Friday, 12 June 2009

Bhutan : Govt.-Genpact IT MoU

10 June, 2009 - The government and Genpact, a business process outsourcing (BPO) company in India, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Bangalore yesterday to develop the information technology (IT) sector in the country.

Under the agreement, the company will employ 200 Bhutanese graduates every year to work in operation centres in India. A “train the trainer” program will also be established to train Bhutanese candidates, who would be responsible for training within the country.

With the company’s assistance, the government will also introduce an IT curriculum in schools and colleges.

In return, the government will set up an operations centre in the country by 2011. More such centers may follow.

The CEO of Genpact, Pramod Bhasin, said that with “favourable government support, a growing talent pool, surplus of green power and good infrastructure,” Bhutan would soon emerge as a suitable location for the BPO industry.

Bhutan’s climatic conditions and location was ideal for setting up operation centres, said the minister of communications, Lyonpo Nandalal Rai. He also said that Bhutan’s English speaking population would facilitate the development of IT enabled services. The minister said that Bhutan was fortunate in partnering with the company in its attempt to promote the local IT industry.

By Gyalsten K Dorji

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