Event Date/Time: Sep 24, 2002 End Date/Time: Sep 26, 2002
Registration Date: Sep 24, 2002
Early Registration Date: Jul 31, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 30, 2002
Paper Submission Date: Aug 31, 2002
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Theme: Challenges and Opportunities to Developing Nations in the 21st Century

Date: 24th – 26th September 2002

Venue: Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Organised by: The Department of Geography, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Style: Forum for all parties concerned with the impacts of globalisation on developing nations

Background: Globalisation is an inevitable issue for all developing nations. Initial optimism of its benefits has given way to uncertainties, scepticism and fear. Opponents of globalisation see it as a process of re-colonisation by the rich and powerful ‘west’. In recent years, a counter-current has emerged, with a proliferation of cyber-terrorism, violent anti-globalisation protests, and manifesting most ominously on September 11, 2001, with the attack on the WTC, New York. The event triggered global concerns for security and ultimately the sustainability of the individual, businesses and nations.

Aim: To provide a forum for all parties concerned – policy makers and planners, business community, academicians, consultants, GOs and NGOs, and the concerned individual – to share thoughts, information, analysis and ideas on how developing nations can plan for globalisation

Key issues: Can anyone person, business, corporation, community or government really plan for globalisation? These would be discussed against a backdrop of an increasingly ICT-driven world; integrated global financial markets; global economy and regionalism; highly mobile labour market, travellers and interest groups; diminishing cultural heritage and changing environment. The conference will address human-level issues, focussing on how the people in developing nations are affected by globalisation and what can they do to take advantage of the changing conditions, instead of being overwhelm by its force and might.

The ‘New Economy’
Development and trade
Tourism and sustainability
Globalisation and Local Cultures
Equity and Gender
The Environment
Cultural and Natural Heritage
The Emerging Global Threats

Conference Structure: The conference will comprise plenary sessions and roundtables. The former involves research studies that are expected to improve the knowledge base on globalisation in developing nations, particularly, to help them embrace globalisation with better planning and capacity. Roundtables are meant to bring together academicians, business people, GO and NGO and other interested parties to discuss issues and challenges of globalisation from human-level perspectives.

Keynote Speaker: Associate Prof. Victor Savage, presently Head of Geography at the National University of Singapore, has kindly accepted to give the keynote lecture. With his vast experience on cultural landscapes and changing environment, as well as specialisation in Southeast Asia, his lecture is anticipated to provide the framework and inspiration for a lively and fruitful conference. AP Savage obtained his PhD from Berkeley and is involved in a broad range of researches in cultural, environmental and political-economy issues on Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. Among his many posts, he is also the Director of the Editorial Board of the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography; board member of the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) member of the Singapore History Museum Board; member of the Board of Trustees of The Institute of the Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and an advisor for EduMall, a joint venture between Panpac E Medica and the National Computer Systems (NCS).

Why meet in Brunei?
1. Politically Neutral, Stable and Small. Brunei Darussalam, or the Abode of Peace, is a small peaceful nation with a cosmopolitan population of around 300,000 people (60% Malay groups). Foreign workers make up nearly half of the labour force, and are engaged in the economy as skilled/unskilled labourers and professionals. The quiet setting, free from traffic congestions and social unrest, coupled with low crime rate and moderate Islamic governance makes Brunei, and its capital especially, Bandar Seri Begawan, an ideal place for international meetings.

2. Embracing Globalisation. Following APEC2000 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam committed itself fully to the development of ICT infrastructure and e-commerce. Globally linked via satellite and a mesh of communication networks, the country has enhanced its capacity to facilitate the globalisation process with the expansion of its deep-water port at Muara and easing of import tariffs. Brunei Darussalam is presently experiencing a mixed range of benefits and problems as a consequence of opening itself to the world. The sharing of experience among participants may cover important information gaps in the understanding of globalisation and perhaps lead to symbiotic and synergistic developments that could benefit all concerned.

3. “A Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures”. This slogan for the Visit Brunei Year campaign in 2001 was apt because Brunei remains mysterious beneath its lush tropical rainforests, history of a kingdom stretching more than 500 years, and tales of unimaginable wealth. The conference would provide the opportunity for discovery of cultures and nature not found anywhere else in the world.

Roundtable Focus Questions
NE How can the local (small) businesses ride the threats of globalisation and find opportunities in the new economy? (Special focus will be given to the digital divide in the global business community and tourism)
LC How can the local community thrive and grow with increasing regionalisation? (e.g. ASEAN, APEC, BIMP-EAGA agreements)
TC Will globalisation erode local traditional cultures? Should traditional cultures be preserved?
HE How can natural and cultural heritages be protected from degradation in the globalisation process?
EV How would global environmental concerns affect the local community?
EQ Is globalisation reducing or increasing inequality in society? What are the pressing local issues on equity? (Focus on gender, children & poor)
TH How can the individual, society and local government deal with threats to lives, economy and national security? (Focus on real & cyber terrorism)

Notes to Conference Presenters: The organiser invites paper presenters from academia, industry, organisations or independent individuals presenters. Abstracts (<300 words) of plenary papers should be submitted to the organisers, preferably via email, by the end of June. Hard copy submissions may also be sent by post or facsimile to the Secretariat at:

The Secretariat, ICGP2002,
Geography Dept., FASS,
Universiti Brunei Darussalam,
Tungku, BE 1410,
Brunei Darussalam
Fax: +673-2-249528
Email: icgp2002@fass.ubd.edu.bn.


Additional Information

Important Dates: Abstract Deadline: June 30 Notification of Acceptance: July 14 Discussant synopsis July 31 Submission of papers: August 31 The registration fee is BND250 or USD140 and covers all conference materials, refreshments and a social event. Early bird registration before July 31 will be given a 20% discount, i.e. BND200 or USD112. Fees may be paid by demand draft or money order payable to Tabung Universiti Brunei Darussalam, or by cash.