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Outstanding foreigner contributions awarded 2020 Shanghai Magnolia Memorial Award
By:Zheng Qian  |  From:english.eastday.com  |  2020-09-17 17:33

50 foreigners were awarded the 2020 Shanghai Magnolia Memorial Award on September 16 in recognition of their contributions to Shanghai.

Group photo of the winners of the 2020 Shanghai Magnolia Memorial Award .[Photo by Pan Jiandong]

Set up in 1989 by the Shanghai government, the Shanghai Magnolia Award is especially for foreigners dedicated to the city’s economy and social development as well as foreign exchanges.

This year’s winners are from 19 countries, covering fields of trade, finance, technology, education, culture, health and friendly exchanges. When the coronavirus pandemic broke out in China, they helped the Chinese to fight against the disease through methods like donating, cross-border procurement and making technological breakthroughs.

Lutz Frankholz, managing director of the TUV Rheinland (Shanghai) Company is one of the recipients. The company joined the Alibaba Charity Fund during the Spring Festival and provided free services for the inspection of medical material qualifications both in China and from overseas.

“After experiencing the outbreak of the pandemic in China and then the economic recovery, I have no regrets over my decision to move to Shanghai 8 years ago. Shanghai boasts a good business environment, first-class talent, strong government support and a harmonious international community. I believe Shanghai will continue to be prosperous,” said Frankholz.

Kazuto Daimon, president of YKK (China) Investment, is quite honored to be awarded.“When the pandemic broke out, the Shanghai government gave us lots of support in taxation relief to help us recover. Up to now, the revenue is expected to exceed that of the previous year, so I am confident with Shanghai’s economy,” said Daimon.

Andrew Wu, LVMH Group president of Greater China, said that being awarded encourages him to further build Shanghai’s fashion industry.“I learned from this awards ceremony that people from many other countries are making contributions to Shanghai. So I feel more of the importance of my own mission here in China,” said Yukio Arita, the executive director and president of the Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Company (China).

As Shanghai is comprehensively strengthening its core competitiveness, it provides a good opportunity and broad platform for foreigners’ career development. It is expected that the award winners will continue to enjoy the resources here and make good contributions to the city.