Poor infrastructure keeps BPO investors off


A number of investors have shied away from setting up business process outsourcing (BPO) operations in the Philippines due to the country’s poor infrastructure. This was revealed by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, adding that the loss of tax incentives is actually not the main reason why investors do not pursue BPO investments in the country. The statement of Dominguez was in response to calls by the BPO industry not to remove value-added tax exemptions on outsourcing firms. Dominguez said reforming the tax system will generate more revenue that will enable the government to be better placed to carry out infrastructure program.