference is to bring together distinguished speakers from across Brunei and overseas to speak on ‘How professionals can be involved in the improvement of national GDP?’
The event was officiated by the Minister of Development, The Honorable, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Bahrin bin Abdullah as the Guest of Honour. Attended at the opening ceremony was also the Deputy Minister of Development, Yang Mulia Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar. The event also saw the attendance of Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Minister of Development, Vice-Chancellor of UTB, Director General and Directors of the Ministry of Development, UTB Principal Officers, Officers from various ministries, government departments, members of PUJA (Brunei), researchers, academicians, lecturers and students. Some two hundred participants were in attendance at the event.
The event kicked off with a safety briefing and the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat to bless the ceremony.
This was followed by a Welcoming Speech by the President of PUJA (Brunei), Yang Mulia Mohammad Nazri bin Mohammad Yusof.
The Minister of Development, The Honorable, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Bahrin bin Abdullah also presented his speech and thereafter officiated the event with the traditional gong that saw the launching of the The PUJA (B) Third National Conference.
Flagbearers from the three divisions of PUJA (Brunei) comprising of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects and Universiti Teknologi Brunei went up the stage to place the national flag of Brunei Darussalam to mark the beginning of the event.
The flag bearing ceremony was accompanied by a traditional dance and music performance by a local performance troupe to showcase to the conference’s overseas participants of the Brunei’s unique national culture and heritage.
There were 11 talks held on that day comprising of 2 keynotes and 9 technical talks. The keynote speakers comprised of experts from local and overseas sharing their knowledge in the subjects they presented. Two lecturers and two students from UTB also presented during the event. Such participation from the UTB’s students reflects great involvement of educational institutions such as UTB in its aspiration towards contributing to the development and improvement of the country.
Mr. Bryane Michael, a researcher, and prominent advisor to various government bodies and currently a Senior Fellow at University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law and visiting lecturer to Oxford University’s Geography Department delivered one of the keynotes. Mr. Bryane delivered a presentation on ‘Net Professional Product in Brunei’.
The second keynote speaker, Dr. Giuseppe Rizzo, who is a Researcher and Head of Economics and Finance Unit in Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies, presented his talk on the ‘Importance of Research and Private Sector Participation in Economic Development Policy-Making in Brunei Darussalam’.
Various other topics were also presented in three parallel sessions at UTB lecture theatres. The whole day event was concluded with a closing ceremony where the President of PUJA (Brunei), extended his gratitude to all those involved in making the event successful. The event carried 8 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points with all participants to be issued with their respective certificate of attendance.