The success of emerging markets such as India and the Philippines in outsourcing has attracted many African countries to use a similar model to dispatch software services both domestically and overseas.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (ITservices.frost.com), Sub-Saharan Africa Software Outsourcing Markets, finds that the market earned revenues of over $2.1 billion in 2007 and estimates this to double by 2014 to reach $ 4.3 billion.
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"The primary focus of stakeholders in sub-Saharan Africa is job creation and economic growth," says Frost & Sullivan ICT Industry Analyst Lindsey Mc Donald. "Governments are looking to create an environment conducive to outsourcers through incentives such as tax breaks, reduced registration time for companies, and the establishment of cyber parks to give a boost to start-up companies."
Low labour costs, robust economic growth, international support for information and communication technologies (ICT) projects, active government support and rising interest among corporates have all lent momentum to this sector. With technological advancement, opportunities for software outsourcing are unfolding in Africa, and early entry into this space can deliver a competitive edge.
However, some issues have impeded market progression. Volatile exchange rates, software piracy, low skills levels and financial and infrastructure constraints have restrained growth and must be addressed to make software outsourcing competitive against other emerging markets.
"With several countries realizing the benefits offered by software outsourcing, it is critical for African countries to counter the constraints and provide the much needed strengths to build software outsourcing," explains Mc Donald.
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