Indus News

On Pakistan TV!

I was on Indus News a few times, mostly thanks to Skype video interviews.
I tried to provide the online clips, all on YouTube. Mostly my part is in the second half, so wind forward!
Indus news is the first international news channel of Pakistan.
See a few pics:

Website: https://indus.news/
Twitter: @indusdotnews

Follow some details of the recent interviews.

Climate change

Show on 30 September 2019 in which we shall be discussing, how Pakistan is being impacted by climate change keeping in view the melting glaciers and other. We will also discuss what the role is being played by Pakistan and how much more needs to be done for this region and how the onus lies with the developed world to do more.

We refer to the report that was written by the Global Commission on Adaptation – a group of political and business leaders led by former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, which was tasked with “raising the visibility of climate adaptation on the global agenda” ahead of the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Sept. 23. Also states that investing $1.8 trillion between 2020 and 2030 in projects to help communities adapt to the worsening impacts of climate change could yield $7.1 trillion in economic benefits, according to a report released on Tuesday by a high-level international commission.

The clip
Indus Special with Meshal Malik | Islamophobia: A Global Threat? | Climate Change | Ep 225

Importance of Trade

Show on 17 September 2019 in which we shall be discussing:
How important is trade for any struggling economy? What important role exports can play? What a country should do to strengthen its economic side?
Also, what important role can individuals play by the government support?
Our main area of debate will be on the importance of local productions and its exports.
Meshal Malik is the show host.
The clip:

Indus Special with Meshal Malik | The Impact of Trade | Ep 216

My notes (not edited)

China as example: achievements in 40 years. From Medieval underdeveloped country to a world power. The factory of the world! Why did other countries not succeed as much?
Exports generate foreign currency, increase productivity, elevate the technological level of the industry.
The secret? Exports combined with technology transfer from the West, to produce more, and more added-value goods, hi-tech, good quality, fast production and logistics, building a massive supply chain to serve the manufacturing industry.
Requires:

  • government support to develop transport and logistics
  • top quality telecommunications, energy and water supplies
  • fiscal advantages – reasonable taxation
  • speed and quality
  • private initiative encouraged (reduce unneeded bureaucracy)
  • good communication with clients
  • go away from labor-intensive industries that also demand a lot of energy and water
  • avoid environmental problems
  • good pool of labor, bothe blue collar and white collar
  • avoid poor labor protection but also avoid stifling bureaucracy
  • own technology development

TikTok

Show on 4 November 2019 in which we shall be discussing:
The U.S. government has launched a national security review of the Chinese based social media app, TikTok and its owner, Chinese tech company ByteDance.. We take a closer look and discuss the impact the US China rivalry is having on technological development and try to understand the role of big data in the competition amongst the world powers.
Meshal Malik is the show host.

The clip:
Indus Special with Meshal Malik – Twitter’s Ban on Political Ads – TikTok Under Investigation – EP 250

The importance of funding in the education sector

Show on 11 November 2019 in which we shall be discussing:
With estimations showing that more than 260 million children out of school globally, what role does international funding play in supporting developing countries and their students attain education and become able enough to compete in the global market. We also look at displaced and refugee children and what needs to be done to improve their chances of education.
What happens to long-term development when countries reduce education budgets or do not invest enough in education?
How can global market needs be met by local educational institutions? (in a globalized world where an individual must be prepared to be a part of a global workforce)
Why are donors and why is international funding important for the education sector?
Meshal Malik is the host.

The clip:
Indus Special with Meshal Malik – Global Educational Attainment – Ep 255 – Indus News

Touch Beijing

Gilbert on Touch Beijing

First of all more about the program. Touch Beijing is Radio Beijing international’s flagship news and current affairs program. It’s an English language show, which broadcasts live every weekday between 5-6pm from the studios on Jianguomenwai Dajie in Beijing. People in Beijing can tune into the show on 92.3FM and 774AM, but they also broadcast to listeners around the world through the website (http://www.am774.com/) and various radio apps. Each day they invite different guests to join in the studio for an interview, either about a specific topic or their own experiences.

Not the first time

Many years ago I was regularly interviewed on the radio by my friend Bruce Connolly, mostly about the Olympics. Bruce is also a regular at our Monthly Old China Hands Lunch. But I was never in the studio, Bruce always interviewed me on the phone.

The interview

This time, Gilbert on Touch Beijing, was in the studio in the late afternoon of 13 November 2019.

