The 2021 Awarding Ceremony of Zijin Friendship Ambassador of Nanjing Urban Internationalization was held on March 28 in Nanjing International Friendship Park. 12 international friends living in Nanjing that have been devoted in the city’s internationalization, including Miro Kolesar, Executive Vice President at Bank of Nanjing, Richard Antonie van Ostende, Chief Representative at NBSO China, Takeuchi Ryo, Japanese director, and WolfgangPeter Weinhold, CTO of AMT (Nanjing) were awarded with the honor.
This ceremony was guided by the Promotion Office of Nanjing Urban Internationalization, organized by the Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Commerce, the Foreign Affairs Office of Nanjing Municipal People’s Government, Jianye District People’s Government, and Jiangsu International Channel, and co-hosted by the Promotion Office of Jianye Urban Internationalization. Shen Jianrong, Vice Mayor of Nanjing and Director of the Promotion Office of Nanjing Urban Internationalization, attended the ceremony and presented letters of appointment to international friends.Mr. Ren Tong, Vice President of Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Tao Lei, Deputy Secretary General of Nanjing Municipal People’s Government and Deputy Director of Promotion Office of Nanjing Urban Internationalization, and Mr. Jiang Chen, Head? of Jianye District attended the event.
After the awarding ceremony, the guests visited the Nanjing Sister Cities Exhibition Hall located in the park. With an area of 1100 square meters, the exhibition hall has 7 showrooms such as Asia Hall, Europe Hall, America Hall, Oceania Hall and Africa Hall. It is home to nearly 170 gifts from sister cities of Nanjing. The guests said that the exhibition hall displays Nanjing's international friendly exchanges and cooperation in a vivid way.
"Today we have the chance to see the newly-opened Exhibition Hall of Friendship of Nanjing, I can understand Nanjing already has a global network of sister cities around the world." Miro Kolesar, Executive Vice President at Bank of Nanjing,shared with reporters after the visit.
After the visit, they went to the International Friendship Forest and planted metasequoia together, adding some fresh green color to the city of Nanjing.
Watered by the guests at home and abroad, ttrees representing international friendship were taking root in the land of Jinling. "Making Nanjing greener through joint efforts with international friends” -- this is just what the "Zijin Friendship Ambassador of Nanjing Urban Internationalization" recruitment activity hopes to convey.
Speaking about the future of international cooperation,Richard Antonie van Ostende,the Chief Representative at NBSO China said: "We planted the tree, it will grow and develop. The same thing is for the internationalization of Nanjing. We bring the people and enterprises together, together we grow together we develop, grow some beautiful flowers together."Japanese director Ryo Takeuchi wants to "let more Chinese people know about Japanese culture, and more Japanese people know about Chinese culture."
International cultural exchange is an important way to bring the Chinese culture to the international stage. In this event, the organizer also prepared wonderful intangible cultural heritages for the guests to experience, adding rubbing, traditional kite making and other attractive and inspiring cultural elements into the whole process of foreign cultural exchange.
Since last year, the Promotion Office of Nanjing Urban Internationalization has launched a campaign to appoint the "Zijin Friendship Ambassador of Nanjing Urban Internationalization" as an effort to further deepen foreigners’ understanding of Chinese culture and Nanjing's economic and social development, and to convey Nanjing’s determination to promote international cooperation to the international community. 24 international friends have been appointed as "Zijin Friendship Ambassador of Nanjing Urban Internationalization" so far.
In recent years, Nanjing has been improving its internationalization by expanding international cooperation, improving international services and telling more Nanjing stories to the world. So far, Nanjing has signed the Memorandum of Cooperation with 16 universities, and established 29 overseas collaborative innovation centers with 23 countries. Meanwhile, Nanjing introduced Brian Bay International Talent Community in China, and gradually improved the "one-stop" service platform for foreigners. What’s more, Nanjing has joined many international organizations and become the only international city in China that wins the title of "City of International Peace" and UNESCO’s "City of Literature".
Nanjing has made impressive progress in several city rankings in recent years.Nanjing is ranked 87th in the "World Cities List 2020" published by GaWC and 86th in the Global Cities Index 2020 (GCI) released by Kearney. Nanjing ranked sixth in the "City of Opportunity 2021" by PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC). Among the 10 indicators of PWC, Nanjing saw one score leap in "intellectual capital and innovation", ranking the third; the fourth in "transportation and urban planning"; and jumped an impressive 10 places to the number 5 spot in "sustainable development" by a large upswing.