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UK opens the only shared service facility outside its soil

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Staff writer ▼ | March 3, 2014
Asif Anwar AhmadThe British government has established a shared service facility for all its embassies in Asia Pacific region in Manila, making the Philippines its only site outside of London and perhaps the only foreign government to do so.

It directed its embassy here to bring the bilateral trade level to 5 billion pounds in three years from the current 1 billion pound level.

British Ambassador to Manila Asif Anwar Ahmad told reporters that Manila is the only British government’s shared service facility in the world outside of the United Kingdom. "So we will divide the world into two, UK will do western Europe, northern and south America and the rest of Africa, and we will do the rest of the world here," the ambassador said.

The ambassador explained that each UK embassy abroad has small accounting department, a payment department, human resource department, and the wages and salaries functions. "We’re gonna stop all of that. We’ve moved all the Asia Pacific paym.",” he said.

Already, the British government’s shared service facility is now occupying one floor in the embassy with an initial staff of 70 people.

"Because this initial functions are successful in Asia Pacific, we’re now taking decision to close all our processing everywhere in the world and moved into the Philippines. It’s been a huge success and it is all locally-run, we don’t have anybody brought in from the UK. All our staff are recruited here," the ambassador said.

Most MNCs have already established their shared services facilities in the Philippines, the world’s outsourcing hub, but Great Britain could be the first and lone foreign government to have established its shared service facility for the non-core functions of its Asia Pacific embassies into one site in Manila.

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