The 19th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation (AMMSTI-19) has the potential to be a platform to promote inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development through enhance cooperation in research and development among the member states, said Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Pengiran Shamhary bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Mustapha.
This includes the deployment and adoption of technologies, the minister said during the meeting.
The minister shared the development and commitment of Brunei Darussalam towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SGDs) through initiatives including the establishment of the Electric Vehicles Joint Task Force (EJTVF) and the launch of the Green Protocol in support of Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP).
The AMMSTI-19 meeting was chaired by Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Huynh Thanh Dat. The meeting discussed the report of the 81st Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI-81), which covered the implementation of activities under the ASEAN COSTI Annual Priorities 2022; proposed ASEAN COSTI Annual Priorities 2023; the proposal to facilitate and improve access to available funding sources, including the ASEAN Dialogue Partner Fund; and to further increase the involvement of the private sector through the public-private-partnership.
The meeting also exchanged views on leveraging science, technology and innovation towards achieving SDGs and driving the transition to a low-carbon economy through the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology.
Permanent Secretary at the MTIC Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Infocommunications) at the MTIC Haji Hairul Mohd Daud bin Haji Abdul Karim, Chair of the Board of Advisors to COSTI (BAC), Sub-Committees to COSTI and senior officials at the MTIC were also present at the meeting.