The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will soon launch an e-commerce platform within the month that aims to initiate the entry of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to the digital economy.
“The e-commerce platform that we are putting up together with the DICT (Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is for the purpose of having a platform to do the initiation of MSMEs who right now are not attuned to the digital economy,” Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual told reporters in an ambush interview.
He explained this would guide MSMEs to shift to the digital economy, with the goal of eventually launching them on e-commerce platforms like Shopee or Lazada.
Pascual shared that the DTI has had talks with Shopee, which expressed openness to the idea.
“To do some form of digital transformation first, they need digital processes to connect payment systems in an ecommerce platform. They need payment systems connected to the enterprise, logistics, packaging. That all needs to be fixed,” Pascual said.
The Trade Secretary explained that participating in the DTI’s e-commerce platform wouldl also give MSMEs access to a wider market.
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