Guatemala, the Latin American and the Caribbean outsourcing and offshoring business center engaged with Outsource2lac

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The Ministry of Economy, through the Investment Attraction Agency Invest in Guatemala, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), AGEXPORT and the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) launched Outsource2Lac 2014, the most popular and influential Outsourcing and Offshoring forum from the region, which will take place on November 12 -13, 2014.

The fourth edition of the most popular and influential Outsourcing and Offshoring forum from Latin America -Outsource2Lac 2014- will take place on November 12-13, 2014 in Guatemala City. The objective of this forum is to promote the participation of global services’ prominent entrepreneurs from around the world.

“Outsource2Lac is the result of the Alliance among the Ministry of Economy and the IDB, with AGEXPORT, the IT & BPO Commission and the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals as strategic allies. The event aims the expansion and reinforcement of the Latin American outsourcing and offshoring industry. Outsource2lac 2014 will let us stand in the eyes of the world to attract more investment for the sector and generate more job opportunities for Guatemalan people”, says Claudia Del Águila, Vice Minister of investment and competition, Ministry of Economy.

Guatemala was chosen as host for this international forum in 2014 based on the potential of its outsourcing/offshoring sector, its impact on the economic development of the country, the already known positive experiences and the regional potential.

In Outsource2Lac Guatemala 2014, more than 650 people from Latin America, Asia and Europe are expected to participate, in addition to 20 Commerce and Investment Promotion Agencies, Government export development Agencies and 50 buyers of business and technology services.

“In Outsource2Lac more than 600 service sector companies are estimated to participate, including representatives of large companies from Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and North America, with the projection of 1,200 business meetings and US$14 millions in closed business dealings”, pointed Oscar García, President of the IT and BPO Commission.

A full day will be devoted to the business meetings between the 50 buyers and the 200 national and international suppliers. The meetings will be implemented through the IDB’s platform Conecctamericas, a web site that Guatemalan entrepreneurs will be using for the first time and that offers the participants instant access to clients, suppliers, partners and investors at an international level.

Guatemala has a strong high-tech industry at a regional level. Its potential to expand businesses is real. Actually, the AGEXPORT’s IT&BPO commission is made up of 52 members involved in value-added services such as software, digital content development, service providers and contact center & BPOs. This comission generates more than 34 thousand direct jobs and USD$293 million in exports to American and European markets, said Oscar García, President of the IT and BPO Commission.

Guatemala, by being the venue of this important event, will benefit achieving strategic positioning, as it will be part of the global discussions on outsourcing and offshoring topics. This positioning can generate potential future businesses in the already established companies and can attract more employment-generating investment for the country. Additionally, the employees of the IT & BPO Guatemalan companies will have access to the Certified Outsource Professional –COP- training courses that IAOP will provide in an introductory way. The participating companies at this event will be credited with 15 hours by obtaining this certification.

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Andrea Salim

Aditional Data:

  •     The first Outsource2Lac took place in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2011.
  •     Guatemalan representatives have participated in all the editions as exhibitors and panelists, generating potential medium-term business contacts.
  •     The event has gathered more than 600 global services’ companies from more than 20 Latin American and The Caribbean countries, in addition to companies from United States, Ireland, Spain, France, Egypt, India and the Philippines who attended the forum which carried out more than 900 business meetings that generated more than US$12 millions, according to surveys received.
  •     Outsource2Lac Guatemala 2014 will have a panel of national and international speakers.

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