BUSINESS LEADERS TO INTERN
IN SHANGHAI UNDER NEW AGREEMENT
Photos by Deputy Director, Darlene
Chiu, Mayor's Office
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
November 29, 2005 1:00 p.m.
SHANGHAI, China - On Tuesday, Mayor Newsom joined Senator
Dianne Feinstein, James Fang and other members of the San Francisco
Shanghai Sister City Committee to announce an expansion of the
Business Management Practices (BMP) program at a reunion luncheon
Started in the 1980's by then-Mayor Feinstein and then-Mayor
of Shanghai, Wang Dao Han, the program was designed to expose
up-and-coming government and business professionals from Shanghai
to best management practices in the U.S. through education and
internships at Bay Area companies.
The program has been very successful, graduating nearly one hundred
students, many of whom have gone on to high level corporate and
government positions in Shanghai and throughout China.
Today's announcement builds upon the success of the BMP program
by bringing a new twist to the program: For the first time, the
2006 BMP program will place San Francisco professionals in internships
in Shanghai-based companies.
This "reverse exchange" is a testament to the emergence
of innovative practices at Chinese companies and a recognition
that the U.S. can learn from Chinese companies as well as the
Mayor Newsom said, "This is a true collaboration between
two cities on the forefront of innovation, where business people
can learn from each other in new ways. I am proud that San Francisco
will now be sending our best and brightest in the business community
to Shanghai in order to build new relationships, exchange best
practices, and improve our competitiveness in this global business
The BMP program is privately funded through donations to the
San Francisco Shanghai Sister City Committee.
Today's lunch was the reunion of 39 alumni from the program,
who are currently working in diverse fields all over Shanghai.