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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