The First meeting of the 15th session of the Legislative Council entered the third day yesterday with deliberations on 4 questions that have been given notice and the Supply Bill for 2019/2020. The Legislative Council also deliberated on the Financial Year 2019/2020 budget allocations for the Prime Minister's Office and the departments under it, the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Among the issues that were raised in the morning session was the government's measures to create a National Database that will be implemented in this year's second quarter. Data storage for all government agencies will be easier with the National Centralised Database. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office explained the matter in a response to the query by Yang Berhormat Dayang Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Awang Haji Abdul Rahman.

The Minister at the Prime Minister's Office said this initiative will be centrally maintained by the E-Government National Centre. Currently, the project is in the procurement process of which the tender has been opened last year. Its implementation is expected to commence in this year's second quarter. The database infrastructure will facilitate all government agencies to store their data in central manner.

Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy then explained that infrastructure needs to be prepared before centralisation of government and private sector data can be implemented. Yang Berhormat said a centralised database system has been planned to be implemented with the cooperation of Dynamik Technologies Sendirian Berhad. This system can be accessed equally by the related agencies, implementation for facilitating application process that can avoid duplication. This system can be implemented in phases to ensure the guideline on providing assistance and database can be synchronised apart from ensuring that the assistance can be provided to those who truly need it. At the moment, the system is in the early phase where its implementation focus on data collection and profiling on assistance recipients from agencies, apart from integrating information on the recipients and synchronise application processing schemes from all involved agencies. This is to ensure the smooth running of the assistance payment process and senior citizen's pension. This system will be operational starting this September.

Source: Radio Television Brunei