China has become one
of the world's leading information technology powers, achieving
one of its Ninth Five-Year Plan (1996-2000) goals a year early.
The State Development Planning Commission (SDPC) is currently
drawing up the country's first ever "social information"
plan for the forthcoming 10th Five-Year Plan (2001-05), considered
a milestone in the country's information industry.
SDPC has been keeping a close eye on the development of the
SDPC is shifting its function from making plans for the IT industry
to following the development trends of the market.
In the past two years, the commission has researched a wide
range of products, including satellite mobile telecommunications,
telecommunications reform, software development strategies,
overseas postal systems and new types of computer screens.
The commission has also played a key role in making policies
for local mobile telecom regulations, reforming China's telecom
industry, developing VCD products and developing the software
SDPC is currently looking at putting support policies in place
to protect e-commerce.
SDPC has organized many important projects to deal with problems
which have been a barrier to the growth of China's IT industry.
Among these projects, localizing mobile telecom equipment services
and developing high-resolution televisions have had good feedback.
To help achieve the aims of the new policies in encouraging
software and integrated circuits development, SDPC said it would
promote the export of software products, introduce more venture
capital and promote building software parks.
Promoting cooperation with leading international powers is SDPC's
other important role.
It has set up links with Japanese counterparts and US mobile
telecom giant Motorola.
Under a recent Sino-Japanese agreement, bilateral cooperation
will last five years, and the Japanese Government has made an
offer of economic aid worth 2.5 billion yen (US$23.15 million)
to China's IT sector.
The two sides will jointly develop information system projects
in China, focusing on logistics, remote education, remote hospitals,
agricultural development and disaster prevention.
To improve management standards in State-owned enterprises,
SDPC and Motorola have kicked off a training project for personnel
in about a thousand firms over the next five years. To date,
347 companies have received training and six have now set up
modern management systems.
Some of these companies will become Motorola's local and global
(China Daily 11/06/2000)