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Minister of Communications Witnessed Signing Ceremonies at Brunei Darussalam Pavilion

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Minister of Communications Witnessed Signing Ceremonies at Brunei Darussalam Pavilion
The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) today held two (2) signing events at the Brunei Pavilion in CommunicAsia, Singapore.  The signings were on:
(i)                  Project Addendum with the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) for the Cooperation in Human Capacity Building for Broadcasting and Media, and
(ii)                Project Agreement with IDA International Pte Ltd (IDA International) for the Cooperation in Human Capacity Building for ICT.
Both signings were  for the Internship Student Programme for ICT Related Education (INSPIRE) – an attachment program for selected Bruneian students to work in Singapore’s ICT and Broadcasting & Media companies for a duration of up to six (6) months. This program is to provide opportunities for students to apply and enhance their knowledge and skills through meaningful work experience and interaction with professional people in an actual working environment.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Brunei’s Minister of Communications, and Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information witnessed the signing ceremonies as the Guests-Of-Honour.
AITI’s collaboration with MDA for this internship program is part of the MOU signed in 2009 between Brunei Darussalam’s Ministry of Communications and MDA. This programme, supported by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), will have a minimum of two (2) selected undergraduates majoring in New Media and Professional Communication or related courses, attached to media related agencies in Singapore for a period of up to six (6) months. The scope of the attachment may include production, network programming, photography, videography, narrative writing, broadcasting, filming and/or interactive media. In August this year, the first two (2) Brunei UBD students to take part in this programme will be attached to Mediacorp’s Suria and Eagle Vision.
The second collaboration is a Project Agreement signed between AITI and IDA International, a subsidiary of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).  Under the framework of the existing IDA-AITI Memorandum of Understanding, AITI and IDA International are collaborating on an industry attachment project for Brunei ICT students.  Selected students undertaking Higher National Diploma in ICT related courses will undergo supervised work attachments in Singapore infocomm companies for six months, and will have the opportunity to sharpen their infocomm skills.  The first group of four students are from Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB).
Signing on behalf of AITI was the Chief Executive, Haji Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, while MDA was represented by her Chief Executive Officer, Ms Koh Lin-Net. IDA International was represented by Mr. Tan Lark Yang, Director, Market Unit Group.
According to Haji Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, “We continue to foster the relationship and strengthen our collaboration with IDA and MDA for mutual benefits. Today, we see another fruit of these efforts, and how they will benefit our young students. I hope our collaboration for this INSPIRE programme will provide the students a flying start as they gain first hand real organizational settings and challenging experience with the leading ICT and broadcasting agencies in Singapore.”
“Project INSPIRE is an expression of the close and warm ties that Singapore enjoys with Brunei Darussalam in the area of media cooperation,” said Ms Koh Lin-Net, Chief Executive Officer of MDA.  “Through this G2G programme, Brunei students will gain a meaningful appreciation into how media business is conducted in the real world. We are pleased to welcome the Brunei students to Singapore, and hope that their time here will prepare them well for the evolving media landscape.”
Mr Vincent Wong, CEO of IDA International said, “We are delighted to extend our longstanding collaborations on ICT with Brunei and AITI to include hosting of Brunei ICT interns in Singapore. We hope Singapore will provide not just the technical exposure but a varied work environment for Brunei’s budding ICT professionals.”
The last signing ceremony was a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Brunei’s PHMD Publishing Company and Singapore’s LDR Pte Ltd. They will be working with each other to create curriculum-based mobile learning apps for schools in Brunei Darussalam. Signing on behalf of PHMD Publishing Company was Ak Mohd Khairi Bin Pg Hj Metussin and LDR Pte Ltd was represented by Png Bee Hin.
After the signing ceremonies, the Ministers toured the 10 exhibiting companies that participated in the Brunei Darussalam Pavilion. The Ministers were introduced to the exhibitors and the Brunei Darussalam’s Minister consented to launch three companies’ new products. Bru InnovEdu launched their product Learn thru Play which aims to provide an interactive online platform to address the problem arising from irresponsible spending and excessive debt amongst the youth.
The second product launch was from the company Silver Wings Service with their product, Mizi, a social media aggregator whereby several social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and Google+) are consolidated in a window.
The third product launch was MeSixty Sdn Bhd with their product “Top Halal Restaurants (Singapore)” application which  provides a list of top 10 quality dining restaurants in Singapore for Muslim travellers.
AITI hopes that promising local ICT companies will continue to leverage on CommunicAsia to showcase Brunei made ICT products and solutions.