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BIT Council Convened First Meeting for 2016

The first BIT Council meeting in 2016 convened at Al-Mahabbah, Ministry of Communications discussed the National ICT White Paper, the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), the Brunei ICT Industry Competency Framework (BIICF) under the National ICT Manpower Masterplan, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and bridging the Digital Divide.

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NRI WORKSHOPS

2012

The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) is a measuring tool using a wide set of indicators to measure a country’s performance on how a particular country performs over time with respect to building a competitive information society.

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BIT Council Event

16 December 2009

The BIT Council’s first event was held with the objective of sharing knowledge and experiences by Brunei Darussalam’s ICT stakeholders to strengthen Brunei’s competitiveness in the international ICT arena.

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The Brunei Darussalam National IT Council (BIT Council) was formed with the consent of His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan and Yang DiPertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam. The formation was officially announced by the Honorable Minister of Communications during 'ICT Development - A Way Forward' Seminar organized by the Ministry Of Communications.

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The first BIT Council meeting in 2016 convened at Al-Mahabbah, Ministry of Communications. The meeting discussed the National ICT White Paper, the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), the Brunei ICT Industry Competency Framework (BIICF) under the National ICT Manpower Masterplan, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and bridging the Digital Divide.

BIT COUNCIL CONVENED FIRST MEETING FOR 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016 – The National ICT White Paper and the implementation of several key strategies aimed at further spearheading the development of the ICT sector were among the issues discussed at the first BIT Council meeting for the year 2016. The meeting was chaired by Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, Minister of Communications.

The Council also discussed the twelve (12) key targets of the National ICT White Paper and agreed to review the targets and timelines in view of current financial, management and operational constraints. The meeting then continued to discuss the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), and agreed for the ten (10) lighthouse projects identified in the NRI Phase II Study for implementation under the National ICT Whitepaper and be taken up by the respective agencies.

The meeting was further informed on the ongoing implementation of the National ICT Manpower Masterplan, in particular the development of the Brunei ICT Industry Competency Framework (BIICF). The BIT Council was then briefed on Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and discussed several recommendations for AITI to develop ETA regulations in consultation with relevant stakeholders.

The meeting concluded with a discussion on bridging the digital divide and the possible funding mechanisms for the Universal Service Provision Fund in order to improve telecommunications accessibility in rural areas. The Honorable Minister of Communications highlighted that socio-economic development of the nation should be paramount to the BIT Council’s agenda.

This first BIT Council meeting of 2016 was attended by Awang Ahmaddin Bin Haji Abd Rahman, Permanent Secretary (Performance) Ministry of Finance, Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Ahmad, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications, Awang Muhammad Norshafiee bin Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, Deputy Permanent Secretary (IT E-Government & Industry), Prime Minister’s Office, Pengiran Haji Md Zain bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Razak, Chief Executive of AITI and other senior government representatives from respective government ministries. Also present were key members from the industry including Chairman of Infocom Federation Brunei (IFB), Chairman of the Brunei Darussalam International Chamber of Commerce (BDICC), Chairman of the Bank Association of Brunei (BAB) and representative from the Brunei Shelll Petroleum Sdn Bhd. It was held at the Ministry of Communications.

The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) is a measuring tool using a wide set of indicators to measure a country’s performance. The NRI is used in the World Economic Forum and INSEAD’s Global Information Technology Report (GITR) that publishes annually. The NRI provides a unique way of observing how a particular country performs over time with respect to building a competitive information society.

In 2014, Brunei Darussalam was ranked 45 out of 148 countries in the NRI.

NETWORKED READINESS INDEX WORKSHOP FOR SOCIETY COMPLETED

10th October 2012 – The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) workshop for Society stakeholders was held today at the Radisson Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan. The workshop chaired by YM Dato Paduka Dr. Haji Affendy bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, was attended by more than 50 representatives from several private associations, NGOs, village heads as well as the government and business sectors.

The Society workshop is the final event in a series of workshops conducted separately for the Government, Business and Society stakeholders. The objectives of these workshops are to gather input from the relevant stakeholders with regards to the strategic recommendations from the outcomes of NRI Study Phase 1 as well as to identify priority areas and key “lighthouse” projects that can boost Brunei Darussalam’s ranking in the NRI.

Similar workshops for Government and Business stakeholders were carried out on 3rd and 4th September respectively. The outcome of these workshops will be presented to the BIT Council and the final report is expected to be completed by end of this year.

In his opening remarks, YM Dato Paduka Dr. Haji Affendy bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, urged the participants to express their concerns and challenges that society faces in order to align with one of the strategic recommendations which is to shift from “ICT readiness” to “ICT usage”.

In June this year, the Brunei IT (BIT) Council through the Ministry of Communications and the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) embarked on the second phase of the in-depth study in improving Brunei’s ranking in the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) with collaboration from INSEAD e-Lab and D&L Partners.

The NRI is a measurement index that measures the degree of preparation of a nation to participate in and benefit from ICT developments. This ranking is produced annually in the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) by the World Economic Forum and INSEAD with more than 140 participating economies across the world. Brunei Darussalam’s ranking has been constantly improving from 63 (NRI 2008/2009) to last year’s (NRI 2010/2011) 57. This year (NRI 2011/2012), Brunei has climbed three (3) places to be ranked at 54.

