Reverse outsourcing?

December 18, 2007 at 12:51 pm 3 comments

I was speaking with the head of a P@SHA company this morning and he told me something that totally amazed me. His company is one of the fastest growing companies in the BPO sector in Pakistan. Totally export driven with most of the business coming from the US. He tells me that his company is now outsourcing some work to the US. Yes, you heard correctly! A Pakistani company outsourcing work to the US!

Why has this become necessary when we have a population of 160 million? Well, some of the work that he needs done includes translation in 48 languages. Finding people who can do translations in Spanish, French, German, Italian, etc has not been easy. He is turning to natives of these languages living in Pakistan. Maybe one of the things we should be looking at is emphasizing more on the learning of languages. English certainly but in addition perhaps one of two European languages? What say you?

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  • 1. Osama A.  |  December 18, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Scrybe from their blog seem like they’re trying to do the same thing – take people from their community-base to use for language translation.

    Uraan Software has had some of their staff now trained in German to serve customers from that market.

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  • 2. mystic  |  December 24, 2007 at 7:21 am

    Also things are not as cheap in Pakistan taking all logistics in consideration. Weak dollar and high inflation in Pakistan as well as copyright issues didn’t leave Pakistan a real cheap labor market. As world is getting global, it make sense to let things lie where it belongs.

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  • 3. asif  |  December 27, 2007 at 1:24 am

    Outsourcing to India, Croatia, Romania and Poland is also happening.

    This includes Animation, high end C++ programming and VoIP.
    Its most the peace of mind that business owners here are trying to buy.

    Lets see how far this goes.

    asif

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