Brunei makes call to fight virus impact with technology




BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 24 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The Culture and the Arts Sector, including the creative industries, has not been spared from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which prompted Asean to adapt to the situation and adopt new norms, leveraging on technology with a strong determination to be more cohesive in its responses.

This was highlighted by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin at the 9th Meeting of the Asean Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA) via video conference.

Chaired by Minister of Culture and Fine Arts of the Kingdom of Cambodia Dr Phoeurng Sackona, the meeting was attended by ministers responsible for Culture and the Arts from Asean and Dialogue Partners China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, as well as the Asean Secretary General.

The meeting, with the theme Impact of Covid-19 and Way Forward for the Culture and Arts Sector, agreed on the importance of continuing Asean’s efforts in combatting the effects of Covid-19, particularly towards cultural practices, cultural industries and creative industries.

The AMCA Ministers agreed to continue to work together in the culture and the arts sectors.

The ability of the creative sector in adapting to the new norms of virtual service delivery was also highlighted, in which new technology was optimised to ensure business continuity through e-library and e-exhibition platforms; the rise in e-commerce, e-performances and online trainings; digital entrepreneurs; and new media.

Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan shared the way forward for Asean in the Culture and the Arts Sector, namely leveraging on technology to bridge Asean people, artists, artisans and cultural practitioners.

Technology should be used to foster relationships towards a stronger Asean Community, he said.

"AMCA should also nurture innovation and creativity through virtual means, and increase the diversity of multi-media content, to promote traditional and contemporary Asean artistic expressions," he added.

Meanwhile, on Friday evening, Brunei reported no new confirmed cases of Covid-19, leaving its total tally unchanged at 148.

The health ministry said that no more recoveries were recorded, with the total number remaining at 143. There are still two active cases being treated in the National Isolation Center, who were recorded on Oct. 14 and 22.

Meanwhile, currently a total of 282 people, who all returned from overseas travels, are in mandatory isolation at the monitoring centers provided by the government.

There have been 3 deaths reported from the Covid-19 pandemic in Brunei. - Borneo Bulletin/Asian News Network
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