This research was conducted by CSPS as part of an ongoing Foresight Study Project in order to: (1) identify emerging issues and trends likely to impact Brunei in the near and medium term future, (2) conduct thorough horizon scanning processes in order to provide more futures-oriented policy advice, (3) expand the current mindset from “more of the same”/”business as usual” approaches to strategic planning, and, (4) identify specific strategies and policies more likely to lead towards the fulfillment of the overall goals and the eight main strategies of Wawasan Brunei 2035.

Main policy recommendations are:

  • A generic scenarios development method needs to be implemented across the board to better inform decision making processes, including in the context of very specific policy issue.
  • The four alternative scenarios are Continued growth: oil now, oil tomorrow; Collapse: Diversification fails to materialise; Finding inspiration in the past: A disciplined and sustainable society; Transformed, Hi-tech future: Discovering virtual Brunei.

Results have been presented at the CSPS Forum (22 September 2016), TelBru ICT Forum (5 November 2016), Strategic Foresight and Strategic Planning Executive Workshop (24 November 2016). It has been accepted for publication in CSPS Journal 2017.

CSPS intends to conduct further socialisation and workshops to explore alternative futures for Brunei.