Minister calls for improved connectivity to spur growth

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI must move forward in improving connectivity and not isolate itself in an increasingly globalised world, the minister of communications said.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat said the sultanate needs to intensify efforts in improving communication systems that are sophisticated and reliable.

“ICT is rapidly changing and we are now entering an era where everybody is well connected so this is something that we need to prepare ourselves for.

“We cannot ignore the advancements of technology that we are experiencing in this day and age, but the public need to be reminded of using technology wisely for the good of the individual as well as the society,” he said during an interview on the sidelines of Knowledge Convention 2016.

The minister said he hoped the convention would be able to shed light on the importance of communications in the country’s development.

“The specific issues that we hope to be addressed are in regards to transportation and ICT because the development of these areas can spur growth in the nation’s economy as well as bridge the social gap,” he added.

The minister said one of the objectives of the convention is to develop a society that is well equipped with knowledge and information or a knowledge based society through the use of ICT.

In his speech, he said this year’s Knowledge Convention is expected to discuss ways to improve transportation and information communications technology to spur economic growth and development.

YB Dato Hj Mustappa said the main objective of the convention is to highlight the importance of communications in the welfare of the community.

Speaking on this year’s theme “Menjana Perhubungan Berkat dan Selamat Pemangkin Kesejahteraan”, the minister said the convention will focus on the communications sector as a lifeline for human development and civilisation.

The Knowledge Convention this year is organised by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Communications to mark His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 70th birthday.

Seventeen working papers will be presented during the Knowledge Convention, highlighting the role of communication in the country’s development and increasing the standard of living.

The Brunei Times