DATO Paduka Awang Haji Abd Wahab bin Juned, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office attended the Asean-Republic of Korea Ministerial Roundtable and Exhibition on Public Governance in Busan, Republic of Korea on December 12.
The Ministerial Roundtable on Public Governance was organised with the theme ‘Better Governance, Happier Citizens’. Present during the roundtable were Public Administration Ministers of Asean and the Republic of Korea. The discussions were geared towards issues relating to the future of good governance.
The roundtable comprised three sessions focussing on Government Innovation, Civil Service Reform and e-Government. During each session, presentations were delivered, followed by free discussions by the ministers before ending with country best practice presentations.
Also present were Haji Yahya bin Haji Idris, Permanent Secretary (Corporate Affairs & Public Administration) at the Prime Minister’s Office; Hajah Mariah binti Haji Taha, Senior Special Duties Officer (Prime Minister’s Office); and senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health.
During the roundtable, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abd Wahab delivered Brunei Darussalam’s presentation during the 3rd session (e-Government) that highlighted the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s full commitment towards the development of e-Government, and the growing importance of e-Government due to the recent developments of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the wide use of Internet that has become an important instrument to improve public services as well as the transparency and accountablitiy of the government.
Also covered was the impact of e-Government on government processess through projects such as the Treasury Accounting and Financial Information System (TAFIS) and the Government Employee Management System (GEMS) in making processes more streamlined and thereby making decisions more informed and faster, and the impact of e-Government on the general public through projects in the areas such as healthcare (Bru-HIMS), education (e-Hijrah) and the business community (Onebiz).
Brunei Darussalam also participated in the Asean section of an exhibition as part of an official programme for the Commemorative Summit. Amongst the items exhibited were Brunei’s e-Government-shared IT services along with kiosks displaying information on common applications and e-services currently being used such as TAFIS and Bru-HIMS.