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Monday, August 10 2020 - 15:27
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Xi'an sets up the "Mayor's Special Award" to encourage innovation and development of advanced manufacturing
XI'AN, China, Aug. 10, 2020 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/ --

On August 5, the award ceremony of the "Mayor's Special Award" that is designed 
to recognize outstanding contributions to the development of Xi'an was held in 
the city, according to Xi'an Municipal People's Government. The event named 20 
"Mayor's Special Award" winners and 30 "Mayor's Special Award Nominee Award" 
winners. Xi'an uses a grand ceremony to pay a tribute to the outstanding 
entrepreneurs who have made outstanding contributions to the economic and 
social development and construction.

Among the 50 entrepreneurs and teams named as winners are either advanced 
manufacturing companies such as BYD Company Ltd., Samsung (China) Semiconductor 
Co., Ltd., Shaanxi Fast Auto Drive Co., Ltd, or cultural and tourism 
enterprises like Datang Everbright City Management and Operation Team, Shaanxi 
Changhenge Performing Arts and Culture Co., Ltd. and others. It is worth noting 
that, as the president of Xi'an Janssen, a multinational pharmaceutical company 
that has rooted in Xi'an for 35 years, Asgar Rangoonwala, received this honor. 
He said in a later interview: "The development of Xi'an Janssen benefits from 
Xi'an's continuous optimization of investment services and business 
environment, which further strengthens Xi'an Janssen's confidence in taking 
root in Xi'an and serving China."

In the first half of this year, by advancing the economic and social 
development while conducting pandemic prevention and control, Xi'an ranks No. 1 
among China's sub-provincial cities in three major economic indicators 
including the GDP growth rate, the growth rate of industrial added value of 
large-scale enterprises, and the growth rate of fixed asset investment. This 
achievement owes to tens of thousands of companies and entrepreneurs in this 
city as well as its open and inclusive development philosophy.

Wang Hao, a member of the Standing Committee of CPC Shaanxi Provincial 
Committee and the Secretary of CPC Xi'an Municipal Committee, said that Xi'an 
will strive to create a first-class business environment, provide the most 
considerate, heartwarming, and sincere services, and establish a clear guiding 
principle of respecting, caring for and supporting entrepreneurs to allow them 
to have a sense of honor, be in a high social position, and get material 
benefits.

For a very long period in the history, Xi'an, an ancient city in western China, 
had always been China's commercial and trade center. It was also the center of 
the world economy before the Industrial Revolution. Time has changed over the 
past thousands of years, but this ancient city has always been full of vitality 
and maintained a strong momentum of development.

The "Mayor's Special Award" is a special award that was set up in this April by 
Xi'an in order to further encourage entrepreneurs, teams and individuals to 
focus on the advanced manufacturing industry and cultural tourism to build up a 
economically powerful city. The award can be applied for by a variety of 
enterprises such as industrial system constructors, innovation-driven 
companies, and those who attract large investment and run strong projects. It 
aims to serve the construction of Xi'an's modern industrial system and the 
national central city in China. Individuals and teams who won the "Mayor's 
Special Award" will receive a cash prize of CNY 500,000.

Source: Xi'an Municipal People's Government

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   Caption: On August 5, the award ceremony of the "Mayor's Special Award" that 
is designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the development of Xi'an 
was held in the city.