BRUNEI ENGAGED TO IMPROVE ICT READINESS

3rd September 2012 – The Brunei IT (BIT) Council through the Ministry of Communications and the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) has embarked on the second phase of the in-depth study in improving Brunei’s ranking in the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) with collaboration from INSEAD e-Lab and D&L Partners.

The NRI is a measurement index that measures the degree of preparation of a nation to participate in and benefit from ICT developments. This ranking is produced annually in the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) by the World Economic Forum and INSEAD with more than 140 participating economies across the world. Brunei Darussalam’s ranking as been constantly improving from 63 (NRI 2008/2009) to last year’s (NRI 2010/2011) 57. This year (NRI 2011/2012), Brunei has climbed three (3) places to be ranked at 54.

The first phase of this study was conducted previously with several recommendations on actions and Strategic Key Performance Indicators (SKPIs) formulated for Brunei in translating higher readiness into higher levels of usage and impact in particular in business and society. It was also highlighted that Brunei has shown consistent improvements in the sub-rankings as strong emphasis has already been placed on quality of the education system and math & science education.

The current second phase of the study builds on the output from the first phase which entails focus group discussions with representatives of key stakeholders namely the Government, Business and Society in a series of workshops. The objectives of the second phase are to:

a. Engage relevant stakeholders from the Government, Business and Society sectors in the finalization of the SKPIs identified in Phase 1;

b. Generate the relevant stakeholders’ support in turning relevant indicators into measurable actions and progress in ICT usage; and

c. Enable the identification of key “lighthouse” projects, accompanies by their respective metrics (SKPIs) and engagement campaigns.

The first workshop held today for the Government stakeholders was chaired by Awang Adi Shamsul bin Haji Sabli, Deputy Permanent Secretary (IT & E-Government), Prime Minister’s Office. The next workshop, to be held on 4th September will be for business stakeholders and will be chaired by Dayang Hajah Normah Suria binti Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr.) Haji Awang Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. The third workshop for the individual and society stakeholders will be held next month and will be chaired by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The outcome of these workshops will be presented to BIT Council and the final report is expected to be completed by end of this year.

The BIT Council’s first event was held with the objective of sharing knowledge and experiences by Brunei Darussalam’s ICT stakeholders to strengthen Brunei’s competitiveness in the international ICT arena. This event was moderated by Dr. Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of INSEAD and Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government.

BRUNEI INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (BIT) COUNCIL PAVING THE WAY FORWARD FOR BRUNEI'S ICT INDUSTRY

16 December 2009 – The Brunei Information Technology (BIT) Council held its first BIT Council Event 2009 at the Empire Hotel and Country Club, Kg Jerudong. The main objective of the event is to share knowledge and experiences by world-renowned ICT experts for Brunei Darussalam’s ICT stakeholders including the ICT industry players as well as providing opportunities to guide BIT Council in strengthening Brunei’s competitiveness within the international ICT arena.

In this event, BIT Council has invited Dr. Bruno Lanvin, an Executive Director of e-Lab from INSEAD as a presenter and moderator during this one-day event. Dr. Bruno Lanvin has been the Executive Director of the e-Lab since September 2007 and currently is the chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government. He has worked with various international agencies including the World Bank and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). During his twenty years with the United Nations, he has occupied various positions including Chief of Cabinet of the Director General of the United Nations in New-York, Head of Strategic Planning and Chief of the SME Trade Competitiveness of UNCTAD / SITE.

The event itself is divided into two (2) sessions namely the BIT Council Seminar that was held in the morning at the Indera Kayangan Ballroom, The Empire Hotel and Country Club, and an afternoon closed session. The main agenda of the morning session was a presentation by Dr. Lanvin on “Government’s role in ICT: main trends, best practices and possible implications for Brunei” followed by a question and answer session. This session was attended by various stakeholders both from the public and private agencies.

The afternoon closed session on the other hand, focused more on developing policy and strategic directions for Brunei Darussalam’s economy by creating a competitive edge within the ICT industry to achieve economic resilience without depending heavily on the oil and gas industry. This session was moderated by Dr. Lanvin with his initial presentation on “Who is winning the race for competitiveness in the global knowledge economy? How is Brunei positioned?” followed by a brainstorming session on “What priorities should be addressed next if Brunei wants to make the most of the knowledge- and ICT-based opportunities in the emerging new global distribution of labour?”.

Among the invited participants for the afternoon closed session include the BIT Council Chairman, The Honorable Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Communications, the Deputy Co-Chairman of BIT Council, Yang Mulia Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awg Eussoff Agaki bin Haji Ismail, Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office as well as BIT Council Members, the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI)’s Members of Authority, members of the e-Business Leadership Forum (EBLF) and other invited guests. The session ended with a wrap-up session in consolidating input by the participants during the brainstorming session by Dr. Lanvin.

The BIT Council event 2009 is organized by AITI as the secretariat for BIT Council.

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