On November 29, the Awarding Ceremonies of Xi'an Friendship Award and Xi'an Outstanding Foreign Experts Award are held. The two awards are Xi'an highest level awards to foreign experts.
Fifteen foreign experts are awarded. They have contributed a lot to the economic and social development in Xi'an.
Shangguan Jiqing, mayor of Xi'an gives his speech. He says that Xi'an is in a golden era of development, as many policy opportunities and advantages have boomed.
The city is regarded as the new starting point of the modern Silk Road, the hub opening to central Asia, the trial zone for innovative reform and a newly built free trade zone. To achieve further goals of development, Xi'an has realized the importance of talents and professionals and appreciated the role of foreign experts in its development.
Shangguan Jiqiang says that in the future, Xi'an will continue to put priority on serving talents and professional. He expects that foreign experts could participate in the development of Xi'an. More foreign experts and friends are welcomed. Xi'an aims to seek for wider cooperation and greater development together with foreign experts.