Since 1988, the Osaka City Government has promoted partnerships with other cities through the Business Partner Cities (BPC) program, forming an economic network in the dynamic Asian-Pacific region. The BPC is a new type of city partnership in the sense that each member's local government and economic organization plays a leading part in promoting economic exchanges at the private sector level.
Through this network, the BPC program aims to support globalization and revitalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Osaka, and to promote the mutual development of BPCs through economic exchanges.
Business Partner City (BPC) Roundtable (hereinafter collectively called Roundtable) is a precious opportunity in which representatives from Business Partner Cities (BPCs) come and join together every fiscal year.
Every time, the participants exchange their views and opinions about designated themes, and also discuss over action policies employed by BPC network such as selection of the host city for next Roundtable, at the same time make assessment and admission of candidates to be a new BPC member. In addition, there are BPC seminar, BPC luncheon, BPC welcome reception and BPC networking reception held in time with Roundtable with the aim of provision of the host city's information.
Osaka Business Partner City Council (BPC Council) was established in March 1988 with an aim to promote the internationalization and revitalization of small and medium enterprises in Osaka by establishing an international multipurpose network of economic exchanges through "business partner cities" network in which mutual cities (local governments and economic organizations) take leadership to promote economic exchange at the private level and hence deepening mutual prosperity, mutual understanding and friendship exchange.
On April 2003, BPC Council has achieved functional integration with Osaka International Business Promotion Center and the secretariat is now located at the Osaka International Business Promotion Center International Affairs Department (IBPC Osaka)