THE 14th Asean Telecommunications & Information Technology Ministers Meeting (14th TELMIN) and related meetings with dialogue partners were held in Bangkok on January 22 and 23.
Representing Brunei Darussalam was Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications, who led the Brunei delegation comprising senior officers from the Ministry of Communications as well as the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI).
The 14th TELMIN meeting and its related meetings with dialogue partners were preceded by the 15th Asean Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (15th TELSOM) and its related meetings with dialogue partners held from January 20 to 21.
Brunei Darussalam’s Head of Delegation for these meetings was Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohamad Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, joined by senior officials from the ministry and AITI.
The 14th TELMIN meeting and its related meetings with dialogue partners were officiated by General (Rtd) Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, and was chaired by Dr Pornchai Rujiprapa, Minister of Information and Communication Technology of Thailand, and Vice-Chairman was Nguyen Thanh Hung, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications of Vietnam.
The Asean ministers also held separate dialogues with their development partners from the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Asean TELMIN relationships with dialogue partners namely China, Japan, Korea, European Union (EU) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), continue to strengthen through cooperation in various areas such as cyber-security, human capacity development, disaster response and new emerging technologies.
The 14th Asean TELMIN meeting adopted the Bangkok statement with the theme “Transforming ASEAN: Moving Towards Smart Communities”, which reiterated Asean’s commitment to realise the benefits of regional integration through the use of ICT as an enabler to narrow the development gap within and between Asean Member States.
The 14th Asean TELMIN also took note of the good progress made in the implementation of the Asean ICT Masterplan 2015 (AIM2015), and agreed to further intensify efforts to complete the remaining measures in AIM2015 to facilitate realisation of the Asean Economic Community by 2015.
In addition, the meeting agreed to build upon the progress made under AIM2015 to chart the course for the post-2015 vision to further enhance innovative utilisation of ICT for a sustainable economic development. The ministers tasked the senior officials to maintain the momentum and complete the AIM2020 for adoption at the next TELMIN meeting.
The ministers also called for greater participation from private sectors to jointly develop quality ICT infrastructure and skill-based workforce to improve Asean’s competitiveness.
In conjunction with the TELMIN meeting, the Asean ICT Awards (AICTA) 2014 Gala Dinner was held on January 22 with presentations of AICTA 2014 awards to the winners for categories Public Sector, Private Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility, Digital Content, Start-Up Company, and Research and Development.
The Minister of Communications of Brunei Darussalam presented the prizes to the second and third winners in the Private Sector category. For this year, there was only one nominee from Brunei Darussalam in this category.
The AICTA has been held annually since 2012 under the coordination of Brunei Darussalam as the project proponent. The Awards represents the most prestigious business accolade in the Asean technology industry and aims to encourage and recognise innovation in Asean Member States.
Another project led by Brunei Darussalam as Project Proponent is the organising of the Asean CIO Forum (ACIOF).
The ACIOF provides a platform to share best practices and collaboration amongst CIOs across Asean and provide an opportunity for networking and relationship building within the Asean ICT industry.
Brunei Darussalam will be hosting the 4th Asean CIO Forum on June 7 to 9 with the theme “Global Competitiveness – Optimise Technological Advances”. More information can be found at www.aseancioforum.com.
The 15th Asean Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting and its related meetings with Dialogue and Development Partners will be held in Vietnam in November 2015.