Established by Dalian Municipal Government, Dalian Software Park Japan has been opened in Tokyo, marking the birth of China's first overseas software park.

More than 300 Chinese and Japanese guests attended the opening ceremony and over 40 companies have officially entered the software park.

Dai Yulin, vice mayor of Dalian, told local media last week that facing the worldwide financial crisis, many international companies have outsourced their traditional businesses to cut costs and raise efficiency, which brings development opportunities to the entire software and software outsourcing industry. In 2008, Dalian expects to make revenue of over CNY30 billion from the software and software outsourcing industries while its exports will be over USD1 billion. The opening of the Dalian Software Park Japan is an important measure of Dalian to assist small and medium enterprises in seeking new developments in the new economic situation.

Dai emphasizes that due to the geographical proximity and historical connection, Dalian has been maintaining a close relationship with Japan. At present, there are more than 3,800 Japanese companies in Dalian. These natural advantages will benefit Dalian's business development in Japan and that is why Dalian decided to build its first overseas software park in Japan.

As China's information technology outsourcing hub, Dalian is located in the northeast of China and was designated as one of the first software export bases and the first service outsourcing base in China in 1998. Over ten years' development, Dalian's software and software outsourcing industries attained an average growth rate of 68.2%. According to a survey conducted by market research firm IDC in 2007, Dalian is said to be a Chinese city with the greatest potential to become a global delivery destination, surpassing cities like Beijing and Shanghai.


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