Exports of software and IT services from India to China have accounted for only 0.05% of total exports in the year ending 31 March 2002, according to the Delhi-based National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom).
India's software and services companies aim to change that this week at a one-day summit titled "India and China: Challenges and Opportunities for the IT sector," to coincide with the official visit to China by India's prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Nasscom expects Chinese government officials, business leaders from China's user industries and senior executives of IT companies in China to attend the summit, said Kiran Karnik, Nasscom's president.
Despite issues involving existing laws, the Chinese IT services market is lucrative, expected to reach $4.9bn (£2.9bn) this year, according to Dataquest figures. IT services revenue is forecasted to hit $8.9bn (£5.4bn) in 2006.
John Ribeiro writes for IDG News Service