Palawan — Heads of businesses gather to discuss and agree on ICT project proposals to stimulate economic development within the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) on 24 June 2019 in Puerto Princesa City during the BIMP-EAGA ICT CEO Forum.

Comprised of business chief executives, founders, and government representatives, the meeting discussed proposed projects under the identified priority strategies of the BIMP-EAGA: developing hard and soft ICT infrastructure, promotion of e-commerce at the sub-regional level, human resource development in ICT, and development of ICT entrepreneurship and ICT products and services.

Among the discussion was a B2B (Business to Business) solution that could securely connect businesses for exporting/importing across the region of APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation), more specifically those within the BIMP-EAGA.

Using MondeB2B, businesses can trade efficiently and with more partners across the region, empowering even small businesses who would otherwise would not have access to a market of such size.

Another project that was presented is AgromeIQ, a platform that trains farmers and provides access to certification and a variety of markets.

The four-nation panel ran the details of the projects through an inquiry to validate the proposal and signed the BIMP-EAGA project concepts. These projects, among others, will be featured on the LIVEX (Livelihood Exchange) on the following day.  

Forum-approved proposals will be endorsed to the BIMP-EAGA ICT Cluster during the meeting on 26 June in Princesa Garden, Puerto Princesa City.

DICT officials will be present during the BIMP-EAGA Cluster Meeting, with no less than Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. set to welcome the delegates as Philippines plays as the host country.

To represent the CEO Forum is the newly-elected chairperson Dr. Liawas Barukang, managing director of Sabah Net Sdn. from Malaysia.