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Regulations on Wenzhou’s Honorary Citizens to be implemented
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The Regulations on Honorary Citizens of Wenzhou City will come into force on October 1 this year, which is learned from the press conference for its implementation.  This means that in Wenzhou, the honorary citizen title will be conferred under the rule of law on a regular basis

During the fourth session of the 13th Wenzhou Municipal People's Congress held in February last year, Mr. Zhang Yongqian and other 12 deputies to the Wenzhou Municipal People's Congress jointly submitted a bill on the formulation of the Regulations on Honorary Citizens of Wenzhou City. On the basis of the bill, the relevant committees and offices of the Standing Committee of the Municipal People's Congress conducted in-depth investigations and extensively solicited opinions. Then they adjusted the conditions of the title granting and the norms of related preferential treatment. The Regulations were voted through by this year's Wenzhou Municipal People's Congress, and then approved by the Standing Committee of the Zhejiang Provincial People's Congress. It was determined that the Regulations will come into effect on October 1.

The regulations consist of 16 articles, which stipulate the whole process of honorary citizen conferring, covering applicable objects, awarding conditions, procedures and ceremony, the norms of preferential treatment, related publicity, the termination of the title, etc.The regulations specify that the honorary citizen title will be conferred on foreigners, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan compatriots, overseas Chinese and other non-local residents who have made outstanding contributions to the economic and social development of Wenzhou. In the document, terms in eight aspects are proposed for obtaining the title, and it is made clear that the title is granted once every two years or in due time according to the needs.

It is worth mentioning that those who win the honorary citizen title can enjoy four preferential treatments: They will be invited to attend important conferences and events in Wenzhou City, be provided convenience for customs clearance upon their exit and entry through Wenzhou’s passenger transport port, and enjoy the relevant preferential treatments stipulated by Wenzhou City in medical security, children's education, public services and other aspects.

"Wenzhou’s local legislation for awarding honorary citizen titles is influential and attractive, which is related to Wenzhou's high-quality development." said Wang Xudong, Director of the Law Working Committee of the Standing Committee of the Wenzhou Municipal People's Congress. "The formulation of the regulations is conducive to expanding foreign exchanges and cooperation. By praising and encouraging non-locals who have made prominent contributions to its development, more people from outside the city can be attracted to participate in the Wenzhou's construction," Wang added.

It is reported that in April this year, the Wenzhou Municipal Government started formulating the Implementing Measures of the Regulations on Honorary Citizens of Wenzhou City. At present, the draft of the document has been formed and will be issued in the near future after being reviewed. In the next step, the city will establish a more effective mechanism for communication with its honorary citizens, and organize them to visit Wenzhou so that they can be timely informed of the city’s development trends, and provide suggestions or act as matchmakers for Wenzhou's development.

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