US BPO Company Eyes JV with Big Real Estate Developers

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Byline: JAMES A. LOYOLA

Global business process outsourcing firm Intellirisk Management Corporation is exploring the possibility of entering into joint venture agreements with real estate firms including the Ayalas and the Aboitizes of the Philippines.

IRMC president Vikas Kapoor said they are looking for a partner since they do not want to be weighed down by concerns over looking for a suitable site for the call centers and the contruction and other real estate concerns.

"We would like someone to take care of the real estate development part of the business so we can concentrate on bringing in the required technology and operating the business," Kapoor said.

Kapoor said the idea was brought up when he met Ayala Corporation chairman Jaime Zobel de Ayala II during the President Gloria Arroyo's strategic planning meeting for outsourcing in Cebu with 30 Chief Executives of top international corporations.

He said they are looking for investors who can partner with them and has the capacity to develop their real estate requirements not just in the Philippines but also overseas.

Ayala Corporation's Ayala Land Inc. is aggressively building projects that will cater to the burgeoning BPO sector in the Philippines while Ayala International has already made forays into the real estate business overseas such as in the United States, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong.

On the other hand, the Aboitiz group is one of the top conglomerates in Cebu where a lot of BPO firms are planning to relocate to because of the availability of skilled labor and good infrastructure.

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