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AITI celebrates a decade of its establistment


26 May 2013 – Established on 1 January 2003, the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) celebrated its 10th year with a one day carnival held at the AITI premises.


Besides commemorating its 10 years of establishment, the carnival aims to promote and create public awareness on the roles and functions of AITI as Brunei Darussalam’s telecommunications regulator and promoter of the ICT industry.

The Guest of Honour that launched the AITI Carnival was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications. Also, present at the event was the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Communications and Chairman of AITI, Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof, ambassadors and high commissioners, previous and current AITI Members of Authority, senior officials from various government institutions, representatives from the ICT industry and media.
The launching ceremony today officiated with the cutting of the 10th anniversary cake by the Guest of Honour. In his welcoming remarks, the Chief Executive of AITI, Awang Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, mentioned "
In recent years we have evolved from a strict regulatory regime to one which is more industry friendly . This means that we communicate new policies and ask for feedback, we facilitate resolution before imposing regulatory measures." Hj Yahkup also added, " The product of our first broadcasting initiative is the joint production of an info-education documentary by Brunei and Singapore production houses is expected to go live in the first quarter of 2014".
"AITI, must remain aware of the issues which affect our environment and will continually develop progressive regulatory policies and frameworks to support the development of the converged telecoms and broadcasting markets.  We also strive to ensure that the ICT sector in Brunei Darussalam remains vibrant, with consumers enjoying a wider choice of innovative products and services", he added. 
At the same time, the Guest of Honour also launched AITI’s iCare program. The iCare initiative is to introduce a proactive and positive intervention culture in AITI. The objective is to instill proactive and positive intervention behavior among AITI staff to value life; to care for people around them; to care for Health, Safety, Security, the Environment and the organization.
The AITI Carnival was opened to public from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Also available are the AITI
information booths to promote AITI’s functions and achievements. The Guest of Honour and invited guests also toured the AITI SMART Gallery showcasing the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) technologies. AITI’s industry partners such as TelBru, DST, B-Mobile and NiAT Sdn Bhd supported the event with displays and promotion of their products and services. Other stakeholders that participated in the carnival were SMARTER, Pusat Ehsan, Persatuan Gemilang Daerah Tutong and Persekutuan Radio Amatur Negara Brunei Darussalam.
Visitors enjoyed a wide selection of carnival activities from popular vendors such as Cotton Candy Mobile, Enya Bijoux, Hayaa Musfirah, Beebo’s Bakers, KaPow burger, Naforrer boutique, Shiiz Candies, Sip N Tell, The Sandwich Club and Vanilla Kitchen. The public immersed themselves in fun filled activities, games and competitions specially arranged by AITI, including magic performance by SPADES, Xbox Kinect for kids, mini-golf “3-hole-in-1 in a row game” and AITI Quiz competition. For the gaming community there were game console competitions for FIFA and Street Fighter.
Other highlights of the carnival were Lego displays by Brunei Usergroup Lego And Technic (BULAT), fitness demonstration by Getfit Crossfit, face painting, bouncer and Yoda Obstacles Course and special meet and greet appearance by the “Ada Apa Dengan Rina” casts and Nina Iskandar, the first Bruneian to sign a contract with MIG, Malaysia. Star Wars fans had the opportunity to capture a photo moment with the Star Wars - Storm Troopers. AITI also took this opportunity to spread the road safety messages through Road Safety mascots.
In conjunction with the 10th year anniversary, AITI had organized a series of activities, these include a mass prayer held on 16 May 2013, at the Ash-Shaleehin mosque and an Instagram Competition held between 6 May and 20 May 2013 with the theme “Celebrating 10 years of AITI”.
The most anticipated event of this carnival was the prize-presentation ceremony for the winners of the Girls in ICT Day “Clip-IT” video-making competition, which was held from 25 April and closed on 17 May 2013, as well as AITI Instagram, Quiz and Console Competitions.
It is hoped that the carnival will further unite the AITI management and staff, ICT players, key
stakeholders and members of the public towards a memorable celebration that will mark another chapter of AITI’s history.