Washington D.C. PE Hosts Successful
First Uniglobal Services Outsourcing (USO) IT Mission in the U.S.
29 June 2007 – Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa welcomed the delegation of the 1<sup>st Uniglobal Services Outsourcing (USO), Inc. IT Mission to the U.S. at a reception held at the Philippine Embassy on 26 June, attended by key members and representatives of business chambers and organizations in the Metro D.C. Area.
"Trade missions such as this one and the continued confidence of our business partners in the Philippines and abroad will make possible President Arroyo's prediction that 2007 will be the year when it all comes together," said Ambassador Gaa before members of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA), the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, and staffers of U.S. Representatives John Mica (R-FL), Lee Terry (R-NE), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
The Philippine Delegation, composed of representatives from E-PLDT Ventus (Call Center), Vinzons-Chato Law Office (Legal Transcription)
In the BPO/IT Services market, the Philippines is estimated to have reached US$2.54 billion in 2006. The Call Center industry is expected to attain a revenue level of US$3.5 billion annually by 2008, potentially overtaking India in share of the global outsourcing market for call center services. In 2001, there were only 2,000 employees working in BPO companies in the Philippines. It is expected than a million jobs will be created by the business sector alone in 2010.
Dr. Gabor disclosed that the Philippines, as recently announced by Dr. James Poisant, Secretary-General of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), ranks 2<sup>nd or 3<sup>rd in terms of competitiveness among member countries of WITSA, a consortium of IT industry association from 60 economies around the world representing over 90 percent of the world's IT market.
The delegation already visited Los Angeles and Florida before meeting potential partners in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, and is scheduled to visit Delaware and Philadelphia today, then New York, New Jersey (July 2-3), and San Francisco (July 5-6).
Vice-Consul Gines Gallaga
Press & Information Officer
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