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    Overview

    The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic magnified the significance of digital economy in supporting economic competitiveness and resiliency. A movement towards digitalization and e-commerce has been observed across the Asia Pacific region, and the Philippines is no exception. Despite this, however, the prospects of pursuing digitalization have been coupled with constraints including access to affordable technologies, poor access to quality internet, and long-held traditional operation models.

    To discuss the prospects of digitalization across the country, WR and National University of Singapore-Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy organizes a discussion forum and white paper launching entitled: “Digitalizing the Philippines: A White Paper Launch and Discussion Forum” to facilitate exchanges on the challenges and opportunities of promoting the development of digital economy in the Philippines.

    This forum is organized in partnership with Embiggen Consulting, the University of Asia & the Pacific School of Law and Governance, College of St. Benilde School of Diplomacy and Governance, and the Philippine Strategic Forum.

    We invite you to join us, along with the esteemed personalities and experts in the industry, in promoting the digital transformation in the country. We look forward to seeing you!

    Speakers

    HON. GRACE POE-LLAMANZARES

    Senator, Senate of the Philippines Chairperson,
    Senate Committee on Public Services Chairperson,
    Senate Committee on Banks and Financial Institutions

    Keynote Speech

    Dr. Francesco Mancini

    Vice Dean, National University of Singapore – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

    Launch Ceremony Keynote Presenter

    TG Limcaoco

    President and CEO Bank of the Philippine Islands

    Panel Speaker

    Andrew Williamson

    Vice President and Economic Adviser of Government Affairs, Huawei Technologies

    Panel Speaker

    Ricky Banaag

    Chief Operating Officer, DFNN Inc.

    Panel Speaker

    Dr. Bernardo Villegas

    Founder and Professor, University of Asia & the Pacific

    Panel Speaker

    Atty. Randy Echaus

    Assistant Secretary, Department of Information and Communications Technology

    Panel Speaker

    Atty. Allan B. Gepty

    Assistant Secretary, Industry Development and Trade Policy Group (IDTPG),
    Department of Trade and Industry

    Panel Speaker

    Dr. Eduardo Araral

    Associate Professor, National University of Singapore – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

    Panel Speaker

    Prof. Robin Michael Garcia, Ph.D

    CEO, WR
    Assistant Professor of Political Economy, University of Asia & the Pacific

    Moderator

    Partners

    Embiggen Consulting

    FEU Tech Innovation Center

    Philippine Strategic Forum

    University of Asia and The Pacific

    Benilde School of Diplomacy and Governance

    Program

    10:00AM – 10:15AM

    10:00AM – 10:15AM

    Welcoming Remarks

    10:15AM – 10:45AM

    10:15AM – 10:45AM

    Keynote Speech

    HON. GRACE POE-LLAMANZARES

    Senator, Senate of the Philippines
    Chairperson, Senate Committee on Public Services
    Chairperson, Senate Committee on Banks and Financial Institutions

    10:45AM – 11:00AM

    10:45AM – 11:00AM

    Launch Ceremony Keynote Speaker

    Launch of the NUS-LKY Paper

    Dr. Francesco Mancini

    Vice Dean, National University of Singapore – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

    11:00AM – 11:50PM

    11:00AM – 11:50PM

    Speaker Introduction and Panel Discussion

    • TG Limcaoco

      President and CEO Bank of the Philippine Islands

    • Andrew Williamson

      Vice President and Economic Adviser of Government Affairs, Huawei Technologies

    • Ricky Banaag

      Chief Operating Officer, DFNN Inc.

    • Atty. Randy Echaus

      Assistant Secretary, Department of Information and Communications Technology

    • Dr. Bernardo Villegas

      Founder and Professor, University of Asia & the Pacific

    • Dr. Eduardo Araral

      Associate Professor, National University of Singapore – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

    Moderated by:

    Prof. Robin Michael Garcia, Ph.D.

    CEO, WR
    Assistant Professor of Political Economy, University of Asia & the Pacific

    11:50AM – 12:30PM

    11:50AM – 12:30PM

    Q&A Session

    12:30PM

    12:30PM

    Closing Remarks