A successful team
Basel and Shanghai have discovered their common interests and are combining their strengths within the framework of a city partnership. Both partners are among the leading economic areas in their country; they are home to many very successful high-tech companies, especially in the field of life sciences, and to many distinguished research institutions. Also, both states offer a high standard of living, a rich cultural life as well as many tourist attractions.
Although there is a striking difference between the size of the two cities of Basel and Shanghai, there are noticeable similarities in their economic interests: Shanghai and Basel are two of the world’s most important centres for life sciences, have tremendous economic power, are regarded within their respective country as cultural metropolises, and are established centres of science and academic learning. These areas will also be the focus of the partnership.
After almost two years of preparation, Basel’s State Councillor Dr. Carlo Conti and deputy mayor TANG Dengjie signed a twinning agreement in Shanghai on November 19, 2007. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the cooperation between the two cities was drawn up for the years 2008 to 2010 and signed in Basel on April 4, 2008. On August 11, 2010, a new MoU was signed in Shanghai, recording the content of the cooperation for the years 2011 to 2013. On March 21, 2014, the third consecutive Memorandum of Understanding was signed for the period 2014-2016. Negotiated in 2013, the Memorandum sets out the core points for cooperation over the coming three years.
Specific projects and exchange programs in the areas of health care, education, business, and culture create a fruitful basis for developing a lively and broadly based partnership. See cooperations of the partnership