Davao City to host NICP summit

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


DAVAO City is set to host the 6th Summit of National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) on October 24, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center Davao at SM Lanang Premier.

NICP chair Wit Holganza, speaking in the Davao Business Forum at Dermpath, SM City Davao on Tuesday, said this will be the first time that the city will host the summit.

"Annually, we do this summit because we want to exchange best practices among ICT cities. Our goal for this is also to be able to attract more investments," she said.

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Holganza said this year's summit will be different since it will be staged alongside with the 2014 Brunei Darusalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) and Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Trade Fair and Business Leaders' Conference on October 23 to 26, 2014.

She said the summit will be expecting some 300 to 400 delegates who will not only be coming from ICT councils in the Philippines but also those coming from ICT champions from the five countries of BIMP-Eaga and IMT-GT.

Holganza said one of the major discussions during the summit will be on the Asean ICT Masterplan wherein they will look into the initiatives of the government of the five countries in BIMP-Eaga and IMT-GT has put in place based on Asean master plan.

"There will also be a separate plenary session wherein global outsourcing opportunities [particularly] within the Asean," she said.

"Most of the outsourcing opportunities come from the US and provider lang ang ibang Asean countries but we want to take a look if there are outsourcing opportunities with the Asean," Holganza said.

She said for example one of the opportunities is in Brunei, wherein it has good infrastructure but may lack in talent for the ICT industry and they want to see if the Philippines can provide their needs.

Another topic that will be discussed during the summit is on how can the rural areas participate in the ICT Industry.

"There is now a trend among multinational ICT companies who are looking for low value work or rural impact sourcing. Most of the companies have strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs that are committed to help rural communities," Holganza said.

She said, for example, there are out of school youth in rural areas that could be taught on image tagging or basic data gathering for these companies.

They will also be presenting the EGov Awards, an initiative of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the NICP, to the best ICT projects of local government units from around the country.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 21, 2014.

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