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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF HIS MAJESTY THE SULTAN AND YANG DI-PERTUAN OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE SULTANATE OF OMAN ON CO-OPERATION IN THE FIELD OF INFORMATION

 

Background

 

His Majesty's Government of Brunei Darussalam through The Department of Radio Television Brunei (RTB), Prime Minister's Office, had signed a new contract with an Indonesian satellite operator, Satelindo in June 2011. This contract involved the leasing of one-quarter of transponder 1H on Palapa C2, which came to effect in the 17 June 2001 and expected to expire on 16th June 2006.

 

With the leasing of that 'spare capacity', RTB has been able to broadcast its satellite TV Channel that can be seen in Asia. The goal of this satellite TV Channel is to enhance the image of Brunei Darussalam in the regional and global arena with the following as the main objectives: 1) to develop programme content which consists of news, current affairs, documentaries and religious knowledge in both Malay and English. 2) To position Brunei Darussalam as a source of religious knowledge dissemination 3) to transform this channel to become Malay satellite channel

 

Apart from RTB, there is also another broadcaster, which utilizes the same 'space-capacity' at different time slot. Even so, the 'space-capacity' is still available at different time slot and open to their broadcaster to rent (other users shall be accountable to RTB not only for all contents but also on the technical parameter).

 

The state aim of the MOU was to enhance the cooperation between two governments in the field of information but for us, it is much more that. Information is the pillar of communications between governments and the peoples and between governments and other governments. It is where our two peoples can learn about both our countries, our cultures, our history, our achievements and many more and thus in the long run, better our relationship. Aim is then to foster closer cooperation and friendship between two information organs which will become the effective conduit to further strengthen the special bondage and relations between countries and peoples which are separated by geographical distances.

 

To strengthen and promote co-operation and friendship between them on the basis mutual interest, the following is agreed :- 1) The two Governments shall hold meetings between senior officials from the two countries to discuss areas of co-operation in the field of information, and each country shall nominate a representative for these discussions. 2) Both Governments may nominate representative for specialized committees to study specific topics within the field of information. 3) In the event that this MOU is terminated, all programmers, projects or agreements which were entered inti but not concluded before the termination of the MOU shall continue in force until their conclusion.

 

Signing

Signed in Muscat on 19 Jumada I, 1418 corresponding with 21 September 1997.

 

Written in two versions in the two languages (Arabic and English), each of which shall have the same legal authenticity and, in case of any divergence of interpretation, The English Version shall prevail.

 

Pehin Dato Haji Isa bin Ibrahim, Special Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in the Prime Minister's Office and Minister of Home Affairs

 

For the Government of the Sultanate of Oman H. E Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al Rowas, Minister of Information

 

 

Attend Meeting

Dato Paduka Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister's Office, Brunei Darussalam

 

Sultanate of Oman

H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Shuwein Al-Hosni, Undersecretary, Ministry of Information, Sultanate of Oman

 

Consideration of Discussion Papers on Proposed Areas of Cooperation:

A: Information and Print Media

1) Exchange Programme for Information Officers

2) Exchange Programmed or Print Media (Journalist and Photographers)

3) Exchange of Printed Materials and Publications

 

B: Broadcasting

1 – Television Programmes Exchange

2 – Radio Programme Exchange

3 – Education, Training and Research

4- Brunei Darussalam's Offer for the Unused Transponder Time.

 

Dicussion Paper of the Sultanate of Oman

1) Cooperation in the area pf News Agencies

2) Exchange Programme for Information Officers

3) Exchange Programme for Print Media (Journalist and Photographers

4) Exchange of Printed Materials and Publications

5) Television Programme Exchange

6) Radio Programme Exchange

7) Training Exchange Programme