The Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) in collaboration with the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) recently completed the ICT Market Study and held a stakeholder consultation forum on February 10 to finalise the recommendations.
The study’s objective is to understand how to grow the ICT industry in Brunei Darussalam in terms of its contribution to the economy and creating sustainable and good paying jobs via the digitalisation of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The CSPS team of consultants are Senior Researcher Dr Giuseppe Rizzo as project leader, Chief Researcher/Interim Executive Director Dr Diana Cheong as co-project leader, Associate Researcher Pengiran Redhuan bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rajak as project manager with technical assistance from Professor Eduardo Araral of the National University of Singapore.
Around 50 stakeholders from the public and private sectors attended the forum.
A number of favourable responses were received such as the timeliness of the study towards transforming Brunei into a smart digital nation and the comprehensiveness of the recommendations.
In order for Brunei Darussalam to transition towards becoming a digital native (see diagram below), the consultants recommended a programme that aims to sustainably grow the demand for ICT solutions among local MSMEs, while at the same time expanding the supply of competitive local ICT professionals.