THIMPHU, Bhutan, 5 September, 2019: Digital data services company iMerit has opened a delivery center in Thimphu, Bhutan. The company provides tech-enabled data services for applications in areas like Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, e-commerce and Fintech.
The center is located at Thimphu TechPark, the country’s first IT Park. It was inaugurated by Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji, the Minister of Labor & Human Resources in a traditional ceremony also attended by Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Ruchira Kamboj. The Minister said, “I am pleased to witness the growth of iMerit in a short time frame and I hope that they will continue to develop the talent pool in Bhutan. Our government is keen to promote good careers in technology and we are here to help and support iMerit’s vision.” Radha Ramaswami Basu, CEO and founder of iMerit, welcomed the new team, “We are excited to extend the iMerit family to the beautiful Kingdom of Bhutan. The country has a great talent pool which is eager to learn and contribute to the global digital technology economy. This fits our company’s mission of empowerment, inclusion and diversity. Our global customers have reacted enthusiastically to the opportunity to work with the Bhutan team.” iMerit was founded as a for-profit social enterprise to help build the digital livelihoods of the future while effecting positive social and economic change. iMerit’s global client list includes top online retailers, computer vision startups and innovators in financial services and healthcare. Application areas for the data work done by iMerit include autonomous vehicles, satellite imagery, medical research, natural language recognition, e-commerce and financial technology. The work is supported by US-based sales, marketing and technology executives as well as solution architects. Today, the company employs over 2500 people globally with over 50% being women and over 80% coming from low income families.
Anupam Biswas, Chief Delivery Officer, iMerit, said, “The team in Bhutan has already grown to over 120 people, fully skilled in a variety of data services that help train sophisticated algorithms. Our trainers have worked closely with them and they have also been trained on our proprietary software systems and quality control processes.” Dr. Tshering Cigay Dorji, CEO, Thimphu TechPark, said, “Thimphu TechPark welcomes iMerit to Bhutan. We are glad to support their operations with our infrastructure and services, and we hope that iMerit will become a major technology leader in Bhutan.” Based on the growth of its global customer base, iMerit has strong expansion plans in South Asia. The company plans to further invest in the skill development and growth of its delivery team in Thimphu.