This week marks the creation of the Association of Language Services of Latin America and the Caribbean (ASLALC, according to its Spanish acronym), a collective effort encompassing translation companies from all over Latin America and the Caribbean.
ASLALC invites industry stakeholders to take an active role and usher in a new space for the organization of events in Latin America and the Caribbean, a venue for online debates, the distribution of newsletters and information, as well as the ongoing search for platforms that foster interconnection and professional development among all its members.
ASLALC’s core purpose is to represent the interests of translation and localization companies in Latin America and the Caribbean and explore the challenges they face.
ASLALC aims to enhance the profile of the translation industry in Latin America and the Caribbean and cultivate an environment for networking, benchmarking, continuing education and mentoring.
Maria Jose Alberto, CEO and Founding Partner of Insight Language Solutions, states: “The translation industry is about building liaisons among people, cultures, companies, and organizations. I’m thrilled to be part of Latin America’s first association of translation companies. It’s all possible because of the support of so many colleagues who saw this initiative as an opportunity to get involved and to work together to tackle common issues in this exceptional ecosystem.”
Charles Campbell, President of Translation Back Office, cold called over 45 translation companies in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay and e-mailed another 100 companies in order to canvas interest. “I have a no fear approach to cold calling and I must say I really enjoyed speaking to so many “friendly competitors” from all over Latin America and the Caribbean. Some of them got a bit of a fright when they picked up the phone but the idea of forming the association was universally and wholeheartedly embraced by all,” says Charles.
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