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New Delhi, Oct. 18

THE southern region is estimated to have accounted for 61.8 per cent of the total exports of computer software and services in 2004-05, according to the Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC).

"In absolute terms, computer software and services export from the southern region is estimated to have grown to Rs 47,780 crore for 2004-05, against Rs 33,475 crore in 2003-04.

"This is an increase of 42.7 per cent compared to the previous year, while the national estimated growth rate of export of computer software and services is only 33.27 per cent for 2004-05," said Mr D. K. Sareen, Executive Director, ESC, in a statement.

According to ESC estimates, the contribution of Karnataka to the southern region stood at 58.18 per cent in 2004-05, while its contribution to the national total was close to 36 per cent.

Within the southern Region, Tamil Nadu occupied the second slot followed by Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Pondicherry.

The northern region occupied the second slot. "In absolute terms, the region's contribution was Rs 14,057 crore.

"This works out to 18.18 per cent of the total national export of computer software and services," Mr Sareen said.

The western region has been ranked as the third in the pecking order of regions in terms of its contribution to the national aggregate export of computer software and services, followed by the eastern region, ESC said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 19, 2005)
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