Ten foreigners receive Qianjiang Friendship Award

(safea.gov.cn) Updated: 2015-08-24

On August 19, the Hangzhou government gave the Qianjiang Friendship Award to ten foreign experts for extraordinary contributions to economic and social development. Mayor Zhang Hongming presented the awards and certificates to the winners. Wang Hong, municipal Party secretary-general announced the list of winners, and Guo Heyang, head of Hangzhou’s human resources and social security bureau hosted the ceremony. Local officials, foreign experts and company representatives were also present.

Ten foreigners receive Qianjiang Friendship Award

The Qianjiang Friendship Award is the top honor from the local government to foreign experts. It was established in 2012 and issued every other year, and only ten foreign experts can get the award each time. This year’s winners came from eight countries, including the US, the UK, France and Germany. They work in education management, biochemistry, information, energy, and manufacturing.

Ten foreigners receive Qianjiang Friendship Award

“You and your company have taken Hangzhou as your second home, and have always cared about the city’s development,” said Zhang Hongming. “You are the paragon of excellence among thousands of foreign experts in Hangzhou and a participant of Hangzhou’s economic and social development. You have built a bridge for Hangzhou to exchange and cooperate with the outside world.”

Ten foreigners receive Qianjiang Friendship Award

Zhang expressed his gratitude towards foreign experts and friends who have made contributions to Hangzhou. He hoped that foreign experts could spend their spare time experiencing Hangzhou and introducing it to the outside world. Zhang said that the city will take care to ensure foreign experts have no problems in work and life.

Hangzhou is vigorously using talent to boost city development. It has paid great attention to introducing foreign experts and has launched a series of talent introduction policies. This year 27 new regulations offer favorable terms for experts in permanent residency, education, medical treatment, housing and social security. Hangzhou has seen 87 scientific achievement awards above municipal level since 2011, thanks to the input of foreign experts. More than 4,000 new products have been developed, and added value from foreign experts has exceeded 11 billion yuan. More than 60,000 people have received training.

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