Bandar Seri Begawan - In line with one of the top priorities of the
e-Government Strategic Plan of 2009-2014, Brunei has reached another
remarkable milestone in its drive towards achieving the national
e-government initiative by joining venture with the Republic of Korea.
The signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Prime
Minister's Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Public Administration and
Security (MOPAS), Republic of Korea, on cooperation in the area of
e-Government was held at the Empire Hotel and Country Club yesterday
In his welcoming address, Deputy Permanent Secretary (IT and
e-Government) at the Prime Minister's Office Abdul Mutalib bin POKSS
Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof said "One of our top priorities now is to
address the challenges of ICT skills not only in the specialised skills
of 400 IT personnel of the e-Government National Centre (EGNC), to
manage and support e-Government projects, but also in basic skills of
end-users within the civil service."
He went on to say that the signing of the MoU is a timely response
to capacity building towards achieving the national target of
delivering at least 100 online services using various channels of
delivery by the year 2014.
"With currently at least 10 services per ministry already identified
and prioritised to be made available online from now until 2014, we aim
to achieve this not only through strong collaboration within ministries
and the industry, but also through collaborative efforts with
international organisations and best practice model countries like
Korea, among others," Abdul Mutalib said.
Korea ranked number one in the 2010 UN e-Government survey and it
has since became a benchmark for other countries, including Brunei.
Meanwhile, in his speech, Kang Jung Hyup, Assistant Minister/ Cio,
Ministry of Public Administration and Security, Republic of Korea,
expressed his support of and gratification over the joint effort
between the two countries towards the development of e-Government
"By combining the advanced technology of Korea and the rich
resources of Brunei, a synergy can be created to ignite more
opportunities for future development. I believe this is a very
important step forward in building a solid foundation not only for
e-Govemment cooperation, but also other economic, cultural and social
cooperation between our two countries in the future," he said.
The guest of honour and witness at the ceremony was Pehin Datu
Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Paduka Awg Haji Mohammad Yasmin
bin Haji Umar, the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office
cum Chairman of e-Government Leadership Forum (ELGF).
Also present was Park II, Counsellor and Charge d'Affaires (Acting
Ambassador) of Korean Embassy of the Korea to Brunei Daussalam.
Signing on behalf of the Brunei government was Abdul Mutalib bin
POKSS Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, who is also the Overall Government
Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Brunei.
Meanwhile Korea was represented by Kang Jung Hyup, Assitant Minister/CIO of Ministry of Public Administration and Security.
Other attendees present to wimess the event were permanent
secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries at the Prime Ministers'
Office, e-Government Leadership forum (EGLF) members, chief information
officers, chief technical officers, Republic of Korea delegates and
The MoU aims to establish a general framework for cooperation in the
field of e-Government, explore opportunities and to sustain and foster
the e-Government capabilities in areas of common interest and in
accordance with the country's respective roles and competencies.
This milestone does not only pave the way for cooperative activities
between the two countries such as joint studies and workshops on
e-Government, but it also allows the establishment of countermeasures
to lessen any unfavourable effects of e-Government, for instance the
provision of support for the establishment of information security
policy and technology. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin