Wipro to set up global development facility in Mexico

Wednesday, 12 September 2007, 07:00 Hrs
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Bangalore: Coinciding with the visit of Mexican President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa to its campus in India's tech hub Tuesday, IT bellwether Wipro Technologies announced it would set up a global development centre at Monterrey in Mexico.

Welcoming the high-level Mexican delegation, headed by Calderon Hinojosa, Wipro chairman Azim H. Premji said the Monterrey facility would provide the company with dedicated resources to service its clients in North America, Latin America and Europe.

"The Monterrey centre will be strategic to our global operations on account of the bilingual talent (English and Spanish) available in Mexico in a convenient time zone. Its close proximity to the US will be an added advantage," Premji told the delegation after it went around the Wipro campus on the outskirts of Bangalore.

Hailing Wipro's decision to set up operations in his country, Calderon Hinojosa said the global software major's presence in Monterrey would enhance the partnership between the peoples of India and Mexico.

"I would like to congratulate Wipro for its development and the decision to open a development centre in Monterrey," Calderon, who is on a three-day state visit to India, told Premji.

Wipro has chosen to establish a presence in Mexico because Latin America is a strong emerging market and one where many of its clients have operations.

"We are optimistic about the growth opportunities and potential of talent available in this region. We will recruit the best people and train them in our delivery processes and methodologies to serve our global clients," Wipro Technologies president Ramesh Emani said on the occasion.

During the first phase of operation, Wipro will have 100 seats. All hires will participate in the Wipro training programmes to ensure global consistency.

Hinojosa also met some of the company's Mexican employees who are currently in Bangalore for induction and training.

Later, the Mexican president visited the Infosys Technologies campus and the Biocon Ltd facility, located in the neighbourhood of the electronics city.

Incidentally, Infosys set up its Latin American subsidiary and its software development facility in Monterrey Aug 21.

The Mexican president's trip to Bangalore comes a day after he held talks with the Indian government in New Delhi to strengthen ties between the two countries.

Calderon Hinojosa is the first Mexican president to visit India in 22 years.
Source: IANS
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