6th Mindanao ICT Congress timed for 1st EAGA ICT meet


6th Mindanao ICT congress timed for 1st EAGA ICT Conference

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 June) – This year’s Mindanao Information, Communications, and Technology (MICT) Congress on October 23 to 24 will be timed for the 1st East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA) ICT Conference, organizers said.

It will be the first time the ICT industry will be the lead organizer in the congress which is on its sixth year.

Issues and concerns of the ICT stakeholders in Mindanao and hopes for a "borderless ICT cooperation" in the BIMP-EAGA is among the top agenda of the MICT Congress.

Earlier organizers announced that among the key issues to be raised is the possibility of a free-trade agreement as far as the ICT in the sub-region is concerned to make it "seamless".

The two significant events, organizers said, will pursue the initiatives of the past congresses which include providing a venue for networking, marketing, and business development and creation among ICT players.

The Congress aims to “enhance the human resource development program as the main requirement for business process outsourcing and e-services; and will identify areas for collaboration in the BIMP-EAGA particularly on human capital development, technology innovation ecosystem, and infrastructure development addressing digital divide and investment promotions.

The pace had been set for the holding of the congress, considered Mindanao's annual launching pad for ICT trends and issues. Next week, organizers will attend the Cebu ICT Congress to promote the Mindanao event.

A tri-partite partnership is preparing for the hosting of the two events.

The Mindanao Business Council (MinBC), Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII), and the ICT Davao, Inc formally signed the  partnership agreement Wednesday during the TechnoKapihan forum at the Ateneo de Davao University.

Andre Fournier, one of the lead organizers told MindaNews the ICT Senior Ministers' Meeting of the BIMP East ASEAN Growth Area will also be held during the 1st BIMP EAGA ICT Forum. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)