Free Phone Cards for Shenzhen Citizens
Shenzhen, China’s first Special Economic Zone will be giving away 15 million telephone cards worth 1.5 billion yuan ($221 million) to its citizens as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the establishment of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.
According to a report by Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, the municipal government announced Thursday last week that every Shenzhen citizen will receive a calling card worth 100 yuan ($15) this year.
Wang Yi, secretary of the municipal Party Committee, said that the free phone cards encourage citizens to share happiness toward their city’s development with others and are worth keeping.
Municipal government has encouraged employees to take paid leave on August 27. The government leaders will also visit and invite senior residents who contributed to the early city development to attend celebration activities. Poverty-stricken citizens will be visited and invited as well.
Shenzhen ranked fourth in GDP among mainland China cities in 2009. It was once a small fishing village and was made into China’s first Special Economic Zone in 1980.