PHOTO - (L to R) Azizah Ali, Country Manager Microsoft Brunei; Tracey Fellows, President Microsoft Asia Pacific; and Haji Azhar Haji Ahmad, Deputy Permanent Secretary (IT and E-Government ), Prime Minister's Office.
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 JUNE 2011 - Software giant Microsoft is to help promote the e-government objectives of the government of Brunei Darussalam, said the company.
The development of the Sultanate's e-government vision as well as the promotion of local ICT skills is also part of the objectives undertaken by The Microsoft Academy, said E-Government National Centre (EGNC) director, Awang Adi Shamsul Hj Sabli. "[The programme] is the first of its kind in Brunei, and the Microsoft Academy is a unique and exclusive programme that will see Microsoft help to enhance the skills of the IT sector in Brunei, both in the government and in the private sector, over the next three years."
He said the Microsoft Academy is a structured mentorship programme aligned to Brunei's ICT goals. "Together with EGNC, a department in the Prime Minister's Office, Microsoft will develop and drive training programmes to increase the IT skills of government employees, even as ministries gear up on infrastructure through a series of process changes and upgrades to its core IT systems. This is part of the government's Human Capacity Development programme to develop ICT capability and capacity in the civil service, through which Brunei aims to increase its ranking on the United Nations list of e-government enabled countries."
"The Microsoft Academy will also provide training and skills-transfer opportunities to staff from local IT partners in Brunei," he said. "Brunei's e-government programme is going through a transition to shift focus from internal government systems to citizen-centric and business-centric online services. Hence, it is crucial to have a skilled IT workforce to support and manage the environment. The Academy offers us a comprehensive and customised approach for our requirements for ICT skills development."
"The Government of Brunei has proven that e-government can be done," said Microsoft Services Asia Pacific director for Southeast Asia, David Downs. "Technology is the important catalyst to help governments free up resources and serve their citizens more effectively, and we are excited to be part of The Microsoft Academy in Brunei. These initiatives help lay the foundations for a more efficient government and improved delivery of citizen services, ultimately driving individual and economic capacity and a more competitive society."
"From a business perspective, having ICT professionals who can help run and maintain our technology in their organisations is a win-win, as it will lower our overall support requirements over time while transferring over the latest skills and technologies to Brunei," said Downs.
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