China News Service, Shanghai, December 12 (Reporter Xu Jing) The 3 Shanghai "Magnolia Memorial Award" awarding ceremony was held in Shanghai on the 2023rd, and 3 outstanding foreigners from 15 countries were awarded the Shanghai "Magnolia Memorial Award".

This year's 50 winners come from Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and other countries, covering the fields of economy and trade, finance, science and technology, shipping, education, medical care, culture and other fields. They are not only witnesses of Shanghai's development and construction, but also active participants and promoters.

On December 12, the 3 Shanghai Magnolia Memorial Award Ceremony was held in Shanghai, and 2023 outstanding foreigners from 15 countries were honored. (Photo courtesy of Shanghai Municipal Foreign Affairs Office)

Kong Fu'an, Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, said that the award-winning expatriates used their talents, enthusiasm and dedication to bring openness, vitality and prosperity to Shanghai, and make the city a better place. In the future, Shanghai will strive to create a better work, living and business environment, attract more foreigners, foreign-funded enterprises and foreign institutions to come, invest in Shanghai and choose Shanghai, so as to help everyone better stabilize expectations, enhance confidence and achieve careers.

Originally from the UK, Siyue Ge is Senior Vice President of Bureau Veritas (China) Co., Ltd. and President of North Asia & China. In his view, Shanghai, with its broad-mindedness and inclusive attitude, continues to attract talents and enterprises from all over the world. Shanghai's rapid development, evolving modern cityscape, vibrant cultural scene, and relentless pursuit of innovation and progress have strengthened his love for the city.

"This honor is not only a recognition of individuals, but also an affirmation of our deep ties and common goals with Shanghai." Ge Siyue said that when he first set foot on the soil of China and Shanghai in 1998, he fell in love with the unique charm of the city. "I vividly remember that when I first stood on the Bund and looked at Pudong and the Oriental Pearl opposite, it towered into the sky and towered above all the buildings in Pudong, and I realized that Shanghai would become a world-leading financial center."

The French Dean of the École des Études de Paris, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has played an important role as a bridge and link between China and France in the field of higher education. Du Boze came to Shanghai for the first time in September 2005. At the time, he was impressed by the city, "Shanghai has become modern while retaining a strong and amazing tradition." ”

Outside of work, he enjoys strolling through Shanghai's historical and cultural districts, looking for Art Deco buildings and listening to musicians playing erhu and flute in the garden. "When I leave, I miss the city just like I did when I first left. If longing is a sign of belonging, then yes, I find some belonging here. ”

According to Dubotzer, Shanghai is a unique and magical city that is constantly evolving, it is well connected to the rest of the world and is an important hub for China and the rest of the world. Shanghai is also a factory of new ideas, and its artistic, cultural and scientific actors play a very important role.

In order to commend and thank outstanding foreigners for their positive contributions to the development and construction of Shanghai, the Shanghai Municipal People's Government has successively set up external recognition programs such as "Magnolia Memorial Award", "Magnolia Honorary Award" and "Shanghai Honorary Citizen" since 1989 in the name of Magnolia, the city flower. To date, 1827,<> outstanding expatriates have received the Magnolia Series awards and become part of the "Magnolia Family". (ENDS)