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    OBG Explores How Egypt Became Destination for BPO

    Date published: 29 July 2020
    Oxford Business Group, a British consultancy, global publishing and research firm, has published a detailed report on its website, highlighting how Egypt has become a destination for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).
    The report, viewed by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), lauded Egypt’s outstanding value propositions and how this helped attract business outsourcing firms, drawing on the country’s unique location between Europe, the Middle East and Africa; its youthful, educated, tech-savvy and multi-lingual population; and strong IT infrastructure.
    The budding segment has been supported by the government, which offers financial incentives to outsourcing companies, and has invested in the necessary ICT infrastructure upgrades to support BPO, such as 4G and fiber-optic cable networks; OBG noted.
    The country’s success establishing itself as an outsourcing destination, where industry leaders are leveraging it for their IT global service delivery; created thousands of jobs, with the BPO workforce expanding from 169,000 in 2017 to 212,000 in 2019. Indeed, this figure is projected to reach 240,000 in 2020. These jobs are filled by employees with specialized skills, as the country produces around 220,000 graduates in BPO-related fields and 50,000 in ICT-related fields per year. These students are also often multi-lingual, with the top languages of study being English, with 90,000 graduates per year; French, with 5400 graduates; and German, with 3000 graduates.
    Egypt’s location also means it can accommodate work across varying time zones and allows companies to provide business continuity between operations in the US and Asia.
    OBG added that ICT development has accelerated, with public cloud servers and BPO emerging as core contributors to the sector’s growth in recent years.
    The International Data Corporation (IDC) projects that Egypt’s ICT exports – which include BPO and knowledge process outsourcing – will expand from USD 3.3 billion in 2017 to USD 4.7 billion in 2020. It is also shifting from a specialization in multi-lingual centers to providing high-value niche services, such as product development and research. As of 2018, Egypt provided BPO services to some 100 countries in 20 languages.
    The report highlighted that Egypt’s supportive start-up ecosystem and government investment have allowed innovative enterprises to focus on developing services related to Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet Of Things (IoT) and big data. The rollout of 5G will be another notable step towards this end.
    The report referred to the Egyptian government’s efforts and the concrete steps it has taken in cooperation with telecommunications companies operating in Egypt. Offshoring firms will be able to use these technologies, increasing Egypt’s competitiveness on a global scale, the report added.
    “Egypt is effectively positioned to become a major hub of business and technology services to countries and organizations that are undertaking digital transformation, particularly those in regions such as North America, Europe, and MEA facing resource constraints,” IDC’s group Vice President and Regional Managing Director for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa Jyoti Lalchandani wrote in the German Outsourcing Association’s “Destinations Egypt 2.0: Outsourcing Destination Guide 2019” report, prepared in collaboration with ITIDA.
    “After establishing itself as a preferred regional outsourcing hub, Egypt started expanding its global outsourcing footprint and is now one of the fastest-growing offshore destinations in the world,” Lalchandani added.
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