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.
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”
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release March 22, 2012
Applications are being accepted now for Caribbean Idea Marketplace matching grants. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2012. The Caribbean Idea Marketplace (CIM) is a business competition platform that encourages local Caribbean and diaspora entrepreneurs to forge partnerships around innovative projects that will generate employment and economic opportunities in the Caribbean region. CIM will provide up to $100,000 in matching grants to each winning project.
CIM was officially launched on March 1, 2012, at the Invest Jamaica forum in Montego Bay, Jamaica, which followed Secretary Clinton’s announcement of the initiative during a meeting with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica in 2011. The Department of State’s partners in this effort include the Inter-American Development Bank’s Compete Caribbean program, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Partners also include Digicel, Scotiabank, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Continue reading “Apply Now for Caribbean Idea Marketplace Matching Grants”