Info-Tech A Top Item In Philippine "New
Economy" Plan - Government Activity
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says her government is creating a plan that
focuses on information technology (IT) infrastructure to create an environment
conducive to building a new economy.
"The challenge that the Philippines faces in laying the foundation for
prosperity in a new economy is unique. The promise of the information economy
remains a dream for the vast majority in the developing world," Arroyo declared.
The Philippine President made these pronouncements during the seventh meeting of
the e-ASEAN Task Force last April 20.
Arroyo also lauded the recent formulation of an ASEAN framework agreement on ICT
products, services, and investment.
"With this agreement, we have signaled to the world that here in Southeast Asia,
there is commitment at the highest levels to undertake the necessary steps to
ensure prosperity in the global new economy," she said.
While Arroyo commended the e-ASEAN Task Force for having endorsed about 20 pilot
projects in information, infrastructure development, e-commerce, e-society, and
e-government, she also reminded the group of the need to further demonstrate
that, "(IT) can make a difference in the daily lives of the Southeast Asia,"
even if the infrastructure has not been fully developed.
"I hope that by the time the ASEAN summit in November is held, there will be
more e-ASEAN endorsed pilot projects. In particular, I would like to see more
pilot projects in the field of infrastructure development and e-government," she
By Erwin Lemuel Oliva