Neda calls for faster roll-out of ICT infrastructure

The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) has stressed the need for the government to facilitate a faster and more strategic roll-out of information, communication and technology (ICT) infrastructure in order to create more economic opportunities, and meet the growing demand for structures and services, particularly in underserved areas. Neda director-general Ernesto Pernia told the Asia Pacific Forum 2017 that the Philippines could further improve its world ranking in terms of readiness to support the development of online shopping and business-to-consumer e- commerce. Pernia stressed that digital technology has the greatest potential in transforming the financial landscape in the Philippines.