It's that time of year when some people give gifts and offer best wishes, and so that's our theme for today. I know that everyone really wants one of these, but supplies are limited, so instead I'm thinking alternative items. If I had the bank roll of Carlos Slim and Eike Batista, here's what I would give each country in the Nearshore region.
Belize: May your dream of data parks come true, without loss of natural beauty and laid-back style.
Brazil: Success with Plano Brasil Maior, triumph over poverty, less red tape, and enough qualified IT workers to scale up for global demand. And looser immigration policies (which would help with that last item).
Ecuador: Fulfilling your objective of growing your young tech sector, and a lower attrition rate.
El Salvador: May efforts to improve English skills pay off.
Guatemala: Achieving the goal to build up a "digital industry."
Honduras: May you keep making headway as a BPO player.
Mexico: May more VC funds appear for your creative IT people (paging Señor Slim), and the situation improve for startups. May Guadalajara's tech generation thrive and the city sparkle, and may you continue to be recognized internationally as an IT and BPO destination.
Uruguay: May you overcome the obstacles that hinder the IT outsourcing sector and encourage young people to pursue IT.
And to all: Happy clients, successful outcomes, prosperity, and peace.