‘CIPTA Award can be catalyst for innovation, economic growth’

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BRUNEI-MUARA

FOLLOW-UP actions should be taken for participants of the Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award, said the Minister of Education.

In his opening speech during the launching of the CIPTA Award 2017 yesterday, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said these follow-up actions should include organising short courses after the competition.

“These steps need to be taken as the product designs from the competition have the potential to contribute to up-to-date, innovative and new technologies.

“This way, it can be a catalyst for creating an enabling environment that will eventually lead to more inventions and innovations and increase the likelihood of commercial success,” he said.

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) can play a key role in helping the direction and understanding the potential of the products created by the participants, said YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi.

“Moreover, with the presence of research centres and the Product Development and Manufacturing Unit at UTB, it can give full support and cooperation to the participants.”

Interested local participants can compete in three categories.

Category 1 is creating a new product, process or technology; Category 2 is modifying an existing product, process or technology and Category 3 involves creating a new or modifying an existing product, process or technology by young inventors.

In 2014, a Smart Junior Competition was also introduced for lower secondary school students in Years 7 to 9 which aims to promote and encourage the culture of invention as well as nurture a passion for Science and Technology among the youth.

The minister said the ASEAN category is to inspire local participants to compete and thus act as a benchmark for quality products among regional countries.

“This is proven as since the inception of the award 10 years ago, for the first time, the Crown Prince CIPTA Award was won by an ASEAN participant,” he said.

He also noted that local projects haven’t reached the level of projects created by ASEAN participants.

The ASEAN category is also a platform for participants to exchange opinions, interact and create networking opportunities together under one roof, said YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi.

He said the CIPTA Award 2017’s theme ‘Innovation for Sustainable Economy’ is in line with the main objective of the CIPTA Award competition which aims to support Vision 2035 and the 10th National Development Plan (RKN 10) to develop the country with a culture of knowledge and innovation, increase productivity and accelerate economic growth.

The minister said the theme is also in line with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah during the opening of the first meeting for the 12th Legislative Council session on relying less on oil and gas resources, how the country can generate revenue and how we can all contribute in enhancing the economic growth of the country and the people. He added that the theme is relevant to the country’s current economic status.

“We are well aware that innovative activities can generate economic growth. This is evident from countries that have a conducive environment to generate extensive innovative activities such as patents, manufacturing capability, research and development.”

Looking at the future of Science, Technology and Community in Brunei, the minister said the competition has a high potential to develop the country’s economy.

“Like other international innovative competitions, the CIPTA Award aspires to bring out the creativity and innovative creators that can lead to an economic spin-off through the establishment of small and medium enterprises.”

The Brunei Times