RosettaNet opens China affiliate

RosettaNet opens China affiliate

RosettaNet, the e-business consortium of some of the world's largest technology companies, has announced an alliance to open China operations in partnership with the country's technology ministry.

The group on Wednesday said that its members would promote adoption and implementation of its e-business standards within China's high technology industry and multinational companies.

The consortium plans to build on Beijing's existing support for RosettaNet XML Web language standards.

RosettaNet board members include Cisco, IBM, Intel, HP, Microsoft, Motorola, National Semiconductor, NEC, Oracle, Siemens and Sun Microsystems. Representatives joined officials of China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) at a signing ceremony in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday morning.

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

The new company, a RosettaNet China affiliate, is expected to boost economic growth in China by enhancing trading partner relationships and increasing e-commerce business opportunities for technology companies.

"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, in a press release. "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."

RosettaNet added that it will work with MOST and representatives of the China Association for Standardization to form a new e-commerce and e-logistic standard division in the coming weeks. That division will oversee operational activities of RosettaNet China.