On the first night of the three-day Digital Strategies for Development Summit (DSDS) 2015, the Cebu Provincial Government hosted a welcome dinner for the guests and delegates at the Capitol Social Hall.
The delegates were treated to entertainment, Cebuano cuisine and other insights into Cebuano culture and hospitality.
DSDS 2015 is a knowledge exchange forum for Asia-Pacific Region and beyond held last Sept. 22-24 at Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City.
It was organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Information and Communications Technology, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Asian Development Bank and managed by the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation.
It brought together more than 300 participants and 70 speakers from various countries and organizations to discuss and develop new ideas and innovative solutions for ICT and economic development to ensure significant outcomes and outputs.
Open discussions were focused on education, employment, entrepreneurship, gender equality, agriculture and healthcare, and social protection.
“I am happy and honoured that Cebu is chosen as the site for this summit. I find that the province will benefit from this event given that my vision for the future is to make Cebu a smart province that is collaborative and technology-driven,” Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III said.
“Cebu is on track to become a smarter province with the rollout of various ICT initiatives. I fervently hope that the province can gain the knowledge from this summit on how to move forward in achieving our vision of becoming a smart province,” the governor added.DSDS 2015, under the central theme of “Accelerating Inclusive Development Through ICT Innovation,” aimed to provide a high-level platform for senior officials from policy-making organizations, regulators, industry, SMEs, tech hubs, innovation labs, and development partners in Asia-Pacific region.
This was to foster dynamic and strategic discussions sharing of information and real experiences and initiatives on promising solutions to emerging challenges in promoting inclusive growth and development through ICTs.
Moreover, DSDS 2015 has present initiatives and opportunities for collaboration in the development and use of innovative ICT solutions for empowerment, including youth employment and entrepreneurship and persons with disabilities.
ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao and DOST Secretary Mario Montejo were among the guests.
Also present to welcome the delegates were Mrs. Jobel Angan-Davide, Vice-governor Agnes A. Magpale along with Provincial Board Members Gigi Sanchez, Raul Alcoseba, Miguel Antonio Magpale, Jude Durano-Sybico, Ivy Durano-Meca and Arleigh Sitoy.