Nearshore Americas’ Founder and Managing Director, Kirk Laughlin, is among the keynote speakers at 2do Encuentro Federal de Polos y Clusters TIC (Second Federal Meeting of ITC Clusters) in La Plata, Argentina.
The two-day conference, beginning on April 20, 2017, aims to discuss La Plata’s emergence as a lucrative destination for services exports.
Laughlin is a special guest speaker along with several industry experts, including Aníbal Carmona, Vice President of World IT Services Alliance (WITSA) and Daniel Agustín Novegil, CEO of Ternium, one of the leading names in Latin America’s steelmaking industry.
Senior officials from the La Plata municipality and ministers in the Buenos Aires provincial government will also take part in the event.
The event is organized by Polo IT La Plata, in collaboration with the Undersecretariat of Technological and Productive Services at the Ministry of Production, the Government of the Province of Buenos Aires, the Municipality of La Plata, and the Faculty of Informatics at the National University of La Plata.
Just 50 miles from Buenos Aires and home to almost 900,000 residents, La Plata is the birthplace of the country’s reputed IT and software developer Globant. Several global tech service firms, like Accenture, are running delivery centers there also.
Lower costs, a high standard of living, and proximity to the Argentine capital are some of the factors driving its IT services sector. Easy availability of high-skilled workers is also among its major selling points, say industry experts.
The IT services industry in Argentina created more than 7,000 jobs last year, and La Plata is achieving a phenomenal growth, according to data from the Argentine Chamber of Software and Information Service Companies (CESSI).
Currently, the computer software and services sector (SSI) has employed around 87,000 people in the country.