Eurofins, an international group of testing and support labs, has invested US$250,000 in Costa Rica to launch a delivery center that will provide IT services to its operations across the Americas.
The Brussels, Belgium-based company says it will staff its San Jose center will around 50 information technology professionals to provide services to the food and pharmaceutical industries.
In a statement, Eurofins says it is looking for Costa Ricans with knowledge in IT infrastructure, data centers, IT operations, and application development.
“Our new site in Costa Rica will deliver offshore IT services for our operations in North and South America,” said Sajith Chakkingal, Offshore Director of IT Infrastructure and Operations at Eurofins.
This is Eurofin’s third service delivery center in the world, with the others located in Bangalore, India and Penang, Malaysia.
Juan Carlos Mendoza, Costa Rican Minister for Communications, present at the time of the center’s inauguration, said the country will continue “strengthening and adapting to the requirements of the world’s labor industry”.
The Costa Rican services sector has been growing at a commendable speed, with international companies increasingly choosing the country to launch back-office and shared service centers, largely due to its proximity with the United States and its reliable law and order situation.
In 2000, there were only six foreign companies, says Duayner Salas, Minister of Foreign Trade. However, today there are more than 157 multinationals operating in the country’s services sector.
In 2017 alone, Costa Rica IT and IT-related services exports represented 48% of the total country’s services exports, according to CINDE, the country’s investment promotion agency.