Exploring synergies for convergence in the IT-BPM industry of Sri Lanka and the Philippines

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila, as an initiative to further strengthen bilateral trade relations with the Philippines, continues to explore opportunities for Sri Lanka despite the prevailing restrictions under the imposed quarantine.

The Embassy organized an exploratory meeting between the Sri Lanka Association for Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM) and the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) held online on 7 September 2020 to seek out opportunities for collaboration in the Information Technology and Business Processing Management (IT-BPM) industry between the two countries.

The two premier IT-BPM organizations were represented in the meeting by Mr. Ashique Ali, Vice Chairman of SLASSCOM, and Mr. Rey Untal, President of IBPAP, who both actively discussed and exchanged ideas on how their respective organizations can streamline any initiatives to stimulate collaboration in the industry particularly on upskilling the workforce in line with the global developments in the industry.

The two organizations were also keen to study the potential benefits of engaging under a framework agreement through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Ambassador Shobini Gunasekera, in her introductory remarks, promoted the strengths of Sri Lanka’s highly competent IT-BPM industry. She emphasized the emerging opportunities for Sri Lanka and the Philippines on win-win engagements by complementing each country’s strength and expertise in this industry.

The IBPAP, with over 300 members and six partner associations, is the enabling association for the IT-BPO industry in the Philippines. Meanwhile, SLASSCOM, with over 200 member companies and 30,000+ employee base, is the national chamber for the knowledge and innovation industry in Sri Lanka.

Embassy of Sri Lanka
07th  September 2020