The Foreign Affairs Office of Anhui Provincial People's Government is set up in accordance with the notice of the general offices of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council on issuing the "Institutional Reform Plan of the People's Government of Anhui Province (Ting Zi  No. 3). The office, also authorized to use the name of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of Anhui Provincial People's Government, is a constituent department of the provincial government. The major functions of the office are as follows:
（I）to implement the national guiding principles, policies, laws and regulations on the work relating to foreign, Hong Kong, and Macao affairs, to organize the formulation of relevant work systems and supervise the implementation thereof, to investigate and study the general situation of the work relating to foreign, Hong Kong, and Macao affairs in the whole province, and to provide relevant information and work suggestions to the provincial Party committee and the provincial government;
（II）to coordinate and guide activities relating to foreign affairs and foreign friendly exchanges of the whole province, to undertake submitting for approval the work relating to foreign exchanges involving provincial leaders and to the establishment of international friendship cities in the whole province, and to carry out daily work of the office of the Foreign Affairs Leading Group of the CPC Anhui Provincial Committee;
（III）to administer in a centralized manner the work relating to officials going abroad on business and inviting foreigners to visit Anhui in the whole province, and to guide and administer bilateral visits on business between Anhui and Hong Kong, Macao;
（IV）to organize the reception of important foreign guests and personages of Hong Kong and Macao compatriots, to give guidance to the work of foreign protocol, and to handle donations from foreign governments, international friends, and Hong Kong and Macao compatriots;
（V）to administer the communication activities between Anhui and foreign embassies and consulates general, to jointly administer with relevant departments the activities of overseas non-governmental organizations in Anhui, to guide and coordinate relevant departments to deal with foreign-related emergencies and participate in handling foreign-related cases, and to administer in a centralized manner the news covering of overseas journalists in Anhui;
（VI）to undertake the work relating to foreign, Hong Kong and Macao affairs of the provincial Party committee and the provincial government, to coordinate the work relating to Hong Kong and Macao affairs of relevant departments and social organizations, and to protect, according to law, the legitimate rights and interests of Hong Kong and Macao compatriots in the province;
（VII）to undertake other tasks assigned by the provincial Party committee and the provincial government.