Honorary Citizen of Singapore

The title of Honorary Citizen is a national award conferred by the Singapore government starting from 2003 to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of foreigners who have rendered extensive and valuable services to Singapore and its people, or who have made a significant impact in the areas of business, science and technology, information communications, education, health, arts and culture, sports, tourism, community services or security.

Award nominees are provided by people from various ministries and government agencies, and selected by a committee panel made up of high-level government officials. The final selections are then endorsed by Cabinet of Singapore. Recipients are conferred the Award in the following year of their nomination/selection. The Awards are presented at a formal ceremony by the President of Singapore at the Istana. [cite news|first=M.|last=Nirmala|title=Honorary citizenship for two who fueled S'pore's growth; Dutch and Briton to get highest-level govt award for petrochemical and biomedical efforts respectively|location=Singapore|publisher=Straits Times|date=2004-10-05]

Honorary Citizen is the highest form of national recognition for a non-Singaporean. It is conferred for life, including the right to live and work in Singapore for themselves as well as their immediate dependent family members, but unlike Singapore citizenship, they neither have voting rights, nor obligations to fulfill National Service. [cite news|last=Shing Huei|first=Peh|title=Two global talents to get Honorary Citizen Award; they will be honoured for contributions to S'pore's R&D and electronics sectors|location=Singapore|publisher=Straits Times|date=2005-12-29]

Honorary Citizens Awards 2003 [ [http://www.mom.gov.sg/publish/momportal/en/press_room/press_releases/2003/20031022-SingaporeHonoursContributionsOfTopGlobalTalentWithInauguralHonoraryCitizenAward.html Singapore honours contributions of Dr Sydney Brenner and Mr Pasquale Pistorio with inaugural Honorary Citizen award] ]
* Dr Sydney Brenner
** Distinguished Research Professor of the Salk Institute

* Mr Pasquale Pistorio
** Former President and CEO of STMicroelectronics

Honorary Citizens Awards 2004 [ [http://www.mom.gov.sg/publish/momportal/en/press_room/press_releases/2004/20041004-SingaporeHonoursContributionsFromTopGlobalTalent.html Singapore honours contributions from LSir Richard B Sykes and C van Wachem with prestigious Honorary Citizen Award] ]
* Sir Richard B Sykes
** Rector of Imperial College London

* Lodewijk Christiaan van Wachem
** Chairman of the Supervisory board of Royal Philips Electronic N.V.
** Chairman of the Board of Zurich Financial Services and Global Crossing.

Honorary Citizens Awards 2005 [ [http://www.mom.gov.sg/publish/momportal/en/press_room/press_releases/2005/20051228_SingaporeconfersprestigiousHonoraryCitizenAward.html Singapore Confers Prestigious Honorary Citizen Award on Dr Tsutomu Kanai and Dr Robert A Brown] ]
* Dr Tsutomu Kanai
** Chairman Emeritus of Hitachi, Ltd.

* Dr Robert A. Brown
** President of Boston University

Honorary Citizens Awards 2006 [ [http://www.mom.gov.sg/publish/momportal/en/press_room/press_releases/2007/20070301-Singapore_Confers_Prestigious_Honorary_Citizen_Award.html Singapore Confers Prestigious Honorary Citizen Award on Mr Lee R. Raymond and Dr Heinrich Von Pierer] ]
* Mr Lee Raymond
** Former Chairman and CEO, ExxonMobil Corporation

* Dr Heinrich von Pierer
** Former Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Siemens AG

Honorary Citizens Awards 2007 [ [http://www.mom.gov.sg/publish/momportal/en/press_room/press_releases/2008/20080829-HCA.html Singapore Confers Prestigious Honorary Citizen Award on Mr Ratan N. Tata and Tan Sri Frank Tsao] ]
* Mr Ratan Naval Tata
** Chairman of Tata Sons

* Tan Sri Frank Tsao Wen-King
** Senior Chairman of IMC Group


External links

* [http://www.a-star.edu.sg/a_star/189-Press-Release?iid=302 ASTAR - Press Release] - Fact sheet for honorary citizen of Singapore

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