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Speech By Abdul Mutalib Pehin Dato Yusof, Permanent Secretary, Ministry Of Communications, At BICTA 2013 Awards Ceremony












MONDAY, 23rd SEPTEMBER 2013 (2:30pm)






Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah Bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister Of Communications,

Your Excellencies, Senior Officials,

AITI Members of Authority, Senior Officers, BICTA Participants, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,


Assalamu'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh and a very good afternoon,

1. First of all, I wish to thank Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications, our Guest of Honour, for gracing the BICTA Awards CeremonyYang Berhormat Pehin’s presence as well as the attendance of other guests here, reflect your collective support for the development of the local ICT industry. It is, indeed, very much appreciated.

2. This year marks the 9th anniversary of the Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA). We have come a long way since its launching in 2004. Throughout this journey, BICTA has evolved in line with trends and development in the ICT industry.

3. Over the past years, BICTA has received steady participation from the local ICT players. I am pleased to inform that the participation from tertiary institutions has been very encouraging. In addition, we have also seen emerging newcomers participating in BICTA every year. This shows that BICTA has proven itself to be the benchmark for ICT innovation in Brunei Darussalam.


Yang Berhormat Pehin, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

4. For BICTA 2013, we have received 22 participants competing in the three main categories, namely Secondary Student Project Category, Tertiary Student Project Category and ICT Industry Category. Under the ICT Industry category, participants have the opportunity to compete in 15 sub-categories covering a wide range of areas, such as Tourism and Hospitality, E-Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Communications Applications and others.

5. In addition, BICTA 2013 has also introduced the Special Mention Awards. Participants of this award may not be winners, but there is certainly potential in theirAlso held in this year’s BICTA is the Islamic Product Awards. It is in our best interest that we encourage Bruneians to produce more locally made ICT products, designed and manufactured by Bruneians in line with our Islamic values.

6. BICTA is not just any competition. It was designed to be a window of opportunity for individuals and companies not only to showcase their innovative ICT products in the local market but also to interact globally through the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA). I am therefore pleased to inform that the winners of this year’s BICTA will be competing in the prestigious APICTA 2013 in Hong Kong this November.


7. Reflecting on our participation since APICTA 2002, Alhamdullillah we have achieved the following milestones:

i. At the APICTA 2009 in Melbourne, Australia, MARS Enterprise won the e-Logistics and Supply Chain Management Category.

ii. Chung Hwa Middle School won the Merit Awards at the APICTA 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

iii. In APICTA 2011 in Thailand, Crescent Sdn Bhd won the e-Learning product with their “Islamic Brunei Educators”; and

iv. Last year at APICTA 2012 in Brunei Darussalam, Chung Hwa Middle School once again won the Secondary Student Project School with four other participants winning merit awards.


8. Looking back at our achievements in recent years, it is very important to maintain the momentum of success. This year InshaaAllah we hope to bring back more winners from APICTA 2013!  In this regard, I am pleased to inform that AITI is committed to continue its support by offering a grant of $50,000 to any BICTA participant who becomes a winner at APICTA and a $25,000 grant for a Merit Award. These grants can be used to develop their respective products further and serve as an encouragement to strive for more success at the international level.


Yang Berhormat Pehin, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

9. To conclude my remarks today, again I wish to thank Yang Berhormat Pehin for his relentless support and encouragement in our initiatives towards developing our local ICT players. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the BICTA 2013 Steering Committee, Working Committee and the panel of judges for their hard work and commitment. Our appreciation also goes to the local ICT players, including BICTA participants, who have been supporting BICTA since the early years of its introduction. I look forward to your continuous support and participation.

10. And lastly, to the winners of BICTA 2013, we congratulate you and wish you all the best for APICTA 2013 and your future undertakings. Thank you very much.

Wabillahi Taufik Walhidayah, Wasalamu Alaikum Warrah Matullahi Wabarakatuh.​

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