BEIJING, May 28 (Xinhuanet)-- The Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of
Understanding on China's Joining the Development Gateway Foundation & Press
Conference for Launching the China Development Gateway was held at the Press
Hall of the State Council Information Office on May 28.
Present at the
signing ceremony and press conference were President of the World Bank James D.
Wolfensohn, Chinese Minister of Finance Xiang Huaicheng, and Minister of the
State Council Information Office Zhao Qizheng.
The Development Gateway Foundation, initiated by the World Bank at the end of
2001, aims to reduce poverty and promote sustained development through applying
information network technology. Wolfensohn and Xiang signed the Memorandum of
Understanding on China's joining the Foundation as a founding member of its
Board. This will facilitate China's using network technology to enhance
international exchanges and cooperation.
Following the signing ceremony,
Wolfensohn and Zhao Qizheng clicked to open the China Development Gateway
(chinagate.com.cn). As an integral partner of the World Bank's Development
Gateway portal network, China Development Gateway was established by the China
Internet Information Center under the auspices of the Chinese Ministry of
Finance, State Council Information Office and the World Bank with cooperation
from organizations including the China International Publishing Group, China
Daily Online and Shanghai Universal Information Technology Co., Ltd. Its purpose
is to introduce China to the world, share experience on development efforts and
serve international cooperation.
Minister of Finance Xiang Huaicheng
said while addressing the meeting that China's joining the Development Gateway
Foundation and the launch of the China Development Gateway will contribute to
eliminating poverty, bridging the "digital divide" and promoting common
Minister of State Council Information Office Zhao Qizheng
urged the China Development Gateway to develop its own characteristics as a
window on China to the world.
World Bank President Wolfensohn said that
China's commitment to the Development Gateway Foundation and the launch of the
China Development Gateway are "major milestones." The website will help China
share knowledge and establish relations with the world -- serving not only
Chinese people but also people from around the world, Wolfensohn said.
More than 120 people including leaders of the Chinese ministries
concerned, journalists and representatives of international institutions in
Beijing attended the meeting. Enditem