Spotlight on Brunei’s digital transformation

Lyna Mohamad

The nation’s digital transformation was among several matters highlighted at the Muzakarah session held yesterday between the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) and Legislative Council (LegCo) members, at the MTIC’s Al-Mahabbah Meeting Room.

The 18-member LegCo delegation, led by Yang Berhormat Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii, also witnessed a presentation on the framework of the Digital Economy Master Plan by Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof.

The minister then disclosed the strategic aspects contained in the upcoming MTIC Strategic Plan, which will be launched this year; the expanding role of the ministry, which now oversees current issues of increasing importance such as cybersecurity, e-Government, Science and Technology; and the ministry’s action plan for the next five years.

In his remarks, the minister said that in achieving Brunei Vision 2035, the MTIC will continuously ensure its direction for a sustainable and steady nation development, particularly in the field of transportation and info-communications.

He also pointed out that it is the national aspiration to improve Brunei’s position in international rankings which include Top 4 in ASEAN in the Global Cybersecurity Index, Top 40 in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) ICT Development Index and Top 40 in a United Nations (UN) E-Government Survey.

“This aspiration will drive efforts and energy in making the country as a Smart Nation, and the ministry plans to issue its Strategic Plan 2020-2025 with a new vision relevant to the renaming of the ministry, which is ‘Connected Smart Nation’,” said the minister.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof speaks during the Muzakarah session yesterday. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD
Legislative Council members at the MTIC
Legislative Council members briefed at the MTIC

“Towards digital transformation, several new policies and directions that are more focussed have been merged under the ministry, particularly in policies related to info-communications,” he added.

“At an international level, strong cooperation with ASEAN member countries, through consistent agreements and action plans serves as a guideline to any initiatives that will be implemented on the transportation and info-communication sector.”

In her response, Yang Berhormat Nik Hafimi said that the Muzakarah session is an important opportunity for LegCo members to understand the developments and the KPI of the Strategic Plan conducted by the MTIC, particularly on those contributing towards Brunei Vision 2035.

“With the establishment of Digital Economy Council, digital transformation interests need to be handled together as a whole nation,” she said.

Prior to the Muzakarah session, the LegCo delegation was given a tour of the MTIC Innovation Showcase which exhibited smart innovations through the concept of Smart Homes as a brief insight into innovative living facilitated by the latest technological and innovative developments brought about by Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0.

The delegates also toured the Brunei National Road Safety Council (BNRSC) Gallery, showcasing the latest technological efforts made towards achieving the zero target for road accidents and fatalities by 2025, including the latest project called RADED (Road Accident Data Development and Enhancement) as a computerised system database allowing for detailed analysis, as well as a holistic approach towards strategising road safety initiatives as a whole.

Yesterday’s Muzakarah session between the MTIC and the LegCo members is a platform them for open discussion and exchanges, as well as sharing of views on matters of mutual and public interest in the transport and info-communications sectors, especially in the improvement of service quality and programmes implemented by the MTIC for the benefit of the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam.

Also present at the session were Permanent Secretary at the MTIC Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof; Deputy Permanent Secretary (Infocommunications, Cybersecurity, Strategy and Corporate) at the MTIC Haji Hairul Mohd Daud bin Haji Abdul Karim; and Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary (Transport, Research and Development) at the MTIC Pengiran Haji Mohd Zain bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Razak.