Technological breakthroughs, such as advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, internet of things, 3D printing, blockchain, and big data analytics, have ushered in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe). These technologies are expected to alter the patterns of production, consumption, and employment, creating both opportunities and risks. What are the implications of FIRe for Philippine development policy and strategy? How should the country re-position its economic and labor regulatory environment in the face of this revolution and its implications? What steps must be undertaken to develop the skills and competencies required for the future labor market? How can the ecosystem for science, technology, and innovation be strengthened and be made more effective? A systematic analysis of these questions is critical to ensure that the country's economic take-off is sustained in the long run and leads to even faster and more inclusive growth.

This year’s Annual Public Policy Conference (APPC) will tackle these issues and the opportunities facing the Philippines as it embraces the FIRe. It will bring together experts, academics, policymakers, and private sector and civil society representatives in a multidisciplinary conversation on how the Philippines can harness the opportunities and manage the risks emerging from this fourth major industrial era.

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The Coming Digital Technological Landscape, Breakthroughs, and a Glimpse into the Futureby Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Asian Development Outlook 2018: How Technology Affects Jobs by Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank


SESSION A: Agriculture, manufacturing, and services

Inclusive Innovation Industrial Strategy (i3S): Preparing for Industry 4.0by Rafaelita Aldaba, Assistant Secretary, DTI

Better Future for All: Responsible Policies for Smart Economies by Mia Mikic, Director, Trade, Investment, and Innovation Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Linking Agriculture to Nutrition and Environment by Eufemio Rasco Jr., Chair, Agricultural Sciences Division, National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)

Lessons Learned from Applications of IoT at Social Spheres by Shin-Horng Chen, Director and Research Fellow, International Division, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research

Fintech, Competition, and Innovation by Stephen Ezell

SESSION B: Science, technology, and innovation

Building Globally-Linked Manufacturing-and-R&D Science & Technology Innovation Ecosystems in the Philippines: An Indispensable Step Toward Inclusive National Development and to Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Joel Cuello, President, Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE), and Professor of Biosystems Engineering, University of Arizona

Developing Human Capital in Science, Technology and Innovation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution by David Hall, Senior Technical Advisor, Economic Development, RTI International

Data for the FIRe: DOST-ASTI’s Science Infrastructure for Data and Computation by Joel Joseph Marciano, Jr., Director, DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI)

The Role of Government in Improving the Science and Technology Landscape for the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Jose Ramon Albert , Senior Research Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)

SESSION C: Labor market and social protection

The Future of Work and Social Protection by Markus Ruck, Senior Specialist on Social Protection for the Philippines and South-East Asia, International Labour Organization (ILO)

FIRe and the Employment Challenge by Emmanuel Esguerra, Professor, School of Economics, University of the Philippines

The social implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) in the Asia-Pacific region by Kostas Mavromaras, Director, Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre, University of Adelaide

SESSION D: Human Capital Development

Fourth Industrial Revolution: New Paradigm for Education and Training by Michael Fung, Director, Training Partners Group, and Chief HR Officer and Chief Data Officer, SkillsFuture Singapore

More than Schooling: Returns to a Broader Set of Skills in Labor Markets by Elizabeth King, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, and Commissioner, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

Mainstreamed AI and the FIRe: Implications on Education and Training in the Philippines by Arnulfo Azcarraga, College of Computer Studies - Software Technology, De La Salle University

Facing FIRe with WAATER by Ma. Victoria Bernido, Directress, Central Visayan Institute Foundation Inc. (CVIF) and 2010 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee

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