In an effort to propel further the Brunei ICT industry landscape, the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI) and the E-Government National Centre (EGNC), in cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is currently developing the Brunei Darussalam Digital Innovation Profile (DIP).
DIP aims to provide an assessment of our country’s ecosystem capacity and maturity to help the stakeholders to navigate through the innovation landscape with a view to building a competitive, sustainable, ICT-enabled economy.
The assessment is being conducted through a series of engagements with stakeholders to analyze the current situation and co-create appropriate solutions to close the digital innovation gap.
The workshop was held at Dewan Amar Pahlawan, Ministry of Transport and Infocommunication and was attended by a range of representatives from Government Agencies, Private sector, Academia, Entrepreneurial support networks, finance sector and Entrepreneurs.
The ceremony began with opening remarks by Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications Mohammad Nazri Mohammad Yusof highlighting the necessity for stakeholders to come together and contribute towards accurately diagnosing Brunei Darussalam’s capacity for digital innovation as well as developing concrete projects that position Brunei Darussalam as a digital leader in the region, with the Digital Economy Masterplan as a platform and also adopting the Industrial
Revolution 4.0. Stakeholders are also reminded to consider a whole-of-nation agenda for digital transformation in order for these efforts to be successful.
ITU provided an introduction to a series of activities followed by a deep dive into assessing Brunei’s strengths and weaknesses in its digital innovation ecosystem.
Among others, the objective of the DIP is to assess the different aspects of the resources available in Brunei such as funding that support the development of innovative technologies, the competent talent level in Brunei communities and the infrastructure readiness, among others.
ITU has recently conducted a round of interviews with key stakeholders that contribute to the development of the ICT innovation landscape to understand the current landscape and future aspirations in the country, with respect to ICT innovation.
In the workshop, ITU shared the assessing tools that attending stakeholders can use to gauge where Brunei stands in the entrepreneurial lifecycle, what are the obvious gaps that need to be prioritised for immediate actions and what programmes need to take place in order to solve the problems identified in the economy.
The stakeholders then brainstormed on the required components to ensure that they are able to materialise the vision for Wawasan 2035 and co-create appropriate recommendations for the further development of its ICT innovation ecosystem.
The results of the assessment tools can be used periodically in order to monitor the status of the Brunei ICT industry landscape and plan the next steps.
ITU consultant shared that the stakeholders can see how the programme has affected the target category and whether it has contributed effectively.
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