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Smart Nation Summit And Straits Digital Exchange, 26th – 27th June 2019

The Smart Nation Summit was the highlight event of the Smart Nation Innovations Week held from 24 to 28 June in Singapore. This Summit aimed to facilitate open and impactful discussion on issues and trends relating to digital transformation, a digital Asia, and trust in a digital age.

Officiated by His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, the event was attended by 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.

Yang Berhormat The Minister then joined other ministers and industry leaders at the Straits Digital Exchange forum. This closed session served as an interactive discussion forum where Ministers and industry leaders exchanged views on key policy issues and the role that governments and industries must play in "Accelerating the Digital Economy: Building Digital Readiness".

The forum also discussed and shared best practices, challenges and success stories in areas of digital transformation of businesses and industries, workers empowerment, and building digital societies amongst others. This includes readiness in terms of equipping and reskilling the workforce and using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve problems, help policy decision-making and enhancing the quality of lives. Smart Nation initiatives and the nation's readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution are key relevant issues in the context of Brunei Darussalam.

Group photo of Ministers and industry leaders at the Straits Digital Exchange Forum.