The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be holding an e-commerce forum on 15 December 2014 to serve as a kickoff activity for the formulation of the first Philippine E-Commerce Roadmap.

The growth of e-commerce has been remarkable, compelling many businesses worldwide to draw on the new marketplace which is known to be more convenient and efficient. The DTI, with its commitment to catalyze and facilitate growth, and enable Philippine industries, will bring together e-commerce practitioners, and other key stakeholders to discuss and benchmark the limitless growth of Philippine e-commerce.

Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo said that the forum will be a good opportunity to take plan for the future of e-commerce in the country.

DTI considers the holding of the forum as timely in view of the economic growth where every business can maximize the opportunities provided through the current business and economic environment. “E-commerce has enabled the development of our ICT services sector, where we were able to establish our niche in the global market. It is about time that we harness the potentials that e-commerce brings until e-commerce becomes a way of life of every Filipino,” the Trade Secretary said.

The forum will be attended by various business leaders and key government officials led by Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, who will deliver the keynote message, as well as industry leaders, movers and shakers, and other stakeholders.

Supervising Undersecretary for E-Commerce, Dr. Prudencio M. Reyes, Jr. noted that the forum will serve as the first of a series of fora and meetings to come up with the first e-commerce roadmap for the country.

The e-commerce roadmap will cover the industry vision, goals and targets from 2015 to 2020 and will serve as the country’s blueprint in gaining the mutual commitment among the private and public sectors, academe and other stakeholders to bring forth a prolific e-commerce industry, Undersecretary Reyes reported.