Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah (2nd L), Minister of Transport and Infocommunications, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abd Mutalib POKSSDP Hj Mohd Yusof (1st L) and Chairman of IFB, Sheikh Hj Abas Sheikh Mohamad (C) in a photo during the inaugural IFB dinner 2020. Image: Courtesy of IFB.

The InfoCom Federation of Brunei (IFB) is looking to welcome more members in an effort to further galvanise the country’s tech as well as tech-adjacent industries and help Brunei to progress further into the digital future.

“Being the platform and voice of the ICT business community, IFB has helped to ensure that the ICT industry stays at the forefront of development and is able to meet the demands of the economy,” said Chairman of IFB, Sheikh Hj Abas Sheikh Mohamad.

He explained in an interview that since the federation’s establishment 13 years ago, IFB members have played significant roles in business transformation and tech industry development for Brunei Darussalam.

A majority of this was done through their collaborations with the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI) and other government agencies.

Chairman of IFB, Sheikh Hj Abas Sheikh Mohamad delivering his welcoming remarks during the inaugural IFB dinner 2020. Image: Courtesy of IFB.

To date, the IFB represents around 50 ICT and technology related Brunei registered companies ranging from start-ups, MSMEs, GLCs to multinational corporations, with each member playing important roles as industry enablers.

With the members’ understanding of the ICT industry needs, growth opportunities, as well as their wide business networks, the IFB has helped shape the country’s ICT ecosystem, all the while, providing employment opportunities to the local workforce.

“Since our humble inception in 2007 with eight founding members as the pro-tem committee, IFB has embarked on a journey of growth and success, from strength to strength because of its members commitments to continuously strive for sustainability,” continued Sheikh Hj Abas.

He then acknowledged the notable role ICT played during this ongoing global pandemic, how it has affected all sectors of the economy, yet has paved the way for accelerated digital transformation rates and boosting digital economy.

Remote work solutions for instance, has become an urgent issue in organisations who “didn’t think they would have to address this for years,” which has led to a worldwide normalization of improved and sophisticated digital collaboration mechanisms.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abd Mutalib POKSSDP Hj Mohd Yusof and Chairman of IFB, Sheikh Hj Abas Sheikh Mohamad (C) in a photo during the inaugural IFB dinner 2020. Image: Courtesy of IFB.

“Consumers are turning to online shopping to meet their needs, even those who had historically been reluctant to do so,” he continued.

The increased demand in digital payment solutions and e-commerce transactions, according to the chairman, has also caused the inevitable rise in the use of digital technologies.

“This pandemic has also underscored the importance and urgency in 5G technologies in order to meet the economic demands of digital connectivity infrastructure and its cybersecurity,” he added.

Despite the unprecedented uptick of digitisation faced by the country and the entire world, Sheikh Hj Abas expressed the federation’s commitment towards developing the sultanate’s digital capabilities.

“IFB will strive to evolve (and) continue to spur the industry to support and facilitate the growth of the digital economy and the building of our Smart Nation,” he concluded.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah (2nd L), Minister of Transport and Infocommunications, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abd Mutalib POKSSDP Hj Mohd Yusof (1st L) and Chairman of IFB, Sheikh Hj Abas Sheikh Mohamad (C) handing over funds to representatives of the Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA). Image: Courtesy of IFB.

To commemorate the IFB’s 13th anniversary, the federation organised the inaugural IFB dinner that saw the participation of members, spanning from different sectors of the industry from telecommunication services, system integrators to security solutions.

The event also acted as a fundraising activity for the Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA).

Present as the guests of honour were Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah and Minister of Transport and Infocommunications, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abd Mutalib POKSSDP Hj Mohd Yusof.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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