Bangalore: Eight Indian cities are listed among the world's 25 riskiest places for offshoring, mainly on concerns like terrorism, pollution and geopolitical issues in the country, says a study by U.S. based Brown-Wilson Group. Of all the cities, the national capital region (NCR) comprising Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida has earned the dubious distinction of being the worst offshoring destination within the country, according to the survey published in the annual Black Book of Outsourcing, a publication considered as a major independent analysis and advisory research for the outsourcing players and investors globally.
The NCR is followed by Mumbai as the second riskiest offshoring hub within India, while Kolkata has been ranked as least risky in the country. The other domestic cities included in the list are Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune and Chandigarh. In the overall global list, NCR has been ranked as sixth most riskiest, Mumbai ninth, Chandigarh 15th, Pune 20th, Chennai 21st, Bangalore 23rd, Hyderabad 24th and Kolkata the 25th most riskiest in the world.
No Indian city could find a place on a separate list of 25 safest offshoring destinations. Both the lists have been published in the 2009 edition of the Black Book of Outsourcing, brought out every year by U.S.-based Brown-Wilson Group.
The rankings of safest and riskiest places are based on factors like high terrorist or rebel target threats, uncontrolled environment waste and pollution, corruption and organized crime, unstable currency, geopolitical conditions and unsecured networks and technology. In terms of terrorism threats, Mumbai has been put on top, followed by Delhi NCR and Jerusalem in Israel. Further, Delhi NCR has been ranked as the riskiest place when it comes to heightening trans-national and geopolitical concerns. Bangalore, another leading outsourcing destination in the country has been ranked as the riskiest place in terms of uncontrolled environmental waste and pollution.
Overall, Colombian city Bogota has been ranked as the riskiest place in the world, while Singapore has been named as the safest offshoring destination. India accounts for the maximum number of cities among the riskiest places, while China and Mexico lead the tally in the safest lists with three cities each. There is just one Chinese city, Dalian, among the riskiest places at 12th place.
In the list of safest places, Singapore is followed by Dublin (Ireland), Santiago (Chile), Krakow/Warsaw (Poland) and Toronto/Montreal (Canada) in the top five. The three Chinese cities - Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai - have been ranked as 9th, 22nd and 24th safest destinations respectively.