The Ministry of Transport and Infocom-munications (MTIC) yesterday launched the MTIC 2025, its strategic plan for the next five years. The main focus of the plan is in line with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s aspiration for the country to become a ‘Smart Nation’.
With its new vision of a ‘Connected Smart Nation’ and the mission of ‘Enhancing Connectivity for Great Socio-Economic Opportunities, Innovation and High Quality of Life’, the plan is also in concert with the three goals of Brunei Vision 2035: ensuring high quality of life; boasting highly education and skilled workforce; and having a sustainable and dynamic economy.
The ministry’s approach is guided by six core strategies.
Firstly, digital transformation by showing efforts in achieving the status of a “Smart Nation” based on digital government, establishing digital society and digital economy platforms, ensuring sustainability of the transport and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors, bringing about smart transportation through electric vehicles and making use of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) pilot projects to improve the public transport system in the country.
Secondly, the ministry also aims to support active participation and innovation from stakeholders in the field of ICT, through its Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA), not only for domestic use but for the international market.
Thirdly, the ministry will continue efforts to ensure safety standards are in place in the transport and ICT sectors by reducing road fatality rates as well as upholding the safety and preparedness standards and compliance for all agencies under it for the safety, security and well-being of all users and passengers.
The fourth strategy ensures that the policy and regulatory framework is conducive to investments and businesses by actively pursuing initiatives, joint ventures and colla-boration with stakeholders to consolidate policy suggestions and recommendations for formulation and review to further facilitate industry and investment development.
The fifth area of focus is the organisational transformation, which is the transformation of management and operations with new approaches in achieving service efficiency and effectiveness for the public, especially in postal services, civil aviation and land transport sectors.
Finally, the ministry aims at enhancing international cooperation through regional and international forums, such as the ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting (ATM) and the ASEAN Digital Ministers’ Meeting (ADGMIN), where regional agreements can be pursued bilaterally and multilaterally for the benefit of all parties in the fields of training and capacity-building in the transport and ICT sectors.