Startup bags third prize at ASEAN awards

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BRUNEI startup PHMD Publishing Co has won third place in the Digital category at the second ASEAN ICT Awards.

A press statement from the Ministry of Communications said the iCentre incubatee bagged the prize during the awards which took place in Singapore.

Winners of the ASEAN ICT Awards were announced during the 13th ASEAN Telecommunications & Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) gala dinner on Thursday.

The dinner was part of the two-day 13th TELMIN and other related meetings held in Singapore.

Representing Brunei at the meeting was Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar.

Brunei has been assigned to continue its role as project leader for the ASEAN CIO Forum and ASEAN ICT Awards, the statement read.

At the meeting, ASEAN TELMIN ministers adopted the Singapore Declaration with the theme “Connecting Communities, Co-creating possibilities”.

The declaration reiterated ASEAN’s commitment to promote ICT-driven economic transformation through people engagement, empowerment and innovation that are built on infrastructure development, human capital development and bridging digital divide efforts.

The ministers also agreed to prioritise the development of the OCT Master Plan for ASEAN to ensure continuity and provide a stable, conducive environment for business and communities to flourish.

In accordance with the ASEAN ICT Master Plan 2015, various projects were implemented throughout the year, including two projects under Brunei’s leadership. The projects include the ASEAN CIO Forum and ASEAN ICT Awards.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who opened the meeting, called on ASEAN to work together in eradicating cyber criminal acts that have a potential impact on damaging critical infrastructure which could endanger human lives.

The prime minister also proposed three main topics to be considered: the harmonisation of the 700MHz frequency band where Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have committed to harmonisation of this band as per the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) band plan, transition from analog to digital television broadcasting and the protection of submarine telecommunications cables. - Harny Abu Khair

The Brunei Times