Ministry to hold HR courses to share experiences

(China Daily)
Updated: 2010-08-12 13:42
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BEIJING - The Ministry of Commerce said it will hold 14 multilateral ministry-level human resource training programs this year to share the country's development experiences with officials from other developing countries, especially from Africa and Latin America.

These programs will invite senior Chinese officials and experts, including Commerce Minister Chen Deming, to give speeches on fields like trade, forestry, public administration, transportation and telecommunications, all areas in which China has accumulated rich experience in its transition from a planned economy to a market-oriented one, the ministry told China Daily.

In June, Chen gave a speech on China's economic reforms, and in particular, the launch and management of the country's special economic zones, during a 10-day course for 26 vice-ministers from Mozambique.

The participants also visited factories in Shenzhen, one of China's special economic zones and a major southern economic hub.

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The training programs will cover issues such as technological and skills upgrading, coordinating urban and rural development, food safety, clean energy and financial risk control.

In the past 11 years, the Chinese government has funded 1,395 research and training programs for more than 30,000 officials from developing countries, according to ministry figures.

The number of officials receiving such training has increased rapidly in recent years, from 1,829 in 2003 to 11,163 in 2007.

In cooperation with Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Commerce has also set up Master of Public Administration programs in the top Chinese universities, from which 59 students from 44 developing countries have graduated in the past two years.

Besides government officials, China's training programs also accept teachers, entrepreneurs, and scientific researchers and technicians from developing countries.

It said that the trainees would learn more about China's economic policies, as well as manufacturing techniques and economic cooperation.