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Tech One Global: First Sri Lankan BPO to set up business in Hambantota IT Park

In support of Namal’s vision to take IT/BPO industry to rural Sri Lanka

Tech One Global will set up a 50 seat IT/BPO business becoming the 1st Sri Lankan company to set up operation in Sri Lanka’s 1st dedicated IT/BPO Park in Hambantota, a far-reaching development mission envisioned and spearheaded by Hon. Namal Rajapakse MP. In a media announcement Mr. Wasantha Weerakoon, CEO of Tech One Global, states that they are indeed honored as a truly home-grown local company to become the first in this initiative to enable jobs and opportunities for over 50 youth in the thriving BPO sector of the country. Mr. Weerakoon stated that plans are already underway to commence operation by February for which the training and skills development work has already been completed.

The Hambantota IT/BPO park, the first of its kind is being established under the guidance of Hon. Namal Rajapakse with the vision of taking the IT & the BPO industry as a key enabler of new jobs in rural Sri Lanka. Hambantota IT/BPO Park aims to provide 100,000 employment opportunities including over 40,000 seats in direct IT/BPO related jobs for youth from the entire Southern region by 2016. This will contribute directly to the national vision of have 10 % of the country’s labor force working in IT & IT related jobs by 2020.

Hon. Namal Rajapakse MP for the Hambantota District recently announced the formation of the public-private partnerships that is coming forward in the setting up of the Hambantota IT/BPO Park, that included leading industry players such as Tech One Global. Among other significant resource providers is the Vocational Training Authority (VTA) who plays the role of training partner, using the globally recognized Microsoft BPO curriculum designed specifically for the BPO industry. In addition, Microsoft Sri Lanka comes on board as a key facilitator, providing the necessary IT resources for skills development of the youth, whilst IDM joins in as a training partner along with the support of SLASSCOM.

The initial set up of Tech One Global will create 50 BPO seats in February, by channeling public sector related work. With more skilled youth being added to the BPO workforce from the area, they intend to expand operation in to other areas such as legal and financial BPO etc. To facilitate the commencement of businesses in the proposed IT/BPO Park, the Government in the recent budget proposal pledges to make all necessary infrastructure and facilities available at a very low cost in order to attract local and foreign BPO operators to Hambantota.

Speaking further about Tech One Global’s vision in setting up this important project, Mr. Weerakoon stated, “We’re extremely happy to be partnering with Hon. Namal Rajapakse MP, and leading industry players like Microsoft, VTA, IDM and SLASSCOM to kick start this project. This will help us make the entire island a skilled IT trained country as opposed to just centralizing it in Colombo and will aid our economy and development immensely. The training programme these young BPO operators will undergo is on par with international standards and requirements and we are confident that it will help our BPO industry compete with any other country without a doubt.”

The early stages of the operation are currently underway at a temporary location, with training programmes commenced in January where these young BPO operators undergo job and operation specific skill development training based on the applications they will use, after which the project will be launched with its first 50 seat jobs in February 2012.