20 July 2018 – APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Philippines chair Tomas Alcantara and member Guillermo Luz and representatives from the local software industry, energy sector, and government, participated in the first Digital Innovation Forum held in Taipei last July 19-20, 2018. Organized by ABAC Chinese Taipei and Papua New Guinea, the two-day event covered a broad range of topics related to digitalization and how these will shape the future.
The forum highlighted critical issues governments, businesses, and organizations must proactively address. These include effective adoption of e-governance, understanding the impact of cloud, artificial intelligence and robotics technologies on productive and future of jobs; developing an enabling ecosystem for financial innovations and blockchain-based applications, and capitalizing on data privacy.
The event featured high-profile speakers around the globe such as former Estonian President Toomas Ilves, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Skype co-founder Geoffrey Prentice, Amazon Web Services Principal Scientist Animashree Anandkumar, Chinese Taipei Digital Minister Audrey Tang, and the first Android citizen Sophia.
A number of tech entrepreneurs also presented their innovations to the audience during the “Meet the Digital Makers” session. These include the electric scooter and battery swapping venture Gogoro, blockchain-based insurance for cryptocurrencies Coin-sure, and information logistics platform Binder.
Organizing the Philippine delegation to this year’s Digital Innovation Forum is part of ABAC PH’s initiatives on digital innovation, which has been identified as one of its focus areas. The council has underscored the need to fully understand and adapt to the current technological changes, which will significantly influence the jobs of the future, so that the Philippines will not be left behind. As such, ABAC PH is currently engaging public and private sector players to help formulate a national strategy for digital innovation.
The event took place prior to the third ABAC meeting in Kuala Lumpur from July 23-26, where digital innovation is identified as a priority issue for the Asia-Pacific business leaders. ###
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