The central city's information technology businesses earned VND3,200 billion (US$152 million) and an export turnover of $13.5 million last year, the director of the city's information and communication department, Pham Kim Son said yesterday.
At a seminar on the model of concentrated information technology for local provinces yesterday, he said the city planned to build a software park in the Da Phuoc urban area – the second software park in Da Nang – during the next five years.
"The city has developed Quang Trung software and Da Nang software parks as concentrated centres. We have invested around VND600 billion ($29 million) in the first stage of the enlargement project of the Da Nang software park over an area of 131ha so far," Son confirmed.
"We schedule to enlarge the Da Nang park to 340ha, which aims to attract more foreign investment in the future with developed information technology and infrastructure," he said.
Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Minh Hong said the seminar was an opportunity for local provinces to review current information technology in order to boost economic development.
"Local provinces should eye developing concentrated information centres, which will help draw more foreign investors in coming years. A good basis of advanced information technology will create competitive power for local businesses," Hong said.
He added that information technology would play an important role to help Viet Nam develop as an industrial country by 2020.
The Quang Trung and Da Nang software parks have attracted 140 information technology companies, of which over 50 per cent are domestic, with total 27,000 staff members.
The city will provide priority to software companies, including value-added tax exemption, and apply a 10 per cent income tax in 15 years.
Da Nang is one of the biggest cities, after Ha Noi and HCM City, developing concentrated information centres.