LIKE most countries in the world, the Philippines aspires to enter more markets in the global network of the information and communications industry. Each day tens of millions of Internet users send each other electronic mail and surf around the net, all from their personal computers. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Internet which has been open for business for decades and the markets for on-line services and information providers have become more populous than many countries in the world.
It has become imperative for the Philippine government to create an exhaustive government roadmap for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, one which indicates where the country stands and how it should proceed in the global ICT market.
Such a plan was recently made public during an information technology outsourcing conference-exhibit held at the World Trade Center Manila. During the meeting, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo called on all local and foreign corporate companies in the country, to source all corporate solutions from local information and communications technology software developers and solutions providers, to hasten the growth of the local ICT industry.
The blueprint of the ICT roadmap made by the Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (ITECC) has the specific vision, success indicators, strategic directions for the year, and priority projects or recommendations that make up the ITECC - e-government, human resources, business, legal and regulatory, and information infrastructure. …