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PH Warned against too much Reliance on BPO

by: Karen Cayamanda

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | Outsourcing News |

UNCTAD Warns PH on BPOs during World Investment Report

While the business process outsourcing industry is greatly contributing to the Philippine economy, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) said the country should not depend too much on BPO since it is an example of non-equity modes (NEMs) which are attained and lost easily.

According to University of Asia and the Pacific Economics Prof. Jovi C. Dacanay who presented the World Investment Report 2011, non-equity modes are types of foreign direct investments (FDIs) and contractual deals that do not have high fixed assets. Aside from BPO, other examples of NEMs are contract manufacturing, franchising, and contract farming. Unctad said governments need to establish regulations on NEMs to make the most out of them and mitigate the risks.

Unctad said there are four areas to focus on to maximize the advantages that developing economies can get out of NEMs. These are: creation of policies embedded in development strategies, government support to initiatives in establishing domestic productive capacity, a strong legal and institutional framework, and creation of policies directed to the negative impact and risks brought about by NEMs.



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