Where Shenzhen Meets the World
Shenzhen, a gateway to global opportunities
Exploration, Entrepreneurship, Empowerment
An emerging oriental city that is open, inclusive and innovative ​——Shenzhen

Shenzhen has grown from a remote border town into a global metropolis thanks to the pioneering spirit and insight ahead of her time, as well as generations' unremitting pursuit and selfless dedication. The development of Shenzhen is a distinctive practice and an amazing miniature of China's Reform and Opening-Up.

Today, Shenzhen is embracing the world as a modern, international and innovative city, bringing new opportunities to the world's innovation and sustainable development.

Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation

Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation (SFIEC) is one of the first non-public foundations in China that aim at promoting international exchange and cooperation and facilitating the internationalization of a city.

Since its establishment, SFIEC has carried out over 70 international exchange and cooperation activities and funded projects in 30 cities, 22 countries in 6 continents. The Foundation has facilitated more than 280 international activities, covering 8 key areas of economy & trade, technology, education, culture, art, environmental protection, sister cities, health & hygiene, from which more than 7,000 people directly benefited. It established diversified international communication platform for the non-profit organizations, think tanks, enterprises in Shenzhen.

Founding time​
December 2014
Nature of Organization
Foundation (Civil Society Organization)
Registered Capital
10 million yuan(From Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office Service Centre)
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​An information platform initiated by Shenzhen
To build a two-way window and online-to-offline interactive platform enabling international users to explore and understand Shenzhen as well as encouraging local Shenzhen residents to learn more about the world cities in an informative and fun way.

Operator: Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation

Supervisor: The Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipal People's Government

This project is funded by Shenzhen Special Fund for the Promotion and Development of Cultural undertakings.




Citizens in Shenzhen including expatriates

Visiting foreigners as well as government,organizations and citizens of Shenzhen's international friendship cities

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Shenzhen x Langcang-Mekong Initiative

Under the LMC framework and the supervision of Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office, SFIEC has been working on the "Shenzhen x Lancang-Mekong Initiative" since December 2017, comprising 4 initial projects: "Special Economic Zone Experience Sharing", "Mekong River Sunlight Villages", "Mekong River Brightness Action—Cataract Cure" and "Genetic Screening for Thalassemia and Deafness"

At present, this Initiative and related projects have received enormous attention and support from the LMC Secretariats of the six countries (China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam). Some of the projects were selected into the second-phase cooperation list issued at the second Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Leaders' Summit.

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Value Plus

Value Plus is the project co-initiated by the United Nations Development Program in China (UNDP), the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE), and the Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation (SFIEC) in 2019. It is going to build an innovation pilot zone in Shenzhen to explore possible solutions addressing the challenges faced by civil society organizations (CSOs) in the process of “Going Global”; through policy guidance, capacity building, and resource match-making initiatives, the project aims to enhance the capability of CSOs so that they can participate in international issues and global governance in a more professional and innovative way, be integrated into international cooperation and promote sustainable development, and effectively enhance the level of internationalization of Shenzhen. Meanwhile, by creating an appropriate and innovative ecosystem for international development cooperation, the project aims to provide a civil society dialogue platform between Shenzhen and the international community, facilitate capacity building of Chinese civil society to engage in global governance and to promote SDGs, and build an innovation and demonstration platform guiding CSOs to integrate into international development. 

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