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Towards a transformed new norm

Lyna Mohammad

The Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) will participate in this year’s Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition 2022 under the Digital Technology Week event.

Themed ‘Digital Technology: Towards a Transformed New Norm’, the event will take place from June 8-11.

Permanent Secretary at the MTIC Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof shared that in last year’s event themed ‘Smart Nation Through Digital Transformation’, MTIC conducted a number of theme-related conferences alongside the exhibitions showcased throughout the Digital Technology Week event and received an overwhelming public response.

Following last year’s success, he said this year’s theme is relevant to the situation amid the pandemic where digital technology continues to be upgraded in terms of its usage and has now been adapted by the community as the new normal.

The permanent secretary noted that the use and adaptation of digital technology for the public is not only as a facilitator but can also provide an alternative and synergetic effect for the ecosystem in the Sultanate involving the government, business and society.

However, there are also concerns about the growing issue of cybersecurity, which can be tackled through awareness and learning.

Permanent Secretary at the MTIC Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD

This is in alignment with the Maqasid Syariah to preserve and protect the five basics in the syariah, namely religion, life, intellect, lineage and property.

“Taking into account the ecosystem of government, business and society, MTIC will implement a whole-of-nation approach at the Digital Technology Week with participation from other ministries, higher learning institutions, government-linked companies (GLCs), private parties and non-governmental organisations (NGOs),” said Haji Mohammad Nazri.

Participating agencies for the Digital Technology Week 2022 are the Land Transport Department, Department of Civil Aviation and Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department, as well as the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

The Ministry of Education will be represented by higher learning institutions – Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).

Brunei Shell Joint Venture (BSJV) companies – Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), Brunei Shell Marketing Sdn Bhd, Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd and Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd will also participate. Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD), Cyber Security Brunei (CSB), Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), Unified National Networks (UNN), Progresif Sdn Bhd and Brunei Darussalam Central Bank (BDCB) are also billed to participate.

Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia will facilitate digital industry development and in empowering digital capabilities from the aspect of the film industry. Syarikat Thales will focus on air transport system and Money Match. The event is also supported by NGOs such as InfoCom Federation Brunei (IFB), Brunei Association of Banks and E-sports Association of Brunei (ESB).

Haji Mohammad Nazri said this year’s event which is expected to receive more participants, will focus on four concepts of smart transport, digital government, smart nation/city, creative industry and e-sports.

The conference event will be divided into four concepts according to the schedule – ‘Digital Adoption: Current State’, ‘Society: Towards Future Ready Society’, ‘Emerging Technology’ and ‘Islamic Perspective – Integrating Maqasid Syariah into new norm’.

The exhibition will involve 29 booths with showcases related to cybersecurity, use of intelligent technology in air and sea transport, Road Accident Data Enhancement and Development (RADED) system, and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the health sector, which are BruHealth and Bloodkad.

From the perspective of industry, apart from networking, the conference will allow for sharing and learning on technology related to government, businesses and society.

“The three sectors will be in the same room to discuss the technology adoption, on where we are in terms of emerging technology. We have been talking about AI, 5G, block chain, Data Analytics – so we wanted to move forward on that one,” he said.

With much focus on block chain last year, Haji Mohammad Nazri said the MTIC wants to shift the discussion on the journey towards adopting block chain and 5G technology.

Last year’s Digital Technology Week saw a line-up of activities held for children. This year, the event will also revolve on the creative industry with the MCYS and Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia involved.

“The ministry feels it can contribute towards the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the coming five to 10 years, Insya Allah,” the permanent secretary said.

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