Defence Science and Technology Policy Framework launched

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE deputy minister of defence yesterday called for informed investment decisions at the launch of the Defence Science and Technology Policy Framework (DSTPF).

First Admiral (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz Hj Mohd Tamit in his speech said investment in defence requires informed decisions, which must be undertaken with due diligence coupled with proven methodologies and a good knowledge base.

He also urged all parties to support efforts towards developing the science and technology landscape into “one that eventually favours” Brunei’s defence goals.

The DSTPF outlines strategies for partnerships with industries, institutes of higher learning and other government agencies in a bid to “create a functional domestic ecosystem that allows defence science and technology requirements to promulgate up and down streams”.

It also emphasises the importance of building a highly capable and competent workforce, according to the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) in a statement.

The launch of DSTPF was held at the Tower Block, where the policy framework’s public webpage on the MinDef official website was unveiled. Defence officials in attendance were also given a presentation of the policy framework.

In his opening remarks, the deputy permanent secretary of technology said the DSTPF aimed to strengthen science and technology within MinDef and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).

Based on four strategic themes in line with the ministry’s strategy map, Captain (Rtd) Hj Mohd Amirul Shahnoel Hj Mohd Noeh said the policy framework “strives to consolidate and reinforce science and technology efforts and initiatives”.

He added the DSTPF is implemented with the support of the newly-established Defence Science and Technology Secretariat as well as the formation of the Defence Science and Technology Group.

The launch yesterday was part of a line up of events that aim to promote the objectives and strategies of the policy framework by engaging a wider audience within MinDef and RBAF, said the ministry.

The Brunei Times