BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE 14th ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information (14th AMRI) conference at related meetings opened in Singapore today, with Brunei represented by its Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Hj Awang Abdul Mokti Hj Mohd Daud.
The 14th conference brought in the theme ‘Inclusive and Informed Digital ASEAN’, with all AMRI Ministers and Heads of Delegations delivering their remarks based on the three different aspects of the theme.
YB Dato Seri Paduka Hj Awang Abdul Mokti in his remarks addressed the need for a more enhanced security system to protect the information and data shared over existing digital platforms, which continued to be open to exploitation despite the fast-paced advancements it had undergone today.
He elaborated concerns over the spread of fake news and vulnerability of user data over social media platforms; the minister also called on the need to further educate the public to use the digital platforms responsibly.
The 14th AMRI discussed and endorsed three outcomes, which will be elevated to the 33rd ASEAN Summit for the Leaders’ notation, namely the ASEAN Communication Master Plan II (ACMP II); the Core Values on Digital Literacy for ASEAN; as well as the Framework and Joint Declaration to Minimise the Harmful Effects of Fake News.
In addition, the Meeting also endorsed the Framework for Co-Production in Audio-Visual Sector for ASEAN; and Revision to Digital Video Broadcasting-Second Generation Terrestrial Integrated Receiver Decoder Technical Specifications for ASEAN.
The 14th AMRI also noted the report of the 16th Senior Officials Meeting Responsible for Information (16th SOMRI), the 5th SOMRI+3 and the 2nd SOMRI+Japan.
Brunei Darussalam is currently the country-coordinator for ASEAN-Japan dialogue relations.
The minister had also attended the 5th AMRI+3 Meeting together with Ministers and Heads of Delegation from all ten ASEAN Member States as well as the Plus Three Countries.
On the sidelines of the 14th AMRI conference, the minister also held a meeting meeting with Jose Ruperto Martin M. Andanar, Secretary, and Presidential Communications Operations Office of the Republic of the Philippines, discussing issues relating to media and broadcasting between the two countries.