Press Release

DTI assembles over 300 Innovation Leaders for Sustained Competitiveness and Economic Growth

BATANGAS CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its Competitiveness and Innovation Group (CIG), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), and the Batangas State University, will hold the Inclusive Innovation Conference 2022 (#IIC2022). With the theme, “Leadership in Innovation: Key to Sustained Competitiveness and Economic Growth,” the Conference will assemble high-level officials from the government, C-level industry executives, and university presidents and chancellors and their vice-presidents and vice-chancellors in research and extension, and innovation.

Working jointly with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the DTI has organized the annual Inclusive Innovation Conference (IIC) since 2016. The Conference has since served as a strategic platform for key stakeholders in the industry, academe, and government to take stock of the country’s programs and initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship, reset innovation goals and strategies, and launch collaborative programs on innovation and entrepreneurship among stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

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Through the years, the Conference has witnessed major milestones such as the launch of DTI’s InclusiveInnovationIndustrialStrategy(i3S),FilipinnovationandEntrepreneurshipRoadmap, and the Regional Inclusive Innovation Centers (RIICs) as well as the wide-ranging dialogue among industry, academe, and government leaders on the challenges and opportunities of building the country’s human capital, infrastructure, and ecosystem needed for digital transformation and productive engagement in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

This year features the biggest gathering of innovation leaders who will: 1) define the kinds of innovation that drive growth and help the country meet its developmental and economic objectives; 2) elevate innovation to the top agenda as a foundation of reform and organizational change; and 3) set governance performance metrics for innovation and entrepreneurship. The Conference will also serve as the venue for the SUC presidents and other leaders of higher education institutions to demonstrate their commitment in prioritizing research and innovation across the country as they sign a manifesto in one of the program activities of the conference.

Building on the momentum of the present Administration’s support and policy direction on science, technology, and innovation, the IIC 2022 participants will get to hear from the prime movers of innovation in the government as DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, and Department of Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar deliver their Keynote Messages during the Plenary Session of the conference. PASUC President Tirso A. Ronquillo and USAID Mission Director Ryan Washburn will also join these Cabinet Secretaries in ensuring the sustainability of the innovation efforts.

The two-day event will also feature six Breakout Sessions with an exceptional roster of panelists from the government, academe and industry. DTI-supported and university-based Startup companies, startup enablers, the RIICs, and select corporate technology partners will exhibit their products, activities, and services. For more information, visit the IIC2022 event portal at bit.ly/DTI_IIC2022.

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