By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Experts in various sectors of Philippine society meet for three days in this southeastern coastal city starting Thursday to enable them to discuss opportunities for what organizers called inclusive growth.
The 8th Knowledge Exchange Conference (KEC8), themed “Seizing Opportunities through Community eCenters for Inclusive Growth” will be at Apo View Hotel.
Organizers said the conference aims to bring together experts in health, education, agriculture, environment, and entrepreneurship “to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices which can be adapted by Community eCenters and other development stakeholders to facilitate inclusive growth.”
Community eCenters are shared internet-access points that serve as a channel in delivering e-government and other ICT-related services to empower marginalized communities, organizers said.
The conference this week will engage participants with presentations on various topics — from modern ICTs impact on community development to the role of telecenters in inclusive growth, to governance and transformational leadership.
Models and approaches of business enterprises which can serve as toolkit for CeCs will also be presented in the event.
A special session is dedicated to sharing the stories of women whose lives have been transformed by digital literacy. according to the Philippine Community eCenter Network (PhilCeCNet), organizer of the event with the National Computer Center and the Information and Communication Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology.