The just concluded Transport Cluster meeting chaired by the most diligent PUAN HAJJAH AIRAH ABDULLAH of Brunei Darussalam saw the largest congregation of private sector participation from Palawan. Earlier, members of BEBC Palawan had their own meeting discussion and they were able to prepare a power point presentation to the meeting proper for further consideration.
This should be the norm of all cluster meetings of the future where there is a congregation of private sector of the same field voicing out their concern and or desire for deliberation by the main meeting. After all, the BIMP-EAGA Meetings has always been designed with the private sector in mind.
The host: Philippines, (Department of Transportation and Mindanao Development Authority) also deserve a special recognition with a BIG THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH for their painstaking planning and execution of the proceedings. For the first time ever, the Muslim delegates were accorded a SURAU and blessed with HALAL food and there is nothing more we can ask from them.
But yes, there are still more. The welcoming dance was one; which was also enjoyed by the other incoming passengers of two simultaneous flights who were able to savor the sights. Again, this is no ordinary event even in our own country!
The other notable memory was the gift handouts which in its very own simplicity has made me to rethink how much the Host Country has gone all out just to please the visiting guests. Datuk Razali CM will have to stop asking the BEBC Chairman as to why the latter had spend more time in the Philippines.
Last but not lease, the farewell night which seems to be the finale of the Transport Meeting was held at the oolside of a mansion belonging to Commodore Nick Hernandez, who happen to be the BEBC Chairman of Palawan. Unfortunately,
Yours faithfully was not able to attend but I can imagine how exciting it can be because our past experience saw an occasion which even words can fail to express the satisfying feelings of those attending.
It is my fervent hope that more private sector participation can be countered in all our future BIMPEAGA meetings.
The materials facts that has been deliberated will be featured in the separate story.
Datuk Roselan J Mohamed
Chairman – BEBC.