The Digital Industry Development, which focusses on the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and such, whereby the 4th Industrial Revolution will become one of the main agenda in empowering the society, specifically students, vendors and the government itself, and will change the daily life landscape. This was among the matters that attracted the interest of the Legislative Council in the motion of vote of thanks at today's session. Apart from that, appointed members, persons who have achieved distinction, also touched on the economy, development, people's well-being and administration system as well as national policies and regulations.

Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Umarali bin Esung in his motion of vote of thanks said that all strategic planning must go through the main planning process which is to identify the objective to be achieved. In essence, it is hoped that all planning and implementation of programmes as well as initiatives at all levels must be people-friendly and always founded on the Malay Islamic Monarchy, MIB concept.

Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Abdul Hamid @ Sabli bin Haji Arsad said that the government, private sector and the society at all levels should give attention to the digital economy and the 4th industrial revolution. Several factors that should be tackled as preparation towards the migration of the 4th industrial revolution includes infrastructure requirements such as high speed broadband service. Apart from being progressive, it must be comprehensive and covers all parts of the country. We will also need manpower who are intelligent in I.T and technology of which the development will be from today's young generation.

Yang Berhormat Dayang Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Awang Haji Abdul Rahman in her motion of vote of thanks queried whether the country truly practises the oft-mentioned Whole of Nation Approach to enhance productivity and competitiveness. The country's requirements continues to increase and we should take a more disciplined and prudent approach. The success can only be realised with a solid Fiscal Programme as well as long-term national fiscal strategic planning. There is a need for continuous cooperation and transparency from all parties responsible and together realising the Wawasan Negara 2035.

Yang Berhormat Dayang Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Hadii touched on the focus and interest of international companies on the use of the Brunei Hala Certificate in international markets which is an honour for Brunei Darussalam. However, challenges continue to be faced in the facilitation process and it is hoped that upgrades in the research process and better mechanisms, easy and digital processes continue to be made. The Halal industry has potential overall and is timely to be considered. A proposal in the digital super cluster is with an approach that focuses more on implementation such as international accreditation, digital halal certification process and ecosystem framework.

Yang Berhormat Dayang Kahirunnisa binti Awang Haji Ash'ari in her motion of vote of thanks said that to achieve improvements in the private sector, employment agencies need to strengthen their role as facilitators in providing infrastructure that is solid, transparent and facilitates processes and regulations. This helps in establishing job opportunities and reducing unemployment. Social entrepreneurship is one sector that must be explored and there are a number of initiatives from the government and non-government organisations in developing this field. It is hoped that this sector will help in cultivating a generation for those who emphasises social work values aside from creating job opportunities.

Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy bin Ahmad in his motion of vote of thanks, called for the people to not just look at the country's increasing rate of unemployment due to economic downturn, lengthy procedures or human resource planning that are not set but should be reviewed as well as the remedies that should be made. On the country's employee marketability, Yang Berhormat urged for the people to continue focusing on lifelong learning. Yang Berhormat also queried on the efforts that have been made to provide opportunities for blue-collar workers in jobs which do not require high qualifications such as labourers or drivers, to enhance their skills by taking reskilling or up-skilling courses, as example office management or furthering their studies. Currently, there are modular or short term courses provided.

Source: Radio Television Brunei