IDA International–the subsidiary of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) that "serves as the execution arm for collaborations on public service infocomm initiatives between Singapore and countries around the world"–and the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of Brunei's National ICT Manpower Master Plan and ICT Industry Competency Framework.
Under the agreement, which was signed on Tuesday (June 17, 2014) at the ICT industry event CommunicAsia in Singapore, IDA International will be providing consultancy services and training to the AITI, which is Brunei's local ICT industry promoter and developer.
The agreement was signed by AITI Chief Executive Haji Yahkup bin Haji Menudin and CEO of IDA International Vincent Wong, and the signing ceremony was witnessed by the Guest-of-Honour 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.
"We are delighted to extend our longstanding collaborations on ICT with Brunei and AITI," said IDA International CEO Vincent Wong. "We hope this ICT manpower project will provide a strong foundation for Brunei towards its long term ICT vision."
Haji Yahkup bin Haji Menudin expressed similar hopes for his country's long term vision. Referring to the agreement they had just signed on Tuesday as "signifying the fruit" of the collaboration between AITI and IDA to date, he said, "This will accelerate the national planning and development of the ICT professionals to achieve our long term vision of a diverse economy with a highly skilled ICT workforce."
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