COVID-19 a catalyst for adopting 4IR technology

Azlan Othman

The impact from COVID-19 has given Brunei Darussalam the opportunity to push the digital agenda forward. Innovation in fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technology, including the dissemination of digital services, has been accelerated, in an effort to increase response and recovery from the effects of COVID-19.

This was said yesterday by Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, while attending the 11th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation (IAMMSTI-11) via video conference.

Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib also opined that in line with the 4IR, the field of biotechnology is the key to post-COVID-19 economic recovery efforts.

He also reinforced that science, technology and innovation are key in ensuring the long-term success of COVID-19 vaccination and recovery strategies.

The minister supported project proposals from ASEAN member states in the fields that can contribute to strengthening regional resilience and preparedness for COVID-19.

This year, the IAMMSTI-11 ASEAN Meeting was chaired by Thailand’s Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Dr Anek Laothamatas.

Among the outcomes was the report of the 79th Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI-79) meeting, which was agreed by the members of IAMMSTI.

Also present during the meeting were Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MITC) 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.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof during the meeting. PHOTO: MTIC