APPFI partners with UP ISSI in holding Forum on China’s Financial Technology and E-Commerce Experience

Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc., (APPFI) in cooperation with UP ISSI and media partner Entrepreneur Philippines, held a public forum entitled “China’s Financial Technology and E-Commerce Experience: Exploring Implications for the Philippines.” The event took place on August 9, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00PM, at the Auditorium of the UP Bonifacio Global City Campus in Taguig City and was well-attended by staff from government agencies, entrepreneurs, students, and college professors.

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Atty. Rocky Chan (standing) moderating the open forum with the speakers (seated from left to right) Mr. Jaime FlorCruz, Ms. Maria Lourdes Yaptinchay, Atty. Ira Paulo Pozon, and Mr. Alfonso de Dios

As the forum aimed to look deeply into the Chinese experience and examine what lessons can be drawn from it, resource speakers who had been witness to these developments were asked to present their various perspectives. They were:

  • Mr. Jaime FlorCruz, former Beijing Bureau Chief of CNN, with “How China Harnessed E-Commerce to Leapfrog from Scarcity to Plenty;
  • Mr. Alfonso de Dios, founder/CEO of Telos Media Works and adviser to China Central TV, with “Ascending the Value Chain: Learning and Earning from China’s E-Commerce;
  • Atty. Ira Paulo Pozon, founder/CEO of Caucus, Inc. and international commercial law expert, with “A View from Tomorrowland: China’s Way of Life and Lessons for the Philippines;” and
  • Ms. Maria Lourdes Yaptinchay, director of DTI’s Bureau of Trade and Industrial Policy Research Department, with “Facilitating Cross-Border E-Commerce Between the Philippines and China.

To view their presentations, go to

Open forum sessions were moderated by Atty. Rocky Chan, co-founder and president of EnterPH.



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