Plans for a national outsourcing service center were officially unveiled in western China’s Chongqing municipality by the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Xinhua reported. Chongqing vice mayor Zhou Mubing said the city’s solid manufacturing base, information infrastructure and supply of professionals made the city confident of the success of the center. IBM and HP already operate from the city, and it is expected to attract more well-known software developers over the next two years to establish centers for software development, information service outsourcing and data processing. The sector is expected to be worth US$7.33 billion (RMB50 billon) a year. The city aims to house 100,000 IT professionals by 2012 and it expects its software outsourcing sector to be worth US$5 billion.

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