Yudho Giri Sucahyo, Academic Senate and ICT Expert from University of Indonesia
Even though the Philippines is ready for e-commerce in terms of laws and plans, its government must intensify its efforts to encourage local technopreneurs to build and develop their own startups.
This is according to Yudho Giri Sucahyo, Academic Senate and ICT Expert from University of Indonesia, who spoke at the CIO Summit Philippines 2016 on 22 September 2016 at the New World Hotel in Makati City.
As compared to Indonesia, Sucahyo noted that the Philippines has enacted more laws relating to e-commerce, specifically on electronic transactions (Republic Act No. 8792 or the Electronic Commerce Act of 200); privacy (RA No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012); cybercrime (RA No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012); consumer protection (RA 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines); and domain names.
In terms of plans, Sucahyo mentioned the Philippine E-Commerce Roadmap (PECR) for 2016-2020, which was launched this year by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The PECR laid out the plans, policies, and other support measures to harness the benefits of online commerce for the country. The roadmap hopes the local e-commerce sector to contribute the 25 percent of the Philippines' gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020 - which is 15 percent higher than its contribution in 2015, as estimated by service provider iMetrics Asia Pacific Corporation.
"[With the PECR 2016-2020], the next thing [the Philippines] needs to do is [to think of] how to push and encourage the young [and] clever generations here so that they can build startups," Sucahyo said in an interview with CIO Asia.
He added that the Philippine government must create an environment that will help support all the developmental stages of local start-ups - from creating business plans to meeting with possible investors.
In line, Sucahyo cited Indonesia's national movement called "1,000 Digital Startup" which aims to create a thousand startups by 2020 to help resolve problems in the country. The movement was launched this year by the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in collaboration with KIBAR, a tech startup ecosystem builder.
Under the programme, startups will undergo a series of workshops, hackathons, bootcamps, and incubations. The movement has already kicked off in Jakarta, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta. It will also arrive in other parts of Indonesia including Bandung, Denpasar, Makassar, Malang, Medan, Pontianak, and Semarang, according to a report by The Jakarta Post.
Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the now defunct Information and Communications Office (ICTO) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) last year launched a roadmap for digital start-ups, which aims to produce 500 local innovative businesses by 2020. This move hopes to boost economic growth and address major issues like social inequality, financial literacy, and healthcare provisions.
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