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Senator Angara: PH should prioritise Internet improvements to enhance e-commerce

Adrian M. Reodique | Dec. 8, 2015
Philippines’ slow Internet service hinders the potential of e-commerce industry.

On this note, Angara proposed the establishment of a Department of Information and Communications Technology that would promote wider use and development of ICT in the country.

The DTI, meanwhile, will be launching this month an E-Commerce 2020 Roadmap. This would serve as the sector's blueprint to boost e-commerce so that it would make up a quarter of the country's gross domestic product by 2020.

"If we were able to boost our Internet connectivity to up to 8.5 gigabits per second in select venues during the APEC Summit, I hope we can do the same for the development of our e-commerce industry. The DTI said its roadmap aims to engage at least 100,000 MSMEs and 30 percent of our population in online businesses. This would not be possible without a reliable Internet service," he concluded.


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