深圳市政府外办主任曹赛先荣获巴西政府里约·布兰科奖 Director General Cao Saixian Was Awarded the Order of Rio Branco By the Brazilian Government
On February 15th, Frederico S. Duque Estrada Meyer, Consul General of Brazil in Guangzhou, held an awarding ceremony on behalf of the Brazilian government at his residence to confer the medal and certificate of the Order of Rio Branco on Director General Cao Saixian.
The Order of Rio Branco is named after Baron Rio Branco, the founder of Brazilian diplomacy, and was established by Decree No. 51697 of 1963 of the then President of Brazil, João Goulart. The Order is a medal of honor by the Brazilian government that intends to reward Brazilian or foreign individuals for their meritorious services and civic virtues. This is the first Shenzhen individual to receive this award.
In his speech to present the award, Consul General Meyer said that in view of the tireless efforts and extraordinary contribution by Director General Cao Saixian in promoting friendship and cooperation between Shenzhen and Brazil, the President of Brazil awarded Director General Cao Saixian the Order of Rio Branco in the rank of officers. Shenzhen, as a center of science and technology innovation, has maintained close cooperation with Brazil. Shenzhen companies such as Huawei, ZTE, BYD and Tencent have invested in Brazil, making contributions to the country's infrastructure development and promoting the digitalization of local government and public institutions. Last year, Shenzhen and Rio de Janeiro became friendship cities, and the two cities will cooperate more in trade and investment, culture and tourism, urban planning and intelligent management. Brazil is grateful for the donation of masks and other personal protective equipment by Shenzhen to its Brazilian friendship cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Consulate General in Guangzhou hopes that it will continue working with Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office to promote and deepen cooperation between the two sides.
In her acceptance speech, Director General Cao Saixian said that it is a privilege to receive this significant honor, which is not only a personal praise, but also a high recognition of friendly exchanges and cooperation between Shenzhen and Brazil in recent years. This honor belongs to all the institutions and colleagues who are part ofthe exchanges and cooperation between Shenzhen and Brazil. China and Brazil are major developing countries and important emerging markets with global influence. The two nations are Comprehensive Strategic Partners with extensive common interests and shared development responsibilities. In recent years, Shenzhen and Brazil have carried out rich exchanges and cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, science and technology, vocational education, as well as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to Mr. Meyer’s strong support, Shenzhen signed a memorandum of friendship and cooperation with Rio de Janeiro in August last year. Looking ahead, Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office is willing to work hand in hand with the Consulate General of Brazil in Guangzhou to deepen friendly exchanges between Shenzhen and Brazil in various areas, promote bilateral cooperation, and make contribution to elevating the China-Brazil Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to a higher level for the well-being of both countries and peoples.
Tang Jin, Deputy DirectorGeneral of CPPIT Shenzhen, and Zhong Jiajun, Deputy Director General of Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office, also attended the award ceremony.Consul General Meyer received interviews by Shenzhen TV and Shenzhen Daily.