Paving The Road to the Philippines’ Digital Integretion with the Asia-Pacific

2:00 pm
 – 4:30 pm
 Cisco WebEx 

By invitation only (Manila Time GMT+8)

Digitalization is quickly transforming the global economy. Indeed, the rapid advancement of new technology encouraged the formation of a borderless world, but this progress also gave rise to new and highly complex digital issues. Today, economies face issues on handling cross-border data flows, enforcing intellectual property rights, and protecting consumer welfare amid online transactions, among others. These issues are not only domestic concerns but also regional as well, which is why cooperation between and among economies is important. The digital economy becomes even more relevant in a post-COVID-19 world since the pandemic forced economies to shift towards digital formats and transactions, thereby creating a new paradigm for the international community.

Given these developments, this webinar probes into the Philippines’ readiness and current progress towards digital integration with the Asia-Pacific by focusing on two pressing concerns: trade and health. Digitalization has transformed how the world trades, who trades, and what is being traded inasmuch as it has lifted geographical barriers that previously prevented consumers from accessing services, such as healthcare. In this evolving paradigm, it is important to ask just how ready are we for digital integration with our neighbors? What has the Philippines done and has been doing to make this integration a success? What challenges do we, as a nation, need to overcome to pave the road to regional digital integration?

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14:00 – 14:10

Opening Remarks

Dr. Celia M. Reyes

President, Philippine Institute for Development Studies

14:10- 14:25

How ready are we? Measuring the Philippines’ readiness for digital trade integration with the Asia-Pacific

Dr. Francis Mark A. Quimba

Senior Research Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies

14:25- 14:40

Regional health integration and cooperation in the Philippines

Dr. Valerie Gilbert T. Ulep

Research Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies

14:40- 14:55

Philippine National Action Plan for digital trade integration with the Asia-Pacific

Dr. Martina F. Ferracane

Research Associate, European Centre for International Political Economy

14:55- 15:25

Comments/Reactions (Maximum of 15 minutes each per discussant)

Asec. Mary Jean T. Pacheco

Assistant Secretary for Digital Philippines and Ecommerce Lead, Department of Trade and Industry

Dr. Enrique A. Tayag (TBC)

Chair, ASEAN Technical Working Group on eHealth and Director, Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service, Department of Health

15:25- 16:20

Open Forum

16:20- 16:30

Closing Remarks and Ways Forward

Dr. Yann Duval

Officer-in-Charge, Trade, Investment, and Innovation Division; and Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific