Foreign Experts Advisory Committee





Executive summary

Foreign Experts Advisory Committee (FEAC) is a network headed by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA). FEAC helps SAFEA present foreign expert’s recommendation to the central leadership. The work plan for 2013 illustrates objectives of FEAC in 2013 -- production of 12 recommendations and strengthening the capacity of FEAC itself to serve its sustainable development. The activities in relation to objectives are arranged in Part III implementation. SAFEA will provide financial supports to the operation of FEAC according to the rules and financial policies concerned.


I. Introduction

On December 10th, 2012, SAFEA initiated in a meeting it held for foreign experts under the Recruitment Program of Foreign Experts, to establish a Foreign Experts Advisory Committee (FEAC) during the period of 2012 Conference on International Exchange of Professionals in Shenzhen. FEAC is designed as a network to facilitate foreign experts recommendations on China’s social and economic development to the central leadership. The initiative was welcomed by foreign experts participating in the meeting. SAFEA has set up an executive office (EO) accordingly to backup this initiative.

SAFEA’s initiative comes out of a proposal Mr. John L. Thornton (Brookings Institution) made to the Premier Wen Jiabao in 2012. Premier Wen accepted his proposal with appreciation and instructed SAFEA to take follow-up actions seeking for recommendations of foreign experts on regular basis. To carry out the assignment, SAFEA worked together with foreign experts working in China in 2012 and produced 8 recommendations to the central leadership.

Recognizing the importance of contribution made by foreign experts, and in order to better facilitate mission of FEAC, SAFEA has put FEAC development as one of its priorities in its 2013 work plan. EO prepared a draft FEAC work plan for 2013 accordingly. SAFEA would like to see if this work plan is feasible and agreeable to foreign experts involved in this process.

FEAC work plan for 2013 (draft) focuses on quality recommendations and capacity building of FEAC.


II. Objectives

In the year 2013, FEAC is expected to fulfill its objectives of producing 12 quality recommendations and enhancing its capacity.

    a. 12 quality recommendations

        Based on successful experience obtained in 2012 and the approval of the State Council, FEAC is expected to identify topics for recommendation purpose and present 12 recommendations on regular basis to the central leadership during the year 2013.

        i. Topics. EO has presented 6 topics and published them in the cyber community based on its understanding of the major concerns of the central leadership over national social and economic development. The topics presented by EO will work as a guideline for FEAC in developing specific proposals. More topics are required to come up with by foreign experts in accordance with their interests and field experience in China (Professor Santosh Madhava Warrierhas proposed a new topic). FEAC encourages all the foreign experts concerned to extend spectrum of the topics and develop specific proposals. Related activities will be organized.

        ii. Production of recommendations 12 recommendations are planned for 2013. Economic and social issues are priorities. The recommendations should be of high quality and be innovative and operational. In order to meet the requirements, proposed recommendations should be well prepared with sound consultation and evaluation by FEAC. Consultation with Chinese experts/agencies will be indispensable. FEAC should make sure that each recommendation will be presented on time. To that end, a working schedule is needed.

        iii. Working groups (WGs)  Once a proposal for recommendation is chosen by EO, a WG should be set up and activities arranged.  The expert who initiates the proposal will be the group leader and the writer.  Chinese and foreign experts and researchers from SAFEA will participate in WG’s activities.

    b. FEAC capacity

        i. FEAC strategy. From a long run prospective, FEAC strategy should be constantly improved and bring the role of foreign experts into full play in China’s domestic development and international communication through their proposals and recommendations. FEAC therefore should take the matter of its capacity building as a priority and develop a strategic plan. Discussions will be opened in the cyber community and meetings will be organized.

        ii. Cyber community. The cyber community is a virtual forum that is still being experimented. All participants should consider how the cyber community meets the needs of FEAC mission and how it should be upgraded. Discussed should be conducted in relevant meetings.


III. Implementation

Following actions are to take for fulfilling the objectives

    i. EO will call on 2 meetings with senior advisors to review the progress and discuss strategic issues. The meetings are to be held in first half and second half of the year.

    ii. 2 WG meetings will be held for each of the 12 recommendations. Timing and location of WG meetings will be coordinated by EO with its consultation with the heads of WGs. Generally, WG meetings will be finished within one month so as to make sure the recommendation will be presented on time.

    iii. Consultation with Chinese experts/agencies should be made. When necessary, Chinese experts/representatives of agencies concerned will be invited to WG meetings to help evaluate proposed recommendations.

    iv. Consultation on Cyber community development will be made in the meetings called on by EO and through virtue forum.


IV. Appendix

    a. FEAC Work Program for 2013

    b. Proposed FEAC Operation Rules

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