RosettaNet, PRC to Open China Affiliate

Some of the world’s biggest technology companies,
under the umbrella of the RosettaNet e-business
consortium , are taking a major step toward opening up the
People’s Republic of China through an
alliance with the country’s technology ministry.

On Wednesday, the RosettaNet members said they would promote adoption and implementation of
its e-business standards within China’s high technology
industry and multinational companies.

RosettaNet said the alliance builds on China’s
existing support for RosettaNet XML-based standards,
including combined government funding of more than
$51 million through 2003.

Representatives of RosettaNet board member companies include Amkor, Arrow, Cisco, IBM, Intel, HP, Microsoft, Motorola, National Semiconductor, NEC,
Oracle, Siemens, Sun Microsystems and webMethods. They joined representatives of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) at a signing ceremony
in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday morning to seal the
agreement.


MOST is a central government agency under the State
Council which is responsible for the nation’s
science and technology activities.


RosettaNet said the alliance, which will take form
as a RosettaNet China affiliate, would fuel economic
growth in China by enhancing trading partner
relationships and increasing e-commerce business
opportunities for technology companies. The
consortium said the adoption of its standards will
lead to improved operational efficiencies and lower
transaction costs.

“Working with RosettaNet is a crucial first step to
enhancing the high-tech industry’s e-commerce and
supply chain management processes,” said Li Wu
Qiang, deputy general director, Department of
High-Tech Development & Industrialization at MOST.
“We expect that our efforts to promote the
development and adoption of supply chain standards
throughout China will result in a more streamlined
trading network, allowing companies to become more
competitive within the global economy.”

The consortium said it will work with MOST and
representatives of the China Association for
Standardization (CAS) to form a new e-commerce and
e-logistic standard division in the coming weeks.
That division will sponsor and manage the
operational and implementation activities of
RosettaNet China.

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