First-Rate Think Tank: The Advisory Board
The canton of Basel-Stadt has started strategic cooperations with three excellent international partners: the Chinese metropolis Shanghai, the state of Massachusetts, one of the most important centres of research and education in the USA and the american cultural capital Miami Beach. All the projects of these partnerships are approved by the advisory board, bringing together 20 experts in the fields of economy, science, education, trade associations, administration, tourism and the arts.
With the finger on the pulse of Basel’s needs
For Basel, successful cooperation consists means a varied and vibrant network of encounters and projects. The government acts as motor and catalyst, acting on behalf of the private institutions and enterprises. Ultimately, it is the private players that drive any cooperation forward and make it profitable for their field, be it economy or the arts, politics or marketing, research or education.
A top-class advisory board
The advisory board consists of prominent representatives of the most important players in the Basel area and keeps the ties beteen the government and all private protagonists close. It acts as a sounding board and test laboratory for all international cooperations, and adds new impulses for innovative ideas and projects, so that the aims of the partnership remain in focus. The advisory board met for the first time in January 2009, and the members will hold sessions on a regular basis. The meetings are hosted by President Guy Morin.
Stakeholders determine the strategic approach
The advisory board determines the strategic approach and the main fields of all international cooperations of the canton of Basel-Stadt. In a survey carried out in 2007, 18 decision makers in Basel – all of them members of the advisory board – were asked what they think about international cooperatoin in general, and about Basel’s partners Massachusetts and Shanghai in particular. The informants saw great potential in research, life sciences and the arts. Also, they appreciated the fact that both Massachusetts and Shanghai are active in similar economic sectors, such as life sciences and logistics.
The focus of the Basel’s new city partnership with Miami Beach is on the interests of both sides in culture, tourism, economic development and education.
Members of the advisory board