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Empowering Rural Community Through ICT

AITI Chief Executive, Hj Yahkup Hj Menudin and Director of Zimacsilicon Technologies Sdn Bhd, Mas Roslee DP Hj Idris 
The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) today signed an agreement with Zimacsilicon Technologies Sdn Bhd for the implementation of ICT Rural Outreach Program Phase 2 for the Temburong district. The event took place at Seri Kerna Hall, AITI office in Anggerek Desa.
The rural outreach Phase 2 is a continuity program of the first phase pilot project that was launched in May 2011 under a joint initiative between AITI and Infocom Federation Brunei (IFB). The objective is to build ICT literacy in the rural areas in response to the national call for human resource capacity development. The program itself will emphasize on the use of ICT to improve ICT literacy in rural areas and develop IT entrepreneurs into self sustainable businesses which serve the rural community.
The Phase 1 of the program was completed early this year with the establishment of a one-stop ICT community centre at Dewan Belalong in Bangar. The centre, nominated by the Ministry of Home Affairs as the pilot site, is equipped with ICT facilities such as a training cum resource room and e-Speed Broadband Internet access. Under this pilot phase, about 20 participants have been successfully trained with ICT related skills conducted at the centre.
The Phase 2 will focus more on comprehensive entrepreneurship training and marketing (technical skill) programme to develop entrepreneurship among participants and spur e-commerce activities. The Phase 2 will also provide continuous operations and support of the centre for the community to gain access to ICT. It is hoped that in the long run, this initiative can help to boost Brunei's economy through the development and growth of the ICT industry.
The agreement was signed between AITI’s Chief Executive, Hj Yahkup Hj Menudin and Mas Roslee DP Hj Idris, the Director of Zimacsilicon Technologies Sdn Bhd. The Phase 2 implementation will be further supported by IFB, Infomars Training and Technology Solutions, TelBru, TechOne Global Pte Ltd, Live Wire and BAG Networks.
Signing agreement ceremony between AITI with Zimacsilicon Technologies Sdn Bhd.