CEMENTING the Philippines’ dominance in the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) sector is the goal of a 10-member delegation of Filipinos who recently took part in a forum in India.
The delegation joined the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum (NILF) in Mumbai, through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) New Delhi or the commercial section of the Philippine Embassy in India.
Top executives from the IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) and IBPAP-member companies such as Sutherland, Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS), John Clements, BPO International, and TalkPush were a part of the delegation.
They explored the potentials of doing business with giant Indian IT-BPM companies.
PTIC New Delhi arranged a round table meeting for the Philippine delegation with the top IT executives of the Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla Group and NASSCOM, India’s foremost software industry association.
The roundtable focused on jointly exploring possible business partnerships that take advantage of the Indian conglomerates’ global scope and the Philippines’ expertise in IT-BPM.
“It is of high importance for our country to meet with top executives of IT-BPM industry in India, since it will help us strengthen existing bilateral relations with India and further explore the potential of IT-BPM sector for both countries,” PTIC New Delhi Commercial Counselor Michael Alfred Ignacio said.
The Aditya Birla Group, led by the Birla family, is a $40-billion conglomerate engaged in manufacturing as well as financial services, fashion and retailing, and telecommunications. The Birla family is known to have good ties with the Philippines
Matriarch and CEO Rajashree Birla currently serves as the Philippine Honorary Consul General in Mumbai.
“Given Aditya Birla’s long standing presence in and close ties with the Philippines, the country’s IT-BPM sector is ready for renewed and potential new strategic partnerships to support the conglomerate’s global footprint and growth . . . “ Ignacio noted.
“As 14 out of the top 15 Indian IT-BPM companies are already in the Philippines, our goal is to target the second tier Indian IT-BPM companies to also explore the advantages of co-locating and eventually putting up operations in the Philippines,” he added.
PTIC New Delhi said a meeting is coming up with NASSCOM Senior Vice President Sangeeta Gupta to discuss the association’s plans to jointly organize a 15 to 20-member business delegation to the Philippines in mid-April.
The Indian delegation aims to explore new investments, potential joint ventures and possible mutual beneficial cooperation in capacity building between the two countries as two of the top providers of IT-BPM services worldwide.