India’s Modi hails Philippines as services sector powerhouse

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the Philippines’ service sector, saying it is no wonder many of New Delhi’s information technology companies have invested in Manila. Hailing the country’s services sector as a powerhouse, Modi said the Philippines continues to challenge India’s dominance as the top business process outsourcing (BPO) destination in the world. The Indian leader also hailed the Philippine government’s efforts to implement “change,” noting the current administration’s ambitious infrastructure push and intensive anti-corruption drive to make the business environment more conducive. India, which used to house the largest number of voice-based BPO services in the world, was overtaken by the Philippines in 2011.