ICT-BPO meet to look beyond US-A A +A
Monday, June 4, 2012
PARTICIPANTS of this year’s ICT-BPO Conference will learn more about opportunities in non-US markets as the organizers tapped ICT/BPO international experts from eight countries to speak during the two-day summit.
ICT-BPO Conference 2012 chairman Jun Sa-a, in a recent press conference, pointed out the need for Cebu’s ICT-BPO industry to study the growth and explore market opportunities of its neighboring countries.
He said the Philippines, particularly Cebu, need not concentrate on the US market as countries like Australia and Singapore can also be potential markets for outsourcing services.
Sa-a said they invited NASSCOM board member and chairman of Accenture India Avinash Vashistha to talk about “Learning from India” on the first-day of the conference.
ICT-BPO experts from Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Europe
will give a talk on the second day of the conference.
The ICT-BPO Conference 2012 is one of the highlight events of the Cebu Business Month scheduled on June 27-28 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu.
“We are looking at near-markets, particularly those (countries) which have slight time differences with the Philippines for an additional volume and so we can utilize the 24/7 operations,” said Anthony Noel, vice-chair of ICT-BPO Conference 2012.
Sa-a said tapping neighboring countries is also a contingency plan in case the pending outsourcing bill in the US will be passed into law.
“Issues and opportunities will be tacked during the conference. We need to look at countries which are closer to us and widen our perspective and scope in having
business,” he said.
Undersecretary Louis Casambre of the ICT office is the keynote speaker of the conference.
On Day 2, Michael Warren, director of Global Sourcing Cluster Multimedia Development Corp. of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will talk about the Malaysian economy, while Benoit Genuini, president of Pasarelle Numeriques will discuss Vietnam’s ITO.
China’s BPO story will be discussed by Dr. Frank Chen of the Beijing Association of Sourcing Services, while Masayoshi Tsuru of the Information-Technology Promotions Agency of Japan will tackle ITO opportunities in Japan.
Martin Conboy, president of Australian BPO Association and Richard Eldridge, director of European chamber will give a talk about the Australian BPO market and the outsourcing opportunities in Europe.
Gerry Clark of Partner, Information Services Group, on the other hand, will discuss the global outsourcing market.
Described as Cebu’s biggest ICT-BPO conference so far, the conference will also introduce the Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) industry in Cebu, which is said to be Cebu’s next emerging industry.
Sa-a said they will feature companies that have long been in Cebu and are doing well such as Lear, NCR, Lexmark and Tsuneishi.
The ICT-BPO conference will also launch two awards: the e-Gov awards and the Asean ICT awards.
The e-Gov award is a joint program of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines and the Department of Interior and Local Government. It is meant to recognize local government units that embrace and leverage ICT initiatives to improve efficiency, transparency and delivery of public services.
The Asean ICT award, on the other hand, is a joint project of the National Office of ICT & other Asean counterparts that seek to recognize innovations and technology-based innovation within the region.
Sa-a said applications created during the Startup Weekend Cebu could be possible entries for the ICT Award.
This year’s ICT-BPO Conference expects 400 participants coming from the sectors such as the academe, ICT-BPO, and the local-government units.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 05, 2012.