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DTI, CITEM e-Services Roadshow visits Baguio

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (21 November) -- In order to strengthen Asia Pacific's foothold in the global ICT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) marketplace, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) will hold an e-Services Global Sourcing Conference and Exhibition on February 9-10, 2009 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Now on its 9th year, the e-Services has emerged as a reliable meeting place for Asia Pacific leaders, decision makers and Center for Excellence in the global ICT spectrum and BPO to converge. The event also serves as strategic venue for local and international exhibitors to establish presence, make business and form alliance with clients and industry partner worldwide.

To promote this event, CITEM is bringing the e-Services Road Show in the regions. According to Joy Mulato of CITEM, the e-Services Roadshow is set to encourage ICT Associations, BPO players, IT Parks, Chambers of Commerce, and e-Nablers to show their capabilities on the said e-Service Global Sourcing Conference and Exhibition.

He explained that the e-Services roadshow aims to disburse investments in the country, to further establish the regions readiness as future outsourcing destination and to promote the development of the other cities, as far as ICT and BPO are concerned.

Mulato, in a kapihan forum Wednesday, confirmed that the Philippines is very successful this year, in establishing the country as one of the major platform in e-Services earning roughly $7 Billion in export. The global market for e-services today is $450 Billion and it is the government's target to capture at least 10% of the global market by 2010 and this is achievable, especially, with the ongoing partnership between the government and the local sector, he added. He also cited that RP was ranked as no. 1 Outsourcing Destination last year by the National Outsourcing Association based in the United Kingdom.

According to Regional IT Committee Vice chair and Saint Louis University CICS Dean Cecille Mercado, with human resources as the One Town One Product of Baguio City, we are very competitive as far as ICT/BPO manpower is concerned. She also announced that our city has two Centers of Excellence - University of Baguio as Center for Excellence in IT and SLU as Center for Excellence in Development, which helps in the promotion and development of IT manpower in the region.

There are also other initiatives like the IT projects of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Department of Labor and Employment, which also help develop IT manpower, she added.

Other guest panelists during the forum were DTI-CAR division chief Lino Cuhingan and Bebot Regis of DTI Benguet.

CITEM's e-Services roadshows had a successful visit in Davao last November 6-8 and Cagayan De Oro last November 16-18. e-Services will be likewise featured in an exhibit and promotional talk at the First Subic Bay ICT Congress on November 26-29 in Clark Field Pampanga. The road show will be concluded with the Bacolod leg on December 8-10. (PIA) [top]

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