PEHIN Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications, will be attending the 14th Asean Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting (14th Asean TELMIN) scheduled to be held January 22 and 23 in Bangkok, Thailand, a press release stated.
With the theme of ‘Transforming Asean: Moving Towards Smart Communities’, the 14th Asean TELMIN will discuss, among others, the progress and development of the Asean ICT Masterplan 2015, measures towards the preparation of the 2016-2020 Asean ICT Masterplan and explore future challenges and new opportunities to strengthen cooperation among Asean Member States.
Meanwhile, Asean and Dialogue Partners will carry on their discussions to deepen and widen regional collaboration in ICT sector.
The 14th Asean TELMIN will also consider the need for each Asean Member States to contribute to the second round of the Asean ICT Fund. This Fund shall be used to facilitate and expedite the implementation of Asean ICT programs, projects and activities. Also to be held during the 14th Asean TELMIN is the Asean ICT Award. The Asean ICT Award is a project led by Brunei Darussalam, intended, among others to encourage and nurture ICT innovation in Asean.
Present at the Brunei International Airport were Mohd Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and senior officers from the Ministry of Communications.
Prior to the 14th Asean TELMIN, the 15th Asean Telecommunications and IT Senior Officials Meeting (15th Asean TELSOM) was held on January 20–21. The 15th Asean TELSOM, among others, discussed the preparation for the 14th Asean TELMIN. The implementations of projects under the Asean ICT Masterplan 2015 are monitored by the Asean TELSOM Working Groups and the Asean ICT Centre, the progress of which are further assessed by Asean TELSOM.
Brunei Darussalam’s delegation to the 15th Asean TELSOM was led by Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications. Also present as part of the delegation to the 15th Asean TELSOM were senior officers from the Ministry of Communications and the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI).