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2017 “Honorary Citizen of Shanghai” and “Magnolia Gold Award” Presentation Ceremony Held

    The Shanghai Municipal Government held a ceremony to award the honors of "Honorary Citizen of Shanghai" and "Magnolia Gold Award" on September 30, 2017. Larry Chan from the Philippines and David Garth Preston from South Africa received the title of "Honorary Citizen of Shanghai", and Robert Patrick Aspell of Canada and 10 others won the "Magnolia Gold Award". Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong presented the medals and certificates to the recipients and met with the two Honorary Citizens of Shanghai.

    In his meeting with the Honorary Citizens, Ying Yong expressed appreciation for their prominent contributions to Shanghais economic and social development and its ties with other countries and regions over the years. He said Shanghai is, in accordance with the strategic decisions made by the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, stepping up its advance toward an international economic, financial, trade and shipping center, a socialist modern international metropolis, a global science & technology innovation center and an outstanding global city. Shanghais largest advantage is opening up, said the mayor, who also called for a greater role by more foreign friends in the citys economic and social development and in its exchange and cooperation with the outside world.

    The 11 winners of the "Magnolia Gold Award", who are from Canada, Germany, Netherlands, France, Japan, UK, Ukraine and US, include executives in the economic, trade, manufacturing and service sectors and experts and scholars from the areas of science & technology, education and culture.

    Antonio Duarte, in his remarks on behalf of all the recipients of Magnolia Gold Award, said Shanghais inclusive, creative and innovative, highly efficient and convenient and optimizing ecological environment and its foreign talent policy are deeply attractive to them and offer them a broad arena. We would like to be "envoys" to promote Shanghai in the world and let more people like them to follow with interest and settle down in Shanghai, repay this charming city with experience and skills, and contribute more to its development.