The three-day Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Cluster Meeting and Livelihood Exchange Forum (Livex) 2019 will be held in Puerto Princesa City from June 24 to 26 this year.

Assistant Sec. Alan Silor of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) said in a press conference Wednesday that the event will promote local and national investments.

Silor said the target industries are software companies, system integrators, telecommunications, business process outsourcing, in outsourcing, online language training, I.T. companies, startups, co-working space, cloud services, information security, home automation, facilities outsourcing, and hospitality.

It will also cover business opportunities in travel and tours, hospital and healthcare, manufacturing, utility companies, government offices, e-commerce, schools, and business entrepreneurs.

Ernesto Tomas of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said they expect 500 local, national, and foreign participants to attend the conference.

Tomas said the event aims to “highlight the gains and best practices of various sub-regions in the country that bestow support in bridging the digital divide and inclusive growth.”

This activity is organized by the Palawan provincial government, in partnership with the local government of Puerto Princesa City, Department of Information and Communications Technologies (DICT), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and Palaweño ICT Association (PICTA).

“There will be participants from Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Especially from Malaysia from Kota Kinabalu Entrepreneurs Association (KKEA) and also from Sarawak Malaysia,” Tomas said.

Cheryl Ortega, director of the DICT-Luzon Cluster 3, said the partnership among different government agencies will make the event a success.

“We are doing this in partnership with local government. We in ICT acknowledge that we cannot work in isolation. We are also fortunate and grateful that the academe and the media are one with us,” Ortega said.

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