Spotlight on smart nation, digital government

Syazwani Hj Rosli

“There are only 104,000 registered e-Services users in the country,” said Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof.

He made this statement at the Civil Service Conference 2019, held in conjunction with the 26th Civil Service Day celebration at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) yesterday. The conference was organised by the Civil Service Institute (IPA).

Haji Mohammad Nazri during his talk on ‘IR 4.0 – Enabling Integrity in Digital Government?’ said, “Mobile broadband and service coverage for all four districts ranges from 99 per cent to 66 per cent; 88 per cent Internet penetration rate; 134 per cent mobile phone penetration rate; 88 per cent are smartphone users; 61 per cent of households have laptops, 76 per cent are e-commerce users; 95 per cent have access to social media (especially WhatsApp), and 42 per cent are businesses that capitalises ICT fully.”

Speaking on the concept of digital government, he said the production and access to data, services and content are sourced and distributed across the digital ecosystem, to create public value.

He said Brunei’s digital government strategy to achieve Brunei Vision 2035 includes the Digital Government improving online services, government processes and services; and seamless flow of information across government, citizens and businesses – greater transparency and better insights for informed decision making.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Info-communications Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof speaks at the event
A section of the attendees. PHOTOS: MUIZ MATDANI

There are six programmes supporting the digital government strategy: Implementing universal access for government systems, advancing digital services, strengthening securities, enhancing stakeholder engagement, optimising digital assets and developing enterprise information management capability.

There are 39 government e-services from business and finance, health, law, immigration and travel, transportation, family and social welfare.

The event included talks on ‘How Leaders are Navigating the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ by Pengiran Dr Haji Hishamuddin bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Badaruddin, Director, Deloitte Consulting South East Asia, Singapore; and three plenary sessions by local speakers – ‘Smart Projects Initiatives’ by Dr Wida Susanty binti Haji Suhaili from Universiti Telnologi Brunei; ‘4IR Implication on Values and Ethics’ by Dr Muhammad Anshari Ali from Unieversiti Brunei Darussalam, and ‘Fostering Smart Collaboration and Sustainability’ by Rhymin & Partners Sdn Bhd CEO Sairul Rhymin bin CA Mohammad. Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud was the guest of honour.

Permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries, directors, heads of departments, senior officers and officers from government agencies also attended.

Over 200 officers from several government agencies attended the conference, themed ‘Strengthening of Public Service Integrity and Innovation in the Era of the 4th Industrial Revolution.’