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WELCOMING SPEECH HAJI YAHKUP BIN HAJI MENUDIN , CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF AITI
27/05/2013
WELCOMING SPEECH HAJI YAHKUP BIN HAJI MENUDIN , CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF AITI
LAUNCHING CEREMONY OF AITI CARNIVAL
IN CONJUCTION WITH AITI 10TH ANNIVERSARY
 
 
ON SUNDAY, 26 MAY 2013
 
AT TENT A, AITI CAR PARK
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Bismillahir Rahmaan Nirrahim
 
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alameen, Wassalatu Wassalamu ’Alaa Ashrafil Anbia’e Walmursaleen Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa’ala Alihie Wasahbihie Ajma’een.
 
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, and a pleasant morning.
 
Yang Berhormat,Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah Bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications and our Guest of Honour
 
Yang Mulia, Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof,  Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Communications and Chairman of AITI
 
Your Excellencies,  Senior Government Officials, Past and current Members of Authority and Chairmen of AITI,  Partners from the Industries and our friends the media, Ladies and Gentlemen
 
First of all, I would  like to express our special thanks to Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah, Minister of Communications for his presence this morning to grace AITI 10th Years anniversary despite his busy schedule. The presence of Yang Berhormat Pehin this morning is a testimony of his profound commitment and continuous support towards the progress and welfare of AITI.
 
Thank you for coming to celebrate the AITI’s 10th anniversary.  Alhamdulliah, it is my great pleasure to share this auspicious occasion celebrating 10 glorious years of AITI. The existence of AITI today is a strong testimony that AITI has withstand the test of time through many challenges over the last decade and still play the important role as Brunei’s telecommunications regulator and promoter of the ICT industry.
 
AITI would not be ‘the Authority’ today if not for the pioneers including Yang Berhormat Pehin Dato Abdullah, the first Chairman, and currently the Minister of Communications.
 
I would like to express my gratitude for the contribution of the previous Ministers, previous chairmen, previous members of authority, previous chief executives and previous Assistant chief executives and staff of AITI.  I am happy to see most of them here this morning.
 
Yang Berhormat Pehin, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
Let me walk you down memory lane.  
 
  During the first three (3) years, Jabatan Telekom Brunei or JTB was still in the midst of corporatisation, so the focused at that time was on developing a strong foundation.  
 
We needed a place to stay so one of the first thing we did was to build our first office which is still here today.  We started with our first block B14 that housed approximately up to 30-40 AITI employees
 
The first task was to develop our regulatory and spectrum management roles.  
 
It is common that we see big player vs small player. The big player behaves like big brother controlling the infrastructure where the small player needs to access in order to deliver its services. In this scenario, we need regulatory intervention. Like in football, the regulator act like a referee to ensure a level playing field. 
 
Yang Berhormat Pehin, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
For the next three (3) years, our main focus was on telecommunications regulation, at the same time, the need to develop our local ICT industry also grew.  Our involvement with the Brunei IT Council placed us in an ideal position to propose programs and initiatives to support local ICT industry development.   
 
  In 2008, the Ministry of Communications gave the responsibility to oversee the organization of the Brunei ICT Award (BICTA),  and last year we successfully hosted the prestigious Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards  . 
 
Another significant achievement was the conclusion of negotiations for the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) Submarine Cable Network which boosted Brunei’s international internet access capacity. This was done with full support of the Ministry of Communications and the Attorney General’s Chambers.  This resulted in the incorporation of Brunei International Gateway Sdn Bhd (BIG).  
 
  To establish a regional network of contacts to collaborate with and learn from, we signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore    for bilateral co-operation in telecoms regulation and eGovernment. 
 
  We have also embarked on co-operation on multimedia and creative industry through an MOU with the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) Malaysia for the development of ICT and Multimedia programs between both countries.
 
 We continue to rise to the challenges posed by rapid industry development and technological changes by continuing to build on its solid telecoms regulatory foundation and ICT Industry development programs.  We have to reorganize and realign in order to be agile. 
 
  Our staff strength also continues to grow to keep pace with our expanded roles within the industry. 
 
  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.
 
  To further grow the local ICT industry, we have supported the development of RFID applications through setting up a SMART Gallery and RFID lab. 
 
  Our AITI Accredited Business (AAB) Status and ICT Accredited Business (ICTAB) also continue to add value to industry growth by recognizing our competent local ICT businesses.
 
Our Grant Scheme and Market Creation Fund provide opportunities for product development, marketing and internationalisation of Made in Brunei product.
 
  Since our local market is limited in size, we encourage our local ICT companies to go expand beyond our borders.  We provide a platform for international exposure through CommunicAsia and competing in APICTA.
 
Yang Berhormat Pehin, Your Excellencies, Members of the Legislative Council, Ladies and Gentlemen,
A recent addition to our family is broadcasting and media. 
 
Recognizing the impact of convergence of the telecommunications, broadcasting and media industries, a new converged licensing and regulatory framework is being developed to streamline regulatory compliance and reduce duplications. At the same time to support the delivery of locally developed content through secure and robust communications networks.
 
  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. 
 
Yang Berhormat Pehin, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
  To improve our operational efficiency we implemented an enterprise intranet portal called AIMS. The AIMS portal will be a platform for team collaborations, online workspace and automation of essential services such as HR, Finance and Procurement.
 
  To ensure continuous professional development, we invest in our officers through training and regular internal knowledge sharing sessions.  Succession planning comes in the form of grooming our future AITI leaders, for example, Assistant Chief Executives were sent for executive leadership development courses conducted by the reputable National University of Singapore. 
 
We also have implemented a performance based appraisal system where staff are rewarded and recognised by their contribution to the organisation. 
 
  All these initiatives have contributed to making AITI an admired and reputable organization who has grown from a small team of 5 in 2003 and to a staff strength of almost hundred today. 
 
As Sir Winston Churchill said, “Now this is not the end. It is not
even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the
beginning.” Churchill made these remarks in a very different context, of course. But I mentioned them today, because I believe we are now facing a great challenge in digital space and emerging smart technologies.  We need to rethink, renovate and re-examine on how to get AITI organization more relevant. 
 
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. 
 
Yang Berhormat Pehin, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the occasion of this 10th Anniversary of AITI, we also would like to introduce a proactive and positive intervention drive, i-Care culture.   The objective is to instill proactive and positive intervention behavior among all staff to value life, to care for people around them, care about Health, Safety, Security, the Environment and the organisation, this drive will be launched by YB Pehin this morning.
 
In closing, I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have made today possible and thank the organizing committee who have worked very hard to make this event possible. 
 
I would also like to express my sincerest gratitude to our Guest of Honor, Yang Berhormat Pehin Minister of Communications for gracing this morning’s event and all of you here this morning who have taken time out of your weekend to attend our carnival.  Your presence is very much appreciated.
 
 
Wabillahi Taufik Walhidayah, Wassalamu Alaikum Warrahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.