Credit: Department of Information and Communications Technology

Credit: Department of Information and Communications Technology

Philippine DICT to develop framework for the country’s digital transformation

An announcement made by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) highlighted the MoU it signed with the Internet Society (ISOC) for the development of the National ICT Ecosystem Framework (NIEF) 2022.

The DICT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ISOC on the multi-stakeholder governance and co-development of the NIEF 2022 of the Philippines.

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio, Jr and ISOC Asia Pacific Regional Bureau Director Mr Rajnesh Singh signed the MoU at the DICT on 05 July 2018.

Under the MoU, cooperation activities such as public consultations that will engage stakeholders in order to build awareness and to gather inputs for the NIEF 2022 are covered.

DICT and ISOC shall promote together the multi-stakeholder governance approach in the development and implementation of key ICT plans, projects and programs.

Moreover, the MoU also defines, in scope, the role of NIEF 2022 regarding the regional and global best practices and models that exhibit the use of ICT in driving the development of communities into economic centres and innovation hubs.

Sec Rio explains the significance of the multi-stakeholder policy formulation as paramount to national interest.

Emerging technologies are poised to equip the industry segments, commercial sectors and government agencies with the roadmaps, strategies and plans relevant with ensuring that ICT-Enabled Services are made available, affordable and universal for citizens to utilise.

In order to establish the Philippine Digital Economy, priority areas where infusion of investments is sought after will be identified. In the same way, priority areas where policy issuances will serve as catalysts for the advancement of the sector will be recognised.

With the DICT and ISOC co-authoring the NIEF 2022, the country will be allowed to deploy technology applications catering to the consumer demands with industry offerings that are aligned with the digital transformation that the Philippine government seeks to achieve.

Mr Singh, in his remarks, mentioned, “The organisation values collaborative work. The Philippines’ approach to using the multi-stakeholder model for developing NIEF 2022 is a valuable proposition for other countries to embrace.”

The DICT, in collaboration with ISOC, will play host to Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) training on Internet Governance. The discussions during the training will be used as additional inputs for the development of NIEF 2022. The training will be held at Hive Hotel, Quezon City on 11 to 13 July 2018.

The ISOC is a global cause-driven organisation governed by a diverse Board of Trustees that is dedicated to ensuring that the Internet stays open, transparent and defined by you (the people).

The APT is a key organisation of governments that spearheads development and innovation programs, in cooperation with the ICT industry key players and stakeholders.

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