See the pics, it was a fun interview. My hosts were Kat (UK) and Bryan (Beijing). Someone took pictures during the interview which proves it is better to have audio than video…
You can listen, skipping the first 30 minutes of the program:

All recordings: https://mobile.tingtingfm.com/v3/vod/2/2d9esYjxNd
Gilbert: https://mobile.tingtingfm.com/v3/vod/2/Oo5psb0lYd

The questions

See here some of the questions (edited) I received beforehand. Pretty much “the usual”.

  • What was it that first brought you to China?
  • Before you came to China in 1980, what did you know about the country?
  • You originally came to China with a Belgian group to help build a power plant. You then worked on a number of large scale projects (such as the Shanghai metro) and you set up your own company – Beijing Global Strategy Consulting Company. But perhaps the highest profile project you worked on was the preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. How did you become involved in that? What did your job entail?
  • I read in an interview that you never intended to stay in China forever, but you’ve now been here for over three decades (and have a coveted Chinese Green Card). What is it about China that has kept you here for all these years?
  • We could dedicate a whole show to the question “how much has changed since you first arrived in Beijing.” But are there any changes that have particularly surprised/impressed you during that time?
  • As if all of this hadn’t kept you busy enough – you’re also a marathon runner, a cyclist and a published author of two very different kinds of books – “Toxic Capitalism” deals with environmental issues, and “Laugh and Get Wiser” is a joke book! What are your plans for the year of the rat?

BRITF visited Paris and Minsk

Going abroad

This year delegations of BRITF visited Paris and Minsk.

Paris in April and July 2019

I could not attend myself but Sun Bin took part. Our experts Jean Marsac and Martine Garreau from Paris joined, along with others.
See pictures of the 6 April and 18 July visits.

See the official statement for the 6 April 2019 visit: 190406Paris

Minsk, Belarus

The Ministry of Health of Belarus hosted the “One Belt and One Road International Medical Higher Education and Industry Development Forum” hosted by the Belarusian National Medical University. The French expert team led the group of European domestic medicines to gather in Minsk on 21 October 2019. Our experts Jean Marsac and Martine Garreau from Paris joined. Yan Fei from Beijing represented UWEE.

 

The forum defined three cooperation directions, through the signing of the cooperation and the relevant agreement by SDU-ZB Biomedical R&D Institute, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lincoln University College, MAHSA University, Paris Descartes University, Paris Sorbonne, and Belarusian State Medical University, We will open joint education programs in the cooperative colleges and universities, joint development of pre-master degree and doctoral talents. Chinese TCM enterprises will set up TCM centers in various countries.

For the official announcement and more pictures: 191021UWEEMinsk

BRITF setup and experts

Setting up our team of experts

More here about the BRITF setup and experts (See here about BRITF), we had several meetings where experts were added to our team.
Dates were 4 January, 19 March and 11 September 2019.
The names mentioned are not the complete list as other Chinese and foreign experts have been appointed on several occasions, such as in Paris and other cities.

4 January 2019

Most of the meetings take place in the UWEE offices, near the beautiful Xishuku Cathedral.
See the program. Every expert made a speech to comment on his added value.
At the inauguration ceremony, Gilbert Van Kerckhove was elected as the rotating chairman, and Michael Graham, Harvey Dzodin, Mark Howard Levine, William Spiers, David Feng and Edwin Charles Maher (absent) were elected to the Standing Committee.
Mr. Wang Lishe of China International Talent Exchange Foundation thanked BRITF Office and UWEE for successfully hosting the event.
The original report in Chinese with a rough English translation: 190104 BRITFsetup
See pictures of the meeting

19 March 2019

In this meeting, again next to the cathedral, Renaat Morel, Sydney Parmenter, Danial Albrecht, and Faddy Fadel (Dean of the American Business School in Paris) received their appointment letters from Gilbert Van Kerckhove and Yan Fei.
See some pictures of the meeting:

11 September 2019

During the meeting Gilbert Van Kerckhove and Yan Fei handed over the certificates to the new experts of the team, (Ms.) Mary Ho, Danny Lingham, (Ms.) He Bingxin and François Bernard.
The team of experts consists of representatives from many countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, USA, UK, Singapore, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia and other.
See here the pictures:

UWEE and Guangming Magazine

About Guangming Daily

The Guangming Daily (Guangming Ribao) is the official newspaper for China’s intellectuals who focus on science, education and culture. Launched in June 1949, the paper has its roots in a free-thinking and critically oriented tradition. It was originally the paper of the China Democratic League and in 1953 represented the eight minority ‘democratic’ parties in China.

In the 1980s, a period of flourishing intellectual debate, the Guangming Ribao became a mouthpiece for the interests of intellectuals, focusing editorials on their political status and working and living conditions. In 1994, the paper became a central Party organ under the direct supervision of the Central Party Propaganda