PHL participates in the 2015 China-ASEAN E-Commerce Summit

China and ASEAN continue their partnership in E-commerce development towards regional cooperation and integration.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) joins the China-ASEAN E-commerce Summit 2015 held simultaneously with the 12th China-ASEAN Expo last September 18-20, 2015 at Nanning, Guangxi, China hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

“Philippines, as an emerging country on e-commerce development, finds in its best interest to emulate China’s successful approach in response to global trends such as Internet Plus (Internet Plus Industry), online to offline integration, social E-commerce, transition of traditional retail and mobile E-commerce,” DTI’s E-commerce Supervising Undersecretary Prudencio M. Reyes Jr. said as he emphasized PH’s participation on the formation of a wider ecosystem on digital economy in the region.

With the theme, “New Strategy of Internet Plus, New Economy of China-ASEAN”, the summit aims to establish ‘strong links’ in e-business between China and the ASEAN countries.

In-depth discussions on the said event focused on China-ASEAN “Internet Plus” New Economy emphasizing cross-border e-commerce and digital transformation; New Bases for China-ASEAN Cross-border E-commerce; and the Prospect of China-ASEAN Economic Trade Infoport which highlights entrepreneurship and investment opportunities of Internet industry in China; and Silk Road Maritime Cooperation.

The two-day summit was attended by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the Departments of Guangxi Government; representatives from major global business associations; China’s leading e-business enterprises; economists; entrepreneurs; representatives from the other fields and the academe; and government officials from ASEAN countries.

“I am confident that this partnership would mutually benefit both parties enabling all to seize and maximize opportunities—from our national e-commerce, ASEAN member countries and China can expand to cross-border e-commerce and capture bigger and more diversified markets,” he concluded.

With China’s continuous support to E-commerce development particularly on strategically addressing the prevailing concerns on Internet infrastructures and the formulation and updating of e-commerce policies, PH has been actively participating in their various e-commerce workshops and study visits like the recently concluded Cross-border E-commerce Training sponsored by APEC Business Advisory Council of China held last May 4-7, 2015 at Brunei-Darussalam and the 2015 China-ASEAN Workshop on E-Commerce held last July 29-31, 2015 at Beijing, China. (END)