As the Philippines’ business process outsourcing (BPO) industry shows significant growth, European BPO players will likely expand their outsourcing operations in the country, according to Guy Ledoux, European Union Ambassador to the Philippines.
Considered as the number one outsourcing location of choice for voice-based processes with more than half a million in the workforce as of 2011, the Philippines is poised to grow by 20 percent this year despite the anti-outsourcing efforts in the US. With this growth, Ledoux said European companies, which make up 10 percent of the total number of firms with BPO operations in the country, are predicted to expand as a means to be more competitive.
In addition to expansion in the BPO sector, the EU Ambassador said European firms are looking into renewable energy sources, stating that renewable energy comprised 70 percent of Europe’s new power generation capacity in 2011.
Ledoux said when it comes to foreign funds, how attractive the Philippines’ business climate is to investors matters more than the current state of the European economy. Both Europe and the Philippines are exerting efforts to ensure that the flow of EU investments to the country will remain strong.