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November 2013

Three Regional Firms Win investor of the Year Awards


 
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Belize City, Belize November 22, 2013. The inaugural Regional Investor of the Year Award was held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina before a host of invited guests, including members of the private sector from Belize.  The event, part of the 4th Annual General Assembly of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), was held in recognition of the contribution of foreign and local investors to the Caribbean.  Receiving the award for Foreign Investor of the Year was Qualfon Guyana Inc., a business process outsourcing and call center service provider based in Georgetown, Guyana.  Vice President of Marketing and Product Management Brian Kearney accepted the award on behalf of Qualfon.  The values-driven company, he said, is not just about business but also about a passion for improving the lives of people in the communities they serve.

ARS Humano, a privately held health insurance company in the Dominican Republic, was Continue reading “Three Regional Firms Win investor of the Year Awards”

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Outsource2LAC Shapes up as the foremost outsourcing and offshoring event in Latin America and the Caribbean


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Representatives of hundreds of global services companies meet in Buenos Aires with industry experts to examine current trends

The third annual Latin American and Caribbean Outsourcing and Offshoring Forum, Outsource2LAC, brought together representatives of leading global services industries in the region with potential clients from Asia, Europe, and North America.

More than 500 businesspeople from the global services sector, trade promotion professionals and government officials participated in the meeting, which was held in Buenos Aires Nov. 20-21. During the event participants held more than 1000 one-on-one business meetings in fields that included digital animation, virtual education, pharmaceutical research and development, architectural design, and engineering design, among others.

“Our region is increasingly recognized internationally for the great variety and quality of the global services it offers, and Outsource2LAC has become a key resource for this market,” said Fabrizio Opertti, chief of the Trade and Investment Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). “Our geographic location, time zone, and our growing numberof creative and innovative companies give us a competitive advantage,” he added.

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The event’s first day was marked by panel discussions on issues relevant to the global services industry, such as of “nearshoring and reshoring” incorporating services into the value chain, the importance of strengthening human capital, and opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises. Continue reading “Outsource2LAC Shapes up as the foremost outsourcing and offshoring event in Latin America and the Caribbean”

Enhancing the Caribbean’s Foreign Direct Investment Strategy


Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion agencies (CAIPA), hosted their 4th Annual CAIPA General Assembly at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina, Belize on November 21-22, 2013.

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Under the theme ‘Towards an Enhanced FDI Strategy: Strengthening our Foundation and Honouring Regional Excellence’ Investment Promotion Agency (IPA)officials from Member countries that include: Antigua   and   Barbuda,   Bahamas,   Barbados,   Belize, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands, focused attention on the development of  CAIPA’s Strategic and Sustainability Plan (2014-2018). The Plan is being developed with the assistance if Ideas to Business Limited.

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Another special feature of this year’s General Assembly was the inaugural hosting of the Regional Investor of the Year Award for the Caribbean territories who are members of Continue reading “Enhancing the Caribbean’s Foreign Direct Investment Strategy”

Central American Nearshore Summit 2013


Central America Showcases Outsourcing Opportunities 

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Managua, Nicaragua November 7th – 8th, 2013

Nicaragua inaugurated the first annual Central American Nearshore Summit (CANS) November 7, 2013 with the participation of over 160 businessmen mainly from the U.S. and the Central American region. The event was centered at promoting the entire region as an outsourcing destination due to its various competitive advantages; among them its competitive cost structure, strategic location and cultural affinity with the U.S.

Among the participants are 45 prestigious outsourcing companies; among them United Health Care, UBS, Darwin Zone, Accenture, Allied Global, Atento, Sitel, and Teleperformance.

The highlight of the event was the first session of business meetings held between service providers and buyers of the region. These previously scheduled meetings represent a unique opportunity for foreign and regional companies as they allow the establishment of key contacts and alliances within the outsourcing industry.

Additionally, there have been plenary sessions mainly on the current state of the industry, and investment opportunities offered in Central America, as well as outsourcing challenges of the region. Representatives from each Central American country were also able to highlight individual competitive advantages from their country in the plenary session “Meet the Agencies”. Other topics addressed during CANS include nearshoring social responsibility and success stories of companies established in the region.

Some of the industry experts that spoke at the event are Bert Quintana, President and CEO of Sitel, who is responsible for directing the company’s strategic growth and expansion; Atul Vashistha, Founder and Chairman of NEO Group, a leading global service and outsourcing advisory and supply monitoring firm; and DJ Edgerton, Founder and CEO of Zemoga, who was ranked in 2013 as #10 in Nearshore America’s Power 50 Most Influential Executives. Continue reading “Central American Nearshore Summit 2013”

Senior Advisor – Trade and Export Development


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SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to the Manager – Trade and Export Development (TED), the Senior Advisor – Trade and Export Development will help to oversee the work of the Trade and Export Development department in particular as it relates to promotion of the interests of the regional private sector including SMEs in the areas of market research and intelligence; trade advocacy; and export development and promotion. He/She will work directly with the Manager – TED and provide technical support and leadership to the Advisors in the different functional areas outlined above to ensure successful and timely achievement of the department’s work program. He/She will also be required to liaise with other departments within Caribbean Export as well as with external stakeholders, and to represent the agency from time to time.

For the full job description visit our careers page on www.carib-export.com

Interested applicants must send their CV and cover letter by email to Mr. David Gomez at dgomez@carib-export.com and copied to Mrs. Wendy Graham (EA) at wgraham@carib-export.com

Deadline for submissions is: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 4:30pm AST

http://www.carib-export.com/2013/11/career-opportunity-senior-advisor-trade-and-export-development/

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