Signing on behalf of the MCYS was Permanent Secretary (Community and Culture) Hajah Nor Ashikin binti Haji Johari, while BSJV and BGC were represented by Shell Country Chair in Brunei Darussalam and Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) Agnete Johnsgaard-Lewis.
The ceremony was witnessed by guest of honour Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin.
The MoU is part of the social investment initiative of BSJV and BGC towards nation building, in particular for the upgrading and renovation projects of the old Royal Customs and Excise Building into a gallery and exhibition hall.
According to the MCYS, the MoU signing marked the strengthening of cooperation between the agencies and is in line with the ministry’s strategic planning goals especially in the cultural sector – to increase strategic cooperation through a nationwide approach in providing a dynamic cultural ecosystem and strengthening heritage.
The former Royal Customs and Excise Building is a historic monument as well as an icon of the start of the modern development of Brunei Darussalam, and is gazetted under the Antiquities and Treasure Trove Act. The upgrading of this building is intended to be one of the main landmarks for Bandar Seri Begawan, where it will be equipped with innovative technology and smart platforms.
The building is also intended to provide avenues for all walks of life to increase knowledge and generate economic growth. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN