‘Shanghai hires three ‘one-dollar’ officials

THE government of the Xuhui district of Shanghai announced last Sunday the employment of three senior professionals in the field of international business as “officials with a US$1 (RM3.80) annual salary,” which is common in developed countries. 

This was the first time “one-dollar officials” emerged in the city.  

The three part-time experts will work for the government for a year.  

They have their own offices in the foreign trade and capital invitation departments of the district. 

They decide the work style by themselves, such as irregular visits to offices or work by Internet, telephone or letters. 

They are responsible for making suggestions regarding the district government's work, helping to attract foreign funds, developing related sectors and participating in work entrusted by the government.  

The employment of “one-dollar officials” is a practice in the government departments of developed countries, most of the employed being senior professionals.  

The salary of US$1 is symbolic, a title indicating experience and social status and providing a channel for serving the public.  

While for government departments, these senior professionals could bring fresh ideas and help settle some problems at work.  

The three one-dollar officials are all graduates from Harvard or Yale with master or doctoral degrees who have been engaged in international business for many years. – People's Daily  

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