New Chinese Ministry To Sponsor First Internet Trade Show
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China's newly formed Ministry of Information Industry (MII) will co-host its first major trade show, ChinaInet/Internet World '99, from May 18-20.
MII oversees China's information technology, telecommunication, and software industries and provides research, industrial strategy, policy guidance and overall planning facilities to these sectors.
The former chief of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Wu Jichuan, heads the MII, which currently has around 320 employees in 13 functional bureaus.
According to Jie, the conference will have 3,000 participants and 20,000 people are expected to attend the exhibition.
Jie estimated that 100 companies would participate with around two thirds coming from foreign countries.
"The show will be the largest pure Internet business to business event ever held in China," said Jie.
A Penton spokesperson said, "we expect Internet World China to become one of our largest international trade shows."