Philippines and New Zealand met to increase collaboration on IT/BPO


As the Philippine Embassy in New Zealand continues its intensive promotion of forging greater strategic partnership in the information technology (IT)/business processing and knowledge processing (BPO/KPO) sectors, Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand Virginia Benavidez met with New Zealand Trade and Enterprises (NZTE) officer Eileen Vizmonte, Business Processing Association Philippines (BPAP) Executive Director for External Affairs Martin Antonio Crisostomo and External Affairs Associate Indu Badlani at the BPAP office on March 27.
She likewise met on even date with representatives from the IT sector, namely, Pacific Hub’s Manager Anne Kristine Nilooban and Shanti Debbi Baltazr, R Computer Professionals Inc. Vice President for Business Development Rosario “Ito” M. Gruet, and Philippine Software Industry Association Executive Director Josefina “Joie” Villanueva.
Discussions focused on preparations for the 2nd Philippine ICT Partnership Opportunity Mission to New Zealand on May 26 to 28.
Ambassador Benavidez thanked the NZTE, BPAP and the IT companies for their interest to go on an IT mission to Auckland, New Zealand.
She highlighted the increasing collaboration between the Philippines and New Zealand on the IT/BPO sector as one of the flagship and priority projects in the Embassy’s economic diplomacy programs.
Ambassador Benavidez briefed the company heads on the arrangements for the IT delegation’s meeting and interaction with the Filipino IT professionals on May 26. She likewise stated that BPAP’s presentation on the success and strides of the Philippine IT/BPO industry would be very much welcomed by the Filipino community in New Zealand who would be interested and proud to know how this sunshine industry continues to empower the Filipinos and contributes significantly to the country’s economic growth.
NZTE officer Vizmonte gave an update on the list of New Zealand companies and the program for the presentation and business matching session with BPAP and Philippine IT/Software companies on May 28. The Embassy gave an additional list of New Zealand companies and ICT associations which NZTE can invite to the business meeting.  Ambassador Benavidez suggested that success stories and personal testimonies from New Zealand businessmen who have businesses in the Philippines will be highly useful and informative. The “Business Plus” newsletter of the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) has a 150,000 membership.
The matching session between the New Zealand companies and the Philippine delegation on May 28 would definitely open more doors for greater business collaboration and investments. New Zealand companies’ involvement in the Philippine IT/BPO/KPO sectors has considerably increased in the past months.