Introduction

Open Toronto is facilitating a meeting between the businesses in Toronto and World Bank – KPITB representatives unveiling the details of the BPO opportunities in KP, Pakistan.


This event is specially arranged for businesses, run by the Pakistani diaspora, who outsource or are planning to outsource backend services related to the low end operational tasks.


Event is scheduled for Feb 20, 2018 in Toronto and Participation is by Invitation Only.

When

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where

Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
525 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 2L2

Key Opportunities

  1. Competitive costs: KP offers competitive operating costs, with wages and operating costs around 15-20% cheaper than Pakistan averages, and around 30-40% cheaper than India.

  2. Abundant skilled talent pool: There around 20 million youth in KP, facing 15% unemployment. Education systems are similar to India, graduating skilled computer scientists, many of whom speak English. Three of the top five universities in the country are in KP. Local talent is culturally compatible with western businesses.

  3. Government support: Strong package of Government support including waiving local service tax on IT/call center businesses, BPO ready spaces (first 1500 by end 2018), BPO focused IT park (by end 2019), investment in digital skill development (40,000 youth to be trained), and dedicated and responsive IT Board providing customized business support

  4. Location: Pakistan, like India, comes with advantages in terms of time difference for offshore work particularly for the North American market. Peshawar and Abbottabad easily accessible by motorway, and Peshawar has an international airport.

  5. Infrastructure: Internet coverage of all major cities at some of the lowest rates in South Asia; BPO ready office spaces and BPO focused IT Park include power, power backup, and internet.

  6. KPITB offers one stop support on business registration.

  7. Government of KP investing in infrastructure for the BPO Services, including:

    1. Digital Complex (Peshawar)

    2. ITPark (Abbottabad)

    3. Internet City (close to Islamabad)

Delegates

We are bringing the finest industry experts to speak

Hon Reza Moridi

Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

Shahram Khan

Sr. Minister for Health and Information Technology, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Anna O’Donnell

Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank Group

Imran Ahmed Siddiqui

Consul General Pakistan, Toronto

Ali Mahmud

Chief Technology Officer, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Management Company

Shahbaz Khan

Managing Director, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board

Dawood Khan

Secretary, Science, Technology and IT Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Todd Jensen

Global Operations Leader and Strategic Sourcing Expert, and consultant to the World Bank.

Attend The Event

Attendance to this event is by Invitation only. If you would like to attend this event, please click on the link below to request an Invitation. A team member from OPEN Toronto will followup with you.

OPEN is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven, global organization with 12 chapters worldwide. OPEN Toronto facilitates entrepreneurship and business growth by bringing together entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals to network, inspire and collaborate for a positive change.

 

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