State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs

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State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA; Chinese: 国家外国专家局; pinyin: Guójiā Wàiguó Zhuānjiā Jú) is an administrative agency of the State Council of the People's Republic of China responsible for certifying foreign experts to provide expertise in mainland China.[1] Foreign experts can include people from all around the world, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan region in the fields of economy, technology, management, education, engineering, science, culture, healthcare. The foreign experts usually work in foreign invested joint-ventures, private industry, state-owned enterprises and key public construction projects.[2][3]

The agency is also responsible for organizing overseas training for Chinese technical and managerial professionals working in government departments, state-owned enterprises and government related entities.[4]

It is headquartered in Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing.[5] The current General Director is Zhang Jianguo.


The agency is organized according to the following structure:


  • General Administration office
  • Department of Regulations and Liaison
  • Department of Economic and Technological Experts
  • Department of Culture and Educational
  • Department of Overseas Training

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