Twenty-three media officials from 14 developing countries, including nine at the ministerial level, gathered on Tuesday for a workshop in China.
"The developing countries have a majority of the world's population, but our voice is weak and has limited discursive power," Wang Chen, minister of China's State Council Information Office, said at a reception held on Tuesday evening to welcome participants to the workshop, which will run until Monday.
The Media Workshop for Information Ministers, being jointly held by the State Council Information Office and the Ministry of Commerce, which is in charge of foreign aid programs, is the first to specifically cater to information officials at the ministerial level.
The program is designed to enhance the exchange of information in the media sector, which, it is hoped, will further expand cooperation and jointly preserve the common interests of the developing world, Wang said.
On the first day of the gathering, the delegates spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and listened to a lecture on Chinese media delivered by Wang Zhongwei, deputy head of the State Council Information Office.
Throughout the rest of the workshop, they will visit major Chinese news agencies and TV stations, study rural development and attend seminars.
A.B. Wali, the Nigerian ambassador to China, said the workshop is another positive sign of China's vigorous commitment to the developing world.
China's own success at achieving a high level of literacy, as well as its citizens access to and use of information technology, will undoubtedly inspire other developing countries, Wali said.