PALAWAN — The Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) is set to focus on ICT projects identified in the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 in this year’s Information and Communications Technology Cluster Meeting (ICT-CM) in Puerto Princesa on 26 June 2019.

With four identified strategic priorities, the Cluster will discuss matters on developing hard and soft ICT infrastructure, promotion of e-commerce at the subregional level, human resource development in ICT, and development of ICT entrepreneurship and ICT products and services.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), among other topics, is set to present its proposal project Cross Border Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) System Integration, aimed at strengthening collaboration in addressing disasters and public safety and relief in the region.

Delegations from the four countries arrived at the Puerto Princesa International Airport arrived as early as 23 June where they were treated to a Palawan welcome of local song and dance.

Delegates are to participate in pre-event activities organized by the secretariat as part of a series of meetings, conferences and exhibition leading up to the Cluster Meeting on Wednesday, namely, the BIMP-EAGA ICT CEO Forum at Citystate Asturias Hotel on 24 June, and Livelihood Exchange (LIVEX) Conference and Exhibit on Day 2, 25 June, at the same venue.

The ICT Cluster Meeting (ICT-CM) is participated by the Philippine’s DICT and its counterparts namely, the Brunei Darussalam Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, Indonesia Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and Malaysian Communication & Multimedia Commission. These four organizations, together with key private partners make up this year’s meeting.

The BIMP-EAGA is a sub-regional economic cooperation aimed at spurring economic development in remote areas in the four member countries. Among its areas are 26 provinces in Mindanao and the province of Palawan. To know more, visit the Mindanao Development Authority website at http://minda.gov.ph/bimp-eaga.