Centralised, digitalised database need of the hour

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |

THE administration system is one of the government’s most vital components, as it supports the country’s National Vision towards ensuring the implementation and drafting of policies in a transparent and effective manner.

Speaking yesterday at the second meeting of the 15th Legislative Council (LegCo) session, Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman added that in order for the country to achieve Brunei Vision 2035 and meet the country’s ever-increasing needs, the whole nation must work together in a “disciplined and prudent” manner.

“Success can only be realised with strong fiscal planning as well as designing a long-term strategy,” she said.

“In this regard, continuous agreement, cooperation and transparency from all parties will be needed to realise Brunei Vision 2035.” Proposing solutions for capacity building, Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty explained that this can be done by providing training for qualified government officers.

“Such initiatives will be able to assist the government to increase productivity and help it achieve its objectives in the long run. Indirectly it will help them to engage and prepare themselves in facing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR),” she said.

She explained that in this current digital era, we should work towards setting up a centralised and digitalised database.

“A centralised and digitised database will be a system where all important data are collected and stored in order to avoid data duplication. The country needs to have a designated database that can only be accessed by stakeholders,” she said.

“This will make Brunei more developed and turn it into a smart nation and maximise the potential of a digital economy. Such a database will further improve the process of data maintenance and security.”

Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty stressed that in order to meet the challenges and skills requirements brought about by 4IR, government agencies need to adopt innovative strategies to give their workers wider exposure to these changes. Collaboration in the industrial sector, she said, is one of the effective strategies to help prepare the people to overcome the challenges brought about by the technology era.

As for education, Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty pointed out a number of proposals she suggested during the Smart Future Forum organised by Authority for Info-communications Technology of Brunei (AITI) early this year.

“The country’s youth need to have proper training and (be given) hands-on experience, especially students at the higher learning level,” she said.

“This needs to be done in collaboration with academicians, government and industry players so that the youth will be more exposed to the industry and able to improve their skills in problem solving, creativity, critical thinking and innovation.

“It has also been frequently emphasised that the country needs to train students for future employment in keeping with this era of digital growth.”

Last year, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) began reviewing and promoting the National Youth Policy. The study, involving more than 3,000 youth, was part of the government’s ongoing efforts towards involving youth in national development to realise the aspirations of Brunei Vision 2035.