18 September 2008 | Jake Kanter
Buyers have been encouraged to source from the emerging markets of the Philippines and Mexico
Speaking at a low-cost country sourcing conference in Prague yesterday, Ryan Maclang, assistant to the ambassador for trade and tourism for the Philippines, and José Luis Bernal, ambassador for Mexico, said the countries offered "fantastic" opportunities for purchasers seeking low-cost, skilled labour services.
Maclang told delegates outsourced call centres, animation services and back-office functions had been significant to the growth of the Philippines' economy. He argued graduates are often more skilled than those in China and India in areas such as engineering and finance.
"The offshoring and outsourcing industry is large and growing in the Philippines. Over 3,000 companies outsource to the country including Accenture and Royal Dutch Shell and in 2007 the National Outsourcing Association named us the top outsourcing location in the world," he added.
Luis Bernal said Mexico aims to become one of the top 20 most competitive countries in the world. He explained a more democratic political system, a stronger economy and new trade agreements were making the country more attractive to buyers.
Around 95 per cent of Mexico's services are provided through manufacturing, but it also offers agricultural opportunities and has reserves of oil and raw materials. Luis Bernal said: "There are many opportunities - many needs and requirements we can fulfil. We hope to see you there."