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Are We 4IR-Proof?

Posted: 2017-12-11

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Forum Note & Program
Philippine Digital Competitiveness (E.Garcia)
Building a balanced cyberdefense (S.Massad)

The Asian Institute of Management Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (AIM RSN PCC), in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), held a forum entitled, “Are We 4IR-Proof?: A Forum on Philippine Digital Competitiveness, last 7 December 2017, at Meralco Case Room, AIM, Makati City.

With the aim of promoting public appreciation and further understanding of the ongoing digital transformation in government processes, business practices, and Philippine society in general, AIM RSN PCC featured four speakers from various fields to share their expertise and experiences regarding the 4th industrial revolution. The forum was attended by over 60 participants from the academe, business community, and civil societies.

Dr. Jamil Paolo Francisco, Executive Director of AIM RSN PCC, provided the opening remarks. He emphasized that the 4th industrial revolution is coming in an unprecedented phase and that the Philippines must be prepared in adapting and adjusting to this ongoing digital transformation.

The first session featured two speakers: Mr. Emmanuel Garcia, Economist at AIM RSN PCC, and Mr. Jocot de Dios, CEO of GE Philippines. Garcia presented the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Rankings Report for 2017, focusing on the Philippines rankings. Overall, the Philippines ranked 46th out of 63 countries based on the following major categories: knowledge, technology, and future readiness. The Philippines previously ranked 39th in 2013, indicating a dip in the ranking. He was then followed by the presentation of Mr. Jocot de Dios. Mr. de Dios’ discussion centered on the value and impact of digital transformation to Philippines businesses and industrial operations, anchored on the experiences of GE Philippines. He mentioned that GE Philippines has embarked on digital transformation on their business processes since 2010. Among others, they have developed digital platforms to enhance customer experiences, using the data that they have gathered already. A quick open forum then followed, moderated by Prof. Francisco Roman of AIM.

The second session was opened by Mr. Sagiv Massad, Director of Technology and Cyber Operations at Business Profiles and of Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines. His discussion focused on building a balanced cyber defense, using a holistic approach. He mentioned the following three main factors for a balanced cyber defense capabilities: culture and procedures (policies and manuals), technology (systems, equipment, tools), and human resource (capabilities, education, training). Massad’s presentation was followed by Ms. Dianne Eustaquio, Executive Director of IdeaSpace Foundation. Her talk started off by emphasizing the role of innovation in contributing to economic prosperity. In IdeaSpace Foundation, she mentioned that they have been enabling innovations since 2012 through these three pillars: Inspire (advocacy programs for the grassroots community), accelerate (acceleration program to launch technology start ups), and integrate (ecosystem building programs in partnership with the government and private sector).

After the sessions, Prof. Federico Macaranas of AIM provided the reaction to the speakers’ presentations. He underlined the importance of education, particularly the training of the people in adapting to this digital transformation.

An open forum then followed, moderated again by Prof. Roman. The forum was closed by Ms. Tonette de Jesus, Senior Program Manager of KAS. 

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