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Export Congress 2019 focuses on technology and innovation (via Qpute.com)


Exporters were encouraged anew to equip themselves with new technologies and technology-based solutions to expand internationally, as industry stakeholders gathered on Friday,  December 6, 2019, to tackle the importance of digitalization in business growth.

This
year’s National Export Congress (NEC) carrying the theme “Driving Exports
Through Digital Transformation” focused on technology and innovation
initiatives to grow exports and promote collaboration among businesses.

Trade
Secretary Ramon Lopez delivered the keynote address of the event. The Congress
held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, held
panel discussions on various topics, such as the critical role of technology
and collaboration in growing exports, and enabling exports through
digitalization.

Trade
Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba, Department of Information and Communications
Technology Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Caintic, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Managing Director-Center for Learning Pia Roman-Tayag, Department of Public
Works and Highways “Build, Build, Build” Committee Chairman Anna Mae
Lamentillo, Department of Finance Director Angelica Sarmiento, and Food and
Drug Administration Officer in Charge Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo,
Ionics EMS Inc. Vice President Earl Qua, Academy of Developmental Logistics
Inc. President and Chief Learning Officer Samuel Bautista, Microsoft Technology
Strategist Dale Jose, Cecilia Intal of Vesl,
and Brilliant Skin Essentials Chief Executive Officer Glenda Victorio will
discuss ways how to enable exports through digitalization. Top exporters for
2018 were also recognized during awarding ceremony.

The 2019
NEC came at a time when the Fourth Industrial Revolution is evolving at an
exponential pace.

The
possibilities of billions of people connected by mobile devices with
unprecedented processing power, storage capacity, and access to knowledge are
unlimited. And these possibilities will be multiplied by emerging technology
breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the
Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, nanotechnology,
biotechnology, materials science, energy storage and quantum computing.

Already, AI is all around
us­—from self-driving cars and drones to virtual assistants and software that
translate or invest. Impressive progress has been made in recent years which
raised the quality of our lives. IoT can exclude human errors from various
sectors. For example, irrigation and farm inputs, such as drone-enabled
fertilizers, climate conditions can be integrated by the use of IoT to ensure
better yields. It can also be used in power generation and distribution as
timely control of these systems in an automated way can reduce losses.

Moderators
and panelists also tackled the best of what these technologies have to offer,
specifically for the Philippine export sector. The panel sessions focused on
“The Critical Role of Technology and Collaboration in Growing Exports” and
“Enabling Exports through Digitalization.”

The NEC
was the highlight event of the National Exporters’ Week, which is celebrated
every first week of December per Presidential Proclamation 931, Series of 1996
and House Resolution 33. Another activity for the National Exporters’ Week was
the “Usapang Exports,” held at the Novotel Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon
City, on December 5.

The EMB
of the DTI invited exporters to attend “Usapang Exports: Market Opportunities
and Trends in Africa-The Next Frontier.”

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