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Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting on Co-Creating a Connected Digital Future in The Asia-Pacific, 25-26 June 2019, Singapore

The Ministers responsible for telecommunication / Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), met in Singapore during 25-26 June 2019 to commit to a connected digital future for the region by adopting the "Singapore Statement on Co-creating a Connected Digital Future in the Asia-Pacific".

Representing Brunei Darussalam at the meeting was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof Minister of Transport and Infocommunications. Also in attendance was Awang Haji Hairul Mohd Daud bin Haji Abdul Karim, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Infocommunications, Cybersecurity, Strategy and Corporate) of the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) as well as officers from MTIC and AITI.

The Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting was last held in Brunei Darussalam in 2014. Over the past five years, the ICT development in the region has shown remarkable improvements in accordance with the key priority areas identified at that meeting.

The Singapore Statement that was adopted by the Ministers in the Meeting sets out the vision of a connected digital future through the development of telecommunication / ICT in the Asia-Pacific region. Amongst some of the key highlights of the Singapore Statement directly relevant to Brunei Darussalam are:

  1. Digital Transformation which aims to provide an enabling environment for telecommunication/ICT development through improved telecommunication/ICT connectivity and access for citizens and businesses so as to accelerate the digital transformation of the economy and society, which will in turn contribute to socio-economic growth, innovation and better delivery of public services;
     
  2. Digital Innovation and Creativity which aims to create an environment which is conducive for digital innovation and creativity, by introducing policies and frameworks that encourage emerging technologies, accelerate the growth of digital entrepreneurship, and promote international standards on telecommunication/ICT;
     
  3. Digital Trust which aims to encourage trusted and secured systems which promote the protection of data privacy, facilitate free and secure flow of information, and are resilient towards cyber threats, so that people can engage in online activities with confidence and openly share information online; and

As part of the Ministerial Roundtable at the APT MM, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib delivered a statement during the Ministerial Session on digital transformation, and digital innovation and creativity. In this session, the Minister shared on Brunei Darussalam's initiatives in digital transformation from three main perspectives namely institutional, infrastructure development and stakeholders involvement.

During the Roundtable dialogue with the Industry, The Minister mentioned 5G will become the driving force of National ICT Development, in line with best practices in the region. Hence, Brunei will be looking into regulatory and licensing framework, spectrum allocation, governance, processes and other facilitating frameworks to ensure that they are responsive and relevant to the needs of the industry, in addition to continuous support and engagement with the industry.

The President of the Republic of Singapore, Her Excellency Madam Halimah Yacob, hosted the Gala Dinner of the Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting 2019 at the Istana on 25 June 2019 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the APT.

The APT was established in 1979 with 15 Members, including Singapore. It has since expanded to 38 Members, 4 Associate Members and 136 Affiliate Members. The APT is the only treaty-based intergovernmental organisation in the field of telecommunications/ICTs created for the Asia-Pacific region. It has played a key role in fostering regional cooperation and facilitating developmental initiatives, forums and capacity building programmes to support these developments.

The meeting was organised by the APT and hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore on 25-26 June 2019.

The Minister also held a Brunei Darussalam-Malaysia-Singapore Informal Ministerial Consultation with His Excellency Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia and His Excellency S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information Singapore on 25 June 2019. During the consultation, the Ministers shared their updates and observations from regional and international best practices and encouraged collaboration to enhance regional cooperation and expert assistance on cybersecurity and 5G readiness.

Group photo with Ministers responsible for telecommunication / Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT). Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof (front row, 3rd right)

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib delivering the Ministerial Statement

Gala Dinner of the Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting 2019 at the Istana hosted by the President of Republic of Singapore, Her Excellency Halimah Yacob

Brunei Darussalam-Malaysia-Singapore Informal Ministerial Consultation with His Excellency Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia and His Excellency S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information Singapore

Delegation from Brunei Darussalam

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