Ghazi al-Rowas, Assistant Dean of Engineering for Training and Community Service at the SQU who was elected in Berlin last January as President for APIF
will chair and represent the Sultanate in this meeting.
Table 2 demonstrates that all the four companies agreed on the importance of the abovementioned eight factors for the comparative advantages of outsourcing to China and gave a Likert-type scale reading between 3 and 5 (relatively important to very important) except for the APIF in two items.
Only the APIF has succeeded in creating more jobs in Canada, while the CIF and EIF cut jobs because of their restructuring of business processes.
The loss of low-skilled jobs through offshore outsourcing allowed the firms to complete the same job more cheaply in emerging countries, making it possible for them to focus on high valued-added design and new product development ventures, thus creating a fresh and better category of jobs (Sharma, 2004), as can be seen in the case of APIF in Table 3.