China's First "Outsourced Service Demonstration Base" Designated to SIP
The only experimentation zone in China for "encouraging the growth of advanced technology service enterprises", officially designated last year, SIP was designated to be "demonstration base of outsourced service" jointly by Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Information Industry, and Ministry of Science and Technology on July 4, which, in the words of Vice-minister Ma Xiuhong of Commerce, "means SIP will be the first to experiment the further development of outsourced service."
Ms. Ma Xiuhong said, "The outsourced services, chiefly services with ITO, BPO, and other software and information technologies, are an important part of high-level service industries, and they are characterized by high technological contents, great added value, low consumption of resources, little environmental pollution, and ample employment opportunities, and are of great significance to the implementation of scientific approach to development, economic restructuring, and the transformation of economic growth mode in China."
Since the Ministry of Commerce began to launch a campaign last year to encourage outsourced service industries with preferential policies, SIP has been active in seeking international cooperation in outsourced service, and built up an initial scale in service industry based on the superior manufacturing industries and geographical advantage.
There are so far over 400 enterprises involved in outsourced service in SIP, of which over 200 are software enterprises, 65 R&D institutions, and 20 animation enterprises. 7 of the software enterprises have passed the CMMI authentication, and one of them was certified for the highest Grade-5 authentication. Annual turnover of software industry in SIP has exceeded 5 billion RMB, and outsourced software export has gone beyond USD 80 million, and the output value of animation industry over 500 million RMB.
Prior to the designation ceremony, Vice-minister Ma Xiuhong visited Suzhou Science Park, where she was shown to the exhibition hall and two software enterprises, Xinyu and Suzsoft. Ffounded only three years ago, Suzsoft has built partnerships with P&G, Boeing, Microsoft, and other well-known multinational corporations, and risen as the spokesman for Chinese outsourced software expert to Europe and America.
July 4, 2007