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Office Depot helps start the Association of Business Service Leaders in Romania (ABSL)

By Lavinia Florea | | 0

Office Depot is one of the founding members of The Association of Business Service Leaders in Romania (ABSL), which is a leading organization representing the business services sector, gathering high profile companies which conduct business in the area of Shared Services Center (SSC), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO), Research and Development (R&D). The current members of the association are: Office Depot, Oracle, WNS, Genpact, HP, Microsoft, Wipro.

ABSL’s goal is to support the long-term development and dynamic growth of the business services sector, create a positive awareness of our industry and increase investment attractiveness of Romania as a leading localization for outsourcing and offshoring projects. It aims to enhance dialogue and collaboration within the industry, by facilitating the exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices between sector players. ABSL supports solutions which foster entrepreneurship and advanced business practices, evaluates legislative improvement opportunities, helps adapt education to business requirements by recommending changes to the Romanian educational system. It cooperates with central and local authorities and the business community to provide mutual investment support and strengthen involvement in local communities. A key objective of ABSL is to develop and attract the right talent for the industry by influencing the university curricula to have well trained workforce and increase labor pool choice for the business service industry in Romania.

The members of the organization want to increase the visibility of our sector, as according to the Mercury Research Survey 2012, people are more aware of companies belonging to FMCG (81%), Telecom (76%), Retail (76%), Financial (75%), Energy (67%) and IT (66%) industries than of Business Services, a sector which is known only to 43%. Also, the business sector is one in which Romania has tremendous potential, as over 11.000 jobs have been created since 2008 and double digits growth is still provisioned. Romania is the 9th preferred country in the world for companies to locate this line of business, ranking third in Europe, after the UK and Poland.

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