Few weeks ago, a good friend Doris Magsaysay-Ho hosted a dinner for 35-40 people who are involved in technology and e-commerce. We are also a part of the said dinner as Doris, who heads the Asia Society Philippines and APEC Business Advisory Council, would like to partner and has tapped Go Negosyo in the forthcoming APEC Summit on SME Development. As we share the same vision of empowering MSMEs, we are fortunate to be considered as an institutional partner.
The dinner also served as a welcome dinner for her good friend, Diane Wang, to share her views on e-commerce. The dinner went well as Diane, who is the founder and CEO of DHGate.com, gave a compelling presentation on the driving force behind e-Commerce business in China, her views on the cross border e-commerce – next decade of e-Commerce and how to capture this opportunity.
Diane said that in 2014, APEC prioritized the enhancement SME’s global competitiveness. ICT and E-commerce were identified as best ways to enable SME’s to access finance, global market, and sustain empowerment. In China, they have empowered Chinese SMEs to transform and upgrade their business through E-commerce. The biggest driving force behind this success is the millions of Chinese SMEs that were encouraged to grow their businesses online. Over the years, e-commerce has directly created 1.8 millions of jobs plus 16.5 millions of jobs in e-commerce within the business.
Internet is really a great equalizer. We all can make this happen if we raise the level of awareness and knowhow. Internet has indeed reached a stage where it can make one fulfil his or her dream and beat poverty!
We are looking forward to this partnership with Doris and the APEC Business Advisory Council and on how we can both empower MSMEs in 2015.