Business forum to tackle productivity, efficiency as drivers of economic growth

Posted on  20/11/2012  |  Media Centre


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

PRODUCTIVITY and efficiency as “the key drivers of economic growth in Brunei” will be discussed at this year’s Brunei Business Forum (BBF) held at the Radisson Hotel on November 22.

The forum, themed “Unlocking Productivity, Fuelling Growth” and organised by the Asia Inc Forum in partnership with HSBC, Total, Butra Heidelberg Cement and Alcoa, will include speakers such as Dr Diana Cheong, chief researcher for the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS), and Rob Fenn, high commissioner of the British High Commission to Brunei.

In a press statement issued by Asia Inc Forum, Fatin Arifin, programs and research executive, said that the forum provides a platform for dialogue to address how Brunei can unlock productivity that will drive economic growth and how knowledge and innovation fit into the picture.

The forum will have a town hall session that will enable participants to participate in the discussion to share their insights and input into this topic.

Dr Cheong will present CSPS’s proposal to establish a national productivity roadmap to drive productivity growth while Fenn will present his thoughts on how knowledge and innovation can fit into productivity growth.

“CSPS believes that a National Productivity Council (NPC) with the highest leadership which is both the policy making body and an implementation body for national productivity programmes and campaigns should be set up if Brunei is to accelerate towards and innovation and efficiency driven economy,” the press statement quoted Dr Cheong as saying.

Fenn was quoted as saying that “preoccupation with higher productivity is a distinguishing feature of intelligent government so it is no surprise to find the Brunei government thus preoccupied”.

He added that he was looking forward to debating the issue with the Asia Inc Forum and other participants at the upcoming event. Debbie Too

The Brunei Times