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Brunei gears up for upcoming round of BICTA 2013

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Brunei gears up for upcoming round of BICTA 2013
The Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) once again launched the BICTA 2013 competition. The theme for this year BICTA 2013 is “ICT, Our Future Together” which ties closely with the theme of this year’s ASEAN Summit’s theme “Our People, Our Future Together”
The Guest of Honour for the launch was Dato Paduka Haji Awang Alaihuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Haji Awang Mohamad Taha, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Communications, and in his capacity as Chairman of AITI and the BICTA/APICTA steering committee.
The launch started with the recital of the Al-Fatihah, which was then followed by a welcoming remark by Hj Yahkup Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI. In his speech, Hj Yahkup mentioned “BICTA participants must pay close attention to the future trends of technology in order to develop ICT products that will meet the demand and need of the consumers in the ICT market.” Hj Yahkup highlighted last year BICTA winners who also won the APICTA awards which include Brunei’s winner in the Secondary school category by Chung Hwa Middle school and 4 other merit awards were accomplished by MeSixty, MediaHikmah, Zimac Silicon Sdn Bhd and John Harrith. The target for this year is to encourage more participants from Brunei in order to generate more winners in the upcoming BICTA for the APICTA Awards.
This year the APICTA will be hosted by Hong Kong. Aside from achieving recognition for their participation in the BICTA competition, it was highlighted by Hj Yahkup that AITI has commited to assist the development of the potential ICT products by providing support through the AITI Grant’s Assistance scheme to local companies for BICTA winners who went on to clinch awards in APICTA.
The audiencethen witnessed the launch of the BICTA 2013 by the Guest of Honour followed by a video on BICTA 2012 & APICTA 2012.
The event finished off with an experience sharing session by the awardees of last years’ APICTA 2012. 
The BICTA is an annual event led by the Ministry of Communications and is jointly organized by Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI ) and InfoCom Federation Brunei (IFB).
It is reminded to all interested participants, that the closing date for the submission for this year BICTA 2013 will be on 2nd September.