Brunei Darussalam will continue to strive for greater innovation and technological advancements through a whole-of-nation approach.
This was said by Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof during a panel discussion at the Changi Aviation Summit 2022 (CAS 2022) at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore on May 17-18.
The minister added that the innovation and advancements must go hand-in-hand by strengthened safety and security systems that will address non-traditional challenges including cybersecurity.
The minister also released and adopted the ‘Joint Support for the Recovery of the Civil Aviation Sector’, supporting the initiatives towards the aviation sector’s urgent recovery.
A joint communique was also released, highlighting the support towards reviving and accelerating the recovery of the global aviation sector, promoting environmental sustainability and supporting the development and growth of the sector through inclusive innovation.
During the panel discussion on ‘Inclusive Innovation’, Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib shared the Sultanate’s own experiences and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the opportunity it represents with accelerated digital transformation. Targets for the adoption of digital technologies in 2023 were achieved in 2020.
Themed ‘Readying for Take-off: A Brighter and Cleaner Tomorrow’, the CAS 2022 was officiated by Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Minister in-charge of Trade Relations S Iswaran.
Transport ministers from ASEAN member states, government representatives and aviation experts, including from International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) also attended.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib also received courtesy calls from Iswaran, and Malaysia’s Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong, where aviation and land transport matters were discussed.
The delegation also conducted working visits to several agencies related to the transport sector in Singapore, including the Changi Airport Group and the Land Transport Authority (LTA), with the main objectives to exchange information and learn best practices in the development of the land transport and aviation sectors towards sustainability.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof and senior officials also attended the summit.