IBM will help Jiangmen build a local
e-commerce platform and train e-commerce personnel.
GUANGZHOU, 20 July 2000 (Asia Pulse) - International Business
Machines Corp. (IBM) of the United States signed on July 19 an
e-commerce cooperative contract with the Jiangmen City
government of south China's Guangdong Province.
This is the first such contract IBM has signed with
local governments in China.
According to the contract, IBM will
help the city train e-commerce personnel, build a local
e-commerce platform, and familiarize local companies with the
The IBM project is part of the RISE program (Regional
Integration for Sustainable Economies), which was set up by the
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and Pacific Economic
Cooperation Council this May, aiming to accelerate local
agricultural and urban development worldwide.
IBM (China) CEO, Peter Jen, said IBM would like to use global
resources for China's economic growth.
IBM has already set up
eight joint ventures and two solely-funded companies in 11
Jiangmen, located in the western part of the Zhujiang
Delta, was selected as the first test city in the world for the
As a well-known ancestral home of overseas
Chinese, the city is listed in the fourth position among all
the Guangdong cities in terms of its economic strength.
Three-fourths of the city's 40 Internet Service
Providers and Internet Content Providers deal in e-commerce