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Opening Address By Abdul Mutalib Pehin Dato Yusof, Permanent Secretary, Ministry Of Communications, Negara Brunei Darussalam On Monday, 8th September 2014, Apt Development Forum (ADF), Indera Samudera, Empire Hotel And Country Club Jerudong



















Mr. Toshiyuki Yamada, Secretary General, Asia-Pacific Telecommunity,

Mr Takamichi Kajiwara, Vice Chairman of the ADF,

Your Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,


Assalamualaikum warrahmatullahi wabarakatuh and a very Good Morning to all of you.


1. First of all, on behalf of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all delegates to the Asia Pacific Telecommunity Development Forum (ADF).

2. Brunei Darussalam is pleased to host the Asia Pacific Telecommunity Development Forum (ADF) and the Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting. 

3. Through the ADF and the upcoming Ministerial Meeting, we come together to address and draw up strategic directions for the APT, towards a sustainable ICT industry in the Asia Pacific region.

4. Through this opportunity, we firmly believe that the cooperation among us can be further developed in the many years to come.  We certainly look forward to enhancing our networking and knowledge sharing amongst the APT circle for the benefit of all members and representatives of the region.


Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen,

5. As you are aware, ICT has become an integral part of society.  ICT has become a facet to both our professional and personal lives.  For something that is able to influence the way we work, live and play, ICT is certainly an enabler for growth in various sectors of the economy.   

6. This observation is accurately captured in the draft Brunei Darussalam Statement of the Asia-Pacific ICT Ministers on "Building Smart Digital Economy through ICT".

7. For the meeting over the next two days, I observed with interest that the Ministerial Statement will be further deliberated for recommendation to our Ministers at the Ministerial Meeting. 

8. I also understand that the document has gone through a number of versions with the coordination of the Correspondence Group led by Brunei Darussalam.  Through such coordination, the Ministerial Statement has been incorporated with invaluable and analytical inputs from APT Members.

9. Your respective efforts in ensuring the Ministerial Statement is a thorough and comprehensive document are well and truly commended. 

10. In fact, it is not just a document.  It outlines policy and regulatory guidelines, areas for collaboration and harmonization of standards that are pre-requisites to realize the theme of "Building Smart Digital Economy through ICT".  

11. The Ministerial Statement further reflects the importance we attach to entrepreneurship, human capacity building as well as ensuring the safety and welfare of our users.  

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

12. Brunei Darussalam views our involvement in regional and international organisations like the APT and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) with great significance. 

13. It is through such avenues that we learn from best practices to be emulated and adopted to our national perspective. We are also able to tap into professional and technical expertise to assist in our policy formulation and implementation.  An example is the Brunei Darussalam National Broadband Policy, which was formulated by our Ministry of Communications and AITI, in collaboration with the ITU.

14. Since becoming a member of the APT in 1986, Brunei Darussalam has gained substantially in various areas of ICT development.  Opportunities in human capacity building, training and expert advice, among others, have helped us to shape our national policies and regulations in ICT. 

15. Another good example to share is that Brunei Darussalam is one of the committing parties in aligning with the APT 700MHz band plan.  In this regard, the APT has given us the opportunity to gain better understanding in addressing current issues pertaining to this band plan.  In short, we have always been supportive and participative in the initiatives organized by the APT. 

Excellencies, delegates, Ladies and gentlemen,

16. I am also pleased to note that there will be a session on programmes for ICT Pilot Projects in Rural Areas.  This is one topic that is very close to our hearts, as the Brunei Darussalam National Broadband Policy aims to, among others, address accessibility and affordability of ICT services in rural areas. 

17. With this in mind, I am confident that despite the differences in culture, economies and level of development, we all share the same vision towards a smart digital economy through ICT.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

18. In this opportunity, I wish you a fruitful discussion and may we strengthen our cooperation in ICT so as to gain the desired outcomes that we are all hoping for.

19. Once again, I would also like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of you, for participating in the Asia-Pacific Telecommunication and ICT Development Forum (ADF).

20. Lastly, please do have some time to visit some of the interesting places in Brunei Darussalam.  The organizers have arranged a special program for you to enjoy some of the places of interest and the wonderful scenery of Brunei Darussalam.

Thank you and I wish you all a pleasant and enjoyable stay in Brunei Darussalam.


Wabillahi Taufik Walhidayah, Wassalamu'alaikum Warrahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.


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