Mauritius Reiterates its Commitment to Global Standards in the International BPO Conclave
Mauritius, one of the world's most promising outsourcing destinations held the 2011 edition of its annual International BPO Conclave between November 6-November 8, 2011 in the picturesque Port Luis. Rajiv Gupta, the BCI CEO and several other business heads and policy makers converged on the island to deliberate on aspects ranging from FDI in outsourcing to making Mauritius a preferred outsourcing destination. Organized by the Ministry of Information & Communication Technology, the Conclave yet again proved that Outsourcing tops the agenda of the Government of Mauritius and there is an aggressive focus on making the island an outsourcing hub of the South African Development Council (SADC) region in the Indian Ocean. Most notably, Mauritius is among the very few neo-BPO nations that have the most developed infrastructure for IT and ITES industry and a well-knit, integrated policy framework for ICT regulation and promotion. Needless to say, BCI and many departments of the government of Mauritius have been working together to help expand outsourcing sector in the island.
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Rockefeller International Conference on Impact Sourcing 2011
The Rockefeller international Conference on Impact Sourcing was held in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 5, 2011. Sanjeeva Shukla, Executive Vice President of BCI and head of BCI's Global Impact Sourcing Desk spoke in the conference along with several other business head, experts, policy makers and luminaries from the outsourcing world on wide-ranging challenges to the Impact Sourcing movement across the world. The conference featured hard talks on issues like employment opportunities in Impact Sourcing; capacity building mechanisms for the economically marginalized; economic growth models for third world countries and the role of impact sourcing in alleviating poverty and the role of governments and large industry players in making Impact Sourcing successful.
Notably, Rockefeller Foundation, which actually flagged-off the Impact Sourcing initiative several years back in India through its PRIDE program, has now effectively fanned it out to other third world nations and is funding many training programs designed to make the poor capable of getting sustainable jobs in the outsourcing/ BPO sector. BCI & Rockefeller Foundation are working in concert to identify areas where collaborative efforts will help strengthen the backbone of the impact sourcing movement across the world.
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BCI Set to Intensify Presence in Southern Africa
Outsourcing is set to invigorate the economies of several Southern African nations – many of them still counted in the Third World list. The however has been taken by South Africa, which has initiated a host of programs and schemes to promote rapid development of the country as an attractive destination to outsource. BCI’s own efforts in the SADC region now enter the next level of engagement, moving deeper into the south of the African continent. By end of the Q4 2011, BCI hopes to set up a well-oiled network of talent-developers; auditors; and a number of funding schemes in several Southern African nations – particularly South Africa – to help these economies embrace global standards at a faster clip..
BCI Penetrating Deeper into Eastern Europe
BCI’s plans for deepening its engagement with the higher-value outsourcing destinations in Eastern Europe have been released. With a sharp focus on knowledge-process outsourcing, BCI expects to penetrate further into at least six nations by end of Q4 in 2012, including Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania. As is widely known, Eastern Europe produces the largest number of research graduates and has gradually, but surely branded itself for KPO services. The demand for BCI Certifications and standards for professionals and enterprises has been steadily rising even as competition among these nations heightens to a new pitch, and international credentials begin delivering competitive advantages to them and to their industry.
BCI Ramping up Enterprise Systems Auditor Network
Faced with a rapid increase in the demand for its BSDQ® and BTMQ® enterprise certifications across South America, Eastern Europe and SADC region, BCI is revamping its network and structure of Enterprise Services Partners across the world. Notably, the BCI Partner network includes organizations engaged in Enterprise Systems Auditing and consulting for the SDMS and TMMS standards of BCI. In the renovated structure, BCI is looking at reinforcing the apparatus with a wider market coverage by developing eight Regional Solutions Hubs across the world, together covering all major geographies witnessing outsourcing growth. Each of these hubs are expected to have a cluster of Audit Partner organizations and groups of Change/ Compliance Facilitation experts. These hubs will also be strategically linked to the International Centers of Outsourcing Studies (ICOS®) operating in the region.