Dalian has already attracted a large number of international and local corporations to set up regional bases for Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services.
At the China International Software and Information Services Fair 2008 Dalian Mayor Xia Deren said, ‘By 2017 or 2018 we hope to be a peer with Silicon Valley. We are striving to be the No 1 software centre in both China and the world.’
In 2007, exports of software from Dalian exceeded $700 million in Dalian. It has a workforce of 60,000 people and is home to nearly 700 IT/BPO enterprises.
50 multinationals have set up software R&D and service institutions, a feat not achieved by any other Chinese city.
It holds a unique position as the only software outsourcing international model city in China, where according to research agency IDC, the IT market is estimated to cross over US$150 billion in 2008 and US$200 billion in 2010.
Further pushing the case is ‘Dalian Tiandi Software Hub’, a mega IT park.
The hub, spread over an area of 26.5 sq km, will see see an investment of $2.5 billion and the first office building is expected to open in December 2009.
Our illustration shows the future IBM buildings in Dalian Software Park.
Source: NorthEast Network