In this issue's extended soapbox, Sigi Osagie talks about the prospects for Africa to become a major outsourcing market.
"Africa may be in a position to capitalise on this. And here's why.
First, Africa remains under-used as a regional outsourcing hub, so
there is significant untapped potential across the continent - that
leaves a sizeable geography just waiting to be utilised more
Second, Africa is currently experiencing a resurgence in its global
profile, especially in the world political and trade agendas, helped by
the efforts of world leaders such as ex-US president Bill Clinton and
former British prime minister, Tony Blair.
Also, some African countries appear to be making serious efforts at
tackling many of their fundamental problems. Ghana, for example, has
made great strides in improving its political stability and physical
infrastructure in recent years. It is quite possible that all of these
factors may coincide to launch Africa on to the world stage as a
pre-eminent offshore outsourcing hub."
What is stopping Africa becoming a location of choice for outsourcing? Can it conquer these problems?