Stephan Fricke, CEO & Head of the Advisory Board shared insights on the European ITO and BPO industry during the “Outsourcing Destination Bulgaria” Conference on September 10th in Plovdiv
The President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs Rumyana Bachvarova, the CEO and Head of the Advisory Board of the German Outsourcing Association Stephan Fricke and the Mayor of Plovdiv eng. Ivan Totev opened the national conference “Outsourcing Destination Bulgaria 2015”, which was organised for a second consecutive year by Plovdiv Municipality in partnership with „Industry Watch“.
The event brought together 320 leaders of the Bulgarian ITO and BPO industry, representatives of industry associations, public organizations as well as politicians to further boost the development of the local IT and business process services industry in Plovdiv.
“Over the last years we have been developing our city by changing the infrastructure, building kindergartens, and changing the lives of the people in it. But we have always focused on the future and the industry of 21st century – high tech, to ensure that young people will find their future here”, said the Mayor eng. Ivan Totev in front of the delegates of the event.
“Three and a half years ago we started working on the ambitious task to position Plovdiv on the map of the global IT industry and become an attractive destination for this sector. Our city has already established itself as the second most attractive centre in Bulgaria for investments in the IT and outsourcing after the capital Sofia”, also said eng. Ivan Totev. In support of his words he stressed that by the end of the year the number of the employed in the sector will exceed 5000“. And he continued: “The development of these industries stimulated the projects for construction of new Class A office buildings. This is a very important fact because the offices are the new factories.”
Mr. Totev announced and welcomed the IT specialists of the Ukrainian company Speedflow, who together with their families chose Plovdiv for their business and their home.
In her speech at the Forum, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Rumyana Bachvarova stated that one of the most important tasks is the provision of ‘fast track’ for issuing blue cards for specialists from countries outside the EU. Over the next 10 years training for at least 30,000 highly qualified personnel for the sector must be provided.
The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that in order to boost the economic development in short time two bills, which were already drafted and will be discussed at the Council of Ministers, need to be passed. These are the Law for electronic identification and the Law for e-governance.
In just one year Bulgaria has climbed with 11 positions in the international rankings for the most attractive outsourcing destinations and today is deservedly on the third place in the world, enjoying a strong reputation” stated the President Rosen Plevneliev at the opening of the Business Forum “Outsourcing Destination Bulgaria 2015” in Plovdiv.
The head of the country stressed that over the last years we are witnessing a very rapid development in the sector of the information and communication technologies. The software industry already forms 1.74% of the GDP of the country, and for the last 10 years the revenues of the IT companies grew by 600%. The President reminded the advantages of Bulgaria in this sector as a regional centre for IT and outsourcing – highly educated and proven professionals, excellent foreign language education, favourable tax environment.
The sector for information and communication technologies and the outsourcing and business services are among the key drivers for creating new jobs in the country, as for the last 12 months to mid-2015 their number is 41,000, said Mr. Plevneliev.
The President pointed out that Sofia and Plovdiv are the leading centres for the IT and outsourcing business in the country. According to the President, Plovdiv has become an industrial centre in Bulgaria with its established network of industrial zones. The city has also a well-developed education system with over 40,000 students. Mr. Plevneliev reminded that Plovdiv will be the European Capital of Culture 2019.
Press release: Municipality of Plovdiv, Outsourcing Verband, Picture: President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, Source: Municipality of Plovdiv