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ICTAB Briefing For Industry Players
21/07/2011

The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) today organized an industry briefing on ICT Accredited Business (ICTAB) at the Seri Kerna Hall, Block B13, AITI Building. The objective of the briefing was to share with the industry players on the general guidelines for obtaining ICTAB accreditation as well as getting feedback on the overall initiative. The briefing, chaired by Mr Queh Ser Pheng (Deputy Chief Executive of Regulatory, Industry and International), was attended by more than fifty (50) representatives from the ICT industry. The industry applauds this initiative and views it as a positive move for the growth and development of the local ICT players.

 
Last week, AITI announced the opening of ICTAB application for the local ICT vendors and businesses. ICTAB allows ICT businesses to be classified into five (5) different classes based on their financial capacity, local ownership and their availability of local skilled manpower. ICTAB was initiated from the Brunei IT (BIT) Council chaired by the Minister of Communications. It is aimed for ICT businesses to be accredited as a pre-requisite before participating in any Government ICT tenders. This is to ensure that Government ICT projects are carried out successfully by qualified and competent local vendors. The accreditation will also help to develop and sustain capable local ICT businesses, promote the development of local talents and discourages ‘Ali Baba’ businesses.
 
 
In the briefing, AITI further explained on the requirements of ICTAB; amongst others include the pre-condition for ICT businesses to obtain the AITI Accredited Business (AAB) Status. ICTAB applications will be evaluated by the Accredited ICT Business Committee (AIBC) and among the criteria that will be assessed includes the applicants’ management structure, size of business and track record.
 
The validity period of ICTAB is two (2) years from the date of issuance. Successful applicants are required to pay two (2) years registration fees with amount ranging from B$100 to B$1,500 depending on their classes. In addition to this, there is also a B$50 processing fee to be paid upon submission of application form. Businesses shall renew their ICTAB at least thirty (30) days before the date of expiry.
 
According to AITI, commencing 1st September this year, ICTAB will become a mandatory requirement for any vendors or businesses when participating in Government ICT projects or tenders. As such, interested applicants are advised to hand in their submission with complete documents at the earliest possible in order to expedite the evaluation and award process.
 
More information about ICTAB briefing conducted today as well as the application forms and guidelines for both ICTAB and AAB Status are available for download at AITI’s website (www.aiti.gov.bn). Further queries can be addressed to AITI’s ICT Industry Development Group at 2323232 (during office hours) or email at itidg@aiti.gov.bn.