Over 14 years ago, I interviewed Manny V. Pangilinan and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II about ecommerce and convergence as a tech reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, for an article that came out on print and online at INQUIRER.net.
You can read the archived story here. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Philippine Internet, here’s hoping more Filipinos will have access to the Internet and benefit from ecommerce and convergence.
Here’s an excerpt:
Ayala also co-chairs the National Information Technology Council, the country’s highest IT policy-making body. Like Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. president and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan, Ayala is a member of the Estrada administration’s Council of Senior Economic Advisers. And though the respective conglomerates that they represent might be rivals in several fields–such as the Ayala Group’s Globe Telecom and Metro Pacific’s Smart Communications Inc.–Ayala and Pangilinan were in complete agreement on the need to remove legal obstacles to convergence.
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