China News, 1/07/11
China's General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) recently released its first progress report on the government conversion to the use of strictly non-pirated software. According to the report, as of the end of 2010, 31 government offices, including the General Office of the State Council, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China (MIIT) had completed inspections and conversions to legal versions of software. In total the various government offices purchased 19,827 legal software packages (13,657 from foreign companies, 6,170 from Chinese companies), spending a total of RMB 22.1 mln (RMB 18.3 mln on foreign products, RMB 3.8 mln on domestic products). At the regional level, the municipal and district government offices in Qingdao, Shandong Province, were the first to complete the conversion, spending RMB 7.66 mln to acquire 15,278 sets of software.
Remaining government offices at the central, provincial, municipal and county levels will join the conversion program in two successive waves, with deadlines for completion set for the end of May and the end of October, 2011.