Memorandum of Understanding

The city partnership of Basel and Shanghai is based on a partnership contract that was signed in Shanghai on the 19th November 2007. For a period of three years in each case, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) defines the more specific goals of the cooperation, which have been agreed in advance. The agreed goals will thereby be implemented by both partners as far as possible, although the activities that are actually carried out are not exclusively limited to the contents of the MoU.

Up until now, three MoUs have been signed for the periods 2008 to 2010, 2011 to 2013 and 2014 to 2016; The MoUs deal with the following areas: the maintenance of official relationships and the promotion and realisation of cooperation projects in the areas of the economy, life sciences, health care, education, research, urban planning and development, location marketing, media work, tourism and culture. The current MoU for the period 2014 to 2016 was signed on March 21, 2014. Among our well-established initiatives are the China Business Platform (CBP) and the Confucius Institute at the University of Basel (CIUB), which both opened in 2013. On top of this, new priorities in the fields of advanced medicine, the economy, logistics, education, science and cultural / location marketing are in planning or have already been implemented.

The wishes and interests of stakeholders are welcomed, and will be integrated into the next MoU wherever possible. Do not hesitate to contact Florian Eggli, Head Marketing-Cooperations, Tel. 061 267 40 86,