by the City Government of Shanghai
Hon Kee Chong Li Kwong Wing was awarded the Magnolia Award by the City Government of Shanghai on Thursday 4th September 2014 for his valuable contributions to Shanghai’s development and for the promotion of friendly cooperation between Shanghai and Mauritius in the economic and cultural fields.
Shanghai’s robust growth over the past decades has benefited from the advice and hard work of its international friends whose contribution is being recognized through this Award by the people of Shanghai.
The Magnolia Award, named after the official city flower, is a municipal honour given to expatriates living in Shanghai and non-resident foreigners for their outstanding contribution to the city’s economic, social or cultural development.
This year 50 foreigners originating from 22 countries received the Award, of whom only 3 do not reside in Shanghai, namely an Austrian professor, a French educationist and Kee Chong Li Kwong Wing. Among the recipients who live and work in Shanghai, there were Chairmen or CEOs of Microsoft, Allianz, Mitsubishi, Alcatel-Lucent, EBay, McKinsey and General Motors.
This year is marked by the deep transformation of Shanghai’s economy driven by innovation and more particularly by the development of the Shanghai Financial Free Trade Zone. The Shanghai Municipal People’s Government hopes that the Magnolia Award will encourage the winners to continue to support Shanghai’s new round of development in the future.
Also known as the ‘Paris of the East’ and the ‘Queen of the Orient’, Shanghai is the largest city of the People’s Republic of China and the eighth largest city in the world. It is the world’s largest and busiest port in the world.
It is the largest base of industrial technology in the People’s Republic of China. The city has the largest bus system in the world. The Shanghai Maglev Train which connects the airport and the city is the fastest train in the world, reaching a maximum speed of 431 kmph. Shanghai is the most expensive city in China. There are more people living in the city of Shanghai (30 million) than in the whole of New Zealand.
* Published in print edition on 12 September 2014