Embracing technology key in digital era

Hakim Hayat

The key to ensure people evolve with technological advances is encouraging them to incorporate technology in their everyday lives because rapid developments leave people with no choice but to adapt, according to Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) and Secretary to the Digital Economy Council Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof.

He spoke as a key panellist in the discussion on ‘A Conversation on the Smart Nation, Digital Transformation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ as part of the Conference on ‘Smart Nation Through Digital Transformation’ under the wings of Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) 2021 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.

Haji Mohammad Nazri also shared the vision and main outcomes of the Digital Economy Masterplan 2025 launched in 2020, governance of the masterplan and updates since it
was launched.

He also emphasised the importance of the alignment of initiatives through the Digital Transformation Steering Committee formed by each ministry to monitor and steer the digital transformation in their respective sector. He shared the aspiration to make Brunei Darussalam more innovative and export-oriented country. The Sultanate’s strength include having high connectivity which acts as a leverage towards digital transformation.

Another key panellist Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii, who is also member of the Digital Economy Council, shared the impact of technologies and understanding the need for change. She emphasised the need for adaptive learning to educate future generations. She also highlighted the positive impact of a digital initiative to facilitate the public in registering their companies and that the private sector plays the important role as the engine of growth.

Dynamik Technologies Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Haslina binti Haji Mohd Taib, also a key panellist, shared the impact of digital economy on the backend infrastructure which requires collaborative efforts.

She shared the importance of distributed ledger and data analytics as a way forward. She also highlighted the importance of innovation to service digital transformation and having the right skillsets required in the digital era. With the ease of data sharing, the public must also be aware of their own rights in terms of Personal Data Protection.

The event, organised by the MTIC as co-organisers of the Brunei MYCE 2021, was attended by nearly 200 participants comprising public and private sectors and students.

Permanent Secretary at the MTIC and Secretary to the Digital Economy Council Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof; LegCo member Yang Berhormat Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii and Dynamik Technologies Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Haslina binti Haji Mohd Taib during the panel discussion. PHOTO: HAKIM HAYAT