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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications attended the 19th ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting (19th TELMIN) and its related meetings in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 24th to 25th October 2019.
The Minister of Transport and Infocommunications led a delegation of senior officials from the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC) and the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI).
The annual ASEAN TELMIN gathers ICT/Digital Ministers from ASEAN Member States to discuss regional ICT development and decide on the direction of ICT cooperation within ASEAN and with the dialogue partners.
The key outcome of the Meeting was the Vientiane Declaration on "Smart Connectivity for ASEAN Digital Transformation" which was adopted to advance ASEAN's desire to strengthen digital connectivity and accessibility, so as to pave the way for a thriving digital economy and society in the region.
In line with the role of ICT as an enabler of digital transformation to other sectors, the Ministers agreed to rename TELMIN to ASEAN Digital Ministers' Meeting (ADGMIN). The Ministers also adopted the framework for the development of the ASEAN Digital Masterplan 2025 that will supersede the current ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2020 by the end of next year.
ASEAN Ministers also reaffirmed the importance of promoting regional cybersecurity collaborations and enhancing coordination among ASEAN Member States on cybersecurity policy development and capacity building. The Ministers also welcomed 5G initiatives within ASEAN including 5G infrastructure, spectrum management, use cases and security.
In addition, the Ministers held meetings with Dialogue Partners namely, People's Republic of China, Japan and Republic of Korea. In these Meetings, the Ministers appreciated the progress achieved in the cooperation with the dialogue partners. Under the cooperation with People's Republic of China, the Ministers welcomed the 2020 China-ASEAN Year of Cooperation on Digital Economy and endorsed the China-ASEAN ICT Work Plan for 2020.
The Ministers welcomed the endorsement of the 2020 ASEAN-Korea ICT Work Plan to foster ASEAN-Korea cooperation in maximising the benefits and development of emerging technologies, such as 5G and artificial intelligence. The Ministers also endorsed the 2020 ASEAN-Japan ICT Work Plan which supports the implementation of the AIM2020 initiatives relevant to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by digitalisation.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib also held courtesy call to Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Lao PDR. Also present during the courtesy call was His Excellency Haji Na'aim bin Haji Mohd Salleh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to Lao PDR. The Minister also held a series of informal meetings with his counterparts from People's Republic of China and Republic of Korea to discuss on efforts and initiatives to strengthen the bilateral relations in the fields of 5G and digital economy with the respective countries.
The 19th TELMIN was preceded by the 20th ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Senior Officials' Meeting (20th TELSOM) on 22nd to 23rd October 2019. Brunei Darussalam's delegation to the 20th TELSOM was led by Pengiran Haji Mohammad Zain bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Razak, Chief Executive of AITI.
Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications
25th October 2019
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