PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he would task the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to engage with the World Economic Forum (WEF) amid the government’s efforts to boost digitalization in the country.

In a meeting on Tuesday, January 17, WEF executive chairman Professor Klaus Schwab invited the Philippines to join a center they are establishing that is geared at working and sharing the newest technologies that could help countries develop economically.

Schwab said they want to reinforce cooperation among countries by putting up a center for joint cooperation on new technologies like artificial intelligence.

The organization now has several service centers, including one in San Francisco that looks into crypto and blockchain.

Schwab said there are also a lot of discussions on the internet on three-dimensional, virtual interaction communities combined with artificial intelligence.

“And the idea is to share their own experience. It’s always in support of technology,” Schwab said, as he cited India as an example where WEF looks at the application of the newest technologies to increase agricultural activity.

Schwab invited Marcos to have a presence when the organization inaugurates the platform.

During his first State of the Nation Address (Sona), Marcos highlighted the need for digitalization in the country to improve the daily lives of the people especially in transacting with the government, as well as for better governance. (SunStar Philippines)