The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, WTISD, is celebrated to increase awareness on the tremendous possibilities that ICT can bring to the societies and economies. With a theme of “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs”, it reflects on the ICT advances for transition to smart and sustainable development.
The theme focused on specific ICT – enabled solutions and emerging trends for fostering economic, environmental and social sustainability, contributing to the five strategic goals of the Connect 2030 Agenda: Growth, Inclusiveness, Sustainability, Innovation and Partnership.
Based on International Telecommunication Union, ITU’s 2019 Global and Regional ICT statistics, 53.6% of the global population are now using the Internet. However, an estimated 3.6 billion remain offline especially at the Least Developed Countries. On the other hand, Internet usage in developed countries is nearing saturation levels, with close to 87% of individuals are online.
For Brunei Darussalam, connectivity has now become a key requirement. This is in line with the vision of the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, MTIC, in its Strategic Plan 2025, towards a ‘Connected Smart Nation’. Several initiatives on new technologies applications such as Artificial Intelligence, AI, and Big Data have been implemented by various Ministries and agencies under a whole of nation collaboration to mitigate the COVID-19 situation. Among them is Online services by the government and private sectors which have been expanded to further accelerate service delivery to the public. To further facilitate online learning for students, a donation drive for computer devices have been jointly organized by the Ministry of Education, MTIC and AITI. To date, more than 1,600 units of computer devices have been received to be distributed to the students in need.
Source: Radio Television Brunei