On 29 September, Armando Soldaini receives the Great Wall Friendship Award.
The awards ceremony was held as part of the celebrations organized for the recurrence of the foundation of the PRC on October 1.
The award is given every three years to the foreign consultant who has contributed to the development of the city of Beijing. The awards were presented to:
Prof. Dr. Shahbaz KHAN – Director and representative, Unesco Office Ph.D. Hsiao Wuen HON – Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Asia Pacific
Robert BORNSTEIN – Air Pollution Meteorologist, Department of Meteorology San Jose, California
Ph. D. Hua GUO – Vice President / CTO, Guodian New Energy Technology Research Institute
Cedric AMMANN – China Vice President, Carrefour North-West Territory
Dr. Guido KULCHELMEISTER – Kulchelmaister Consult Sustainable natural resource management
PH. D. Chung King LAW – Director of Center for Combustion Energy, Tsinghua University – Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Jia LU – NCPA Artistic Director and Music Director
Md. Pharm. D. Ph.D. Alfred O. MUECK – Honorary Director, Beijing OB / GYN Hospital
Armando SOLDAINI – Chairman, RomExpo International Consulting
At the ceremony took part: Jining CHEN – Acting Mayor of Beijing Gong ZHANG – Executive Vice Mayor of Beijing Huimin ZHAO – Leader of Foreign Affairs Office of the Beijing Municipal Government
Shixin LI – Deputy Director – General of the Organization Department or COC Beijing Municipal Committee
Xi XU – Director – General of the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau of the Beijing Municipal Government
Zhiyong GAO – Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Beijing Municipal Government
For the first time, an Italian was awarded the important recognition. This is recognized as the “official friend of the city” with the consequent automatic green card right and the status of honorary citizen of the Chinese capital.
The award ceremony was followed by a banquet attended by Chinese winners and dignitaries.