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Hon de Castro discusses outsourcing business opportunities in Curacao

- as Territory seeks to capitalise on Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector
Group photo of Honourable Sharie B. De Castro, Honourable Catherine Hughes, Ms Shelly-Ann Mohammed and Ms Lizette George. Photo: Provided)
During the Conference, Hon De Castro also met with the Minister of Public Telecommunications for the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Honourable Catherine Hughes. The two leaders had a one-on-one discussion on the role of young persons in leadership and the need for Caribbean leaders to work together in promoting the Caribbean as one. Photo: Provided
During the Conference, Hon De Castro also met with the Minister of Public Telecommunications for the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Honourable Catherine Hughes. The two leaders had a one-on-one discussion on the role of young persons in leadership and the need for Caribbean leaders to work together in promoting the Caribbean as one. Photo: Provided
WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – Hon Sharie B. Y. de Castro (AL), in her portfolio as Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, during the period May 7-10, 2019 attended the ‘Outsource to the Caribbean Conference’ (OCC) in Curaçao where the VI is looking to capitalise on the outsourcing business sector.

In a public statement on the trip, it was revealed that Hon de Castro met with Head of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the Caribbean, Ms Shelly-Ann Mohammed to discuss potential opportunities for developing the outsourcing sector in the Virgin Islands (VI) as a means for addressing the issue of Economic Substance.

The Outsource to the Caribbean Conference 2019 (OCC 2019) is a pan-Caribbean outsourcing event for industry players in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector and brings together over 300 industry leaders from the public and private sector in the Caribbean as well as investors looking for outsourcing service opportunities and for individuals considering investing in the Caribbean’s BPO sector.

BPO Services

 “The Caribbean market has recently become a target of choice by major companies that wish to outsource essential business processes for various reasons including costs, incentives, and governance, among others,” Hon de Castro said.

“I am encouraged so far by the information covered, which helps in understanding the importance of building capacity locally to be able to facilitate the development and growth of this new sector. It is essential in the promotion of investment into the new sector to ensure diversification of the economy,” she revealed as part of the visit to the conference.

The conference brought together leaders in the industry who shared their expertise as well as established relationships in the outsourcing sector.

Role of poung persons in leadership

According to the Government Information Service (GIS) release, “During the Conference, Hon De Castro also met with the Minister of Public Telecommunications for the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Honourable Catherine Hughes. The two leaders had a one-on-one discussion on the role of young persons in leadership and the need for Caribbean leaders to work together in promoting the Caribbean as one.”

The conference included a number of training sessions that focused on understanding the basics of outsourcing and how to develop and sustain a sound strategy for the Development of the BPO sector in the Virgin Islands.

11 Responses to “Hon de Castro discusses outsourcing business opportunities in Curacao”

  • Bob the defeter (16/05/2019, 10:51) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    But time we heard from our highest vote getter
  • Asking for a friend... (16/05/2019, 12:00) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    is it to late to make her the minister of education and give showada the other things he has
  • . (16/05/2019, 13:10) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    Cross dressing?
    • @ . (16/05/2019, 15:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please!!! see looks very official and sophisticated as usual. Remember she was a former Ms BVI
    • Personal comments (16/05/2019, 19:41) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      To the knucklehead who said "cross dressing?", your comment is uncalled for. Please show some respect.
    • Agree (16/05/2019, 22:18) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      Her current style of dressing leaves a lot to be desired. Being a firmer beauty queen she has disappointed me. Dress for the job you want not the one you have.
  • Amgine (17/05/2019, 07:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tha the problem
    Some people don’t want to embrace their now and always wanting to get more,let the balance take place. Appreciate the now and when the then comes you’ll step rite in to it then you’ll adjust cause it’ll be the real in season not the dream of want. DEAL WITH THE FACTS of LIFE NOT the faith OF STRIFE . Patience is virtue

    Stand firm Cuzzo
    Don’t mind them out here talking bout cross dressing and all tha crap
  • leave her (17/05/2019, 08:50) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Her style we love that’s why she got the most votes

    Now smoke that myrum
  • E. Leonard (17/05/2019, 12:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Indeed, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is an economic opportunity that the BVI can tap into to boost employment. However, in order to tap into the market, the BVI has to have the capacity and capability (skill sets) to compete to supply the demanded services; it is a competitive sector. The BVI will have to compete with other regional sister countries, Far East........etc. What is outsourcing? Outsourcing is simply companies/organizations having some services performed outside by non-company employees. Why do companies outsource? Companies outsource for a myriad of reasons, including a. reduce cost and increase profit, b. gain access to specialty skills, ie, IT..etc, c. farming out non-core skills to focus core skills, d. enhance productivity.......etc. Call center(s) is a common outsourcing services. The foregoing was external companies offshoring services; internal outsourcing is a different opportunity.

    Moreover, increasingly, the public sector looks to outsourcing to cut cost, improved efficiency and effectiveness, deliver more services, procure indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (ID/IQ)services (ie, debris clearing after a major storm...etc), infrequently demanded services.....etc. Typical services include road maintenance and repair, grass cutting/brush clearing, ghut maintenance, electricity supply, park maintenance, facility maintenance, equipment maintenance and repair, physical security, surveying ......etc. Nonetheless, outsourcing is no panacea; it comes with pros and cons; it has to be effectively managed.
    • @E.Leonard (17/05/2019, 16:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, thanks for staying on the outsourcing topic, not focusing on the lady’s mode of dress and other confusing causing comments. On another note, it seems like outsourcing some government services might cut cost and improve service delivery but impact direct government employment. Government is a major employer with benefits; most contract employees’ benefit are limited. The basic cost of performing the service is relatively the same between government and contractor. The difference is government incurs the added cost of benefit but contractors generally don’t.


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