Date
15 December 2017
Chris, one of the four foreign employees at Foshan's bureau of foreign trade, tries to learn Chinese from his colleagues at the office. Photo: Xkb.com
Chris, one of the four foreign employees at Foshan's bureau of foreign trade, tries to learn Chinese from his colleagues at the office. Photo: Xkb.com

Foshan government blazes path, hires foreign staff

The late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping once said it doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.

While he was talking about socialist and capitalist systems, his quote could also be applied to acquiring talent and technology from other countries.

Probably guided by this dictum, the southern city of Foshan has made a pioneering move to hire foreigners for the local government.

Its Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation has hired four foreigners this year as temporary workers, New Express reported on Wednesday. They are doing research work, coordinating with foreign chambers of commerce, and helping develop the bureau’s English website which will inform the public about important events, tourist activities and investment opportunities in the city.

Most of these duties require a good grasp of English and communication skills, which local staff may not be very interested in doing, the report said.

The foreign employees receive the same remuneration package given local staff, deputy bureau chief Yu Hongping was quoted as saying.

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