LANZHOU, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- A total of 26 participants from 21 countries including Brazil, New Zealand and the United States attended the closing ceremony of the Gansu International Fellowship Program held Tuesday in the capital city of Lanzhou, northwest China's Gansu Province.
Held by the provincial government, the 50-day program, starting from Aug. 20, focused on China's overall development in areas such as the economy, society and culture, as well as its anti-poverty campaign.
Economic experts, scientists and sociologists from local universities and research institutes as well as government departments were invited to share their experience and give lectures.
During the program, all participants visited the Mogao Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Based on the culture courses, they exchanged ideas with local officials and experts.
"I was very impressed with the comprehensive structure planning being undertaken to turn Lanzhou and Gansu as a whole into a major hub of China," said Robert Love, a strategy and policy planner with Selwyn District Council, New Zealand, after his visit to the Lanzhou Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.
Philippe Dall'Agnol, a state attorney from Brazil, told Xinhua that China's poverty alleviation efforts and means of increasing production were particularly worth studying, adding that when he returns to Brazil, he will continue to be a messenger of peace and a bridge of friendship, to actively promote exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.
Since it was initiated in 506, a total of 509 participants from 62 countries have graduated from the program, making it an important platform for international exchanges and cooperation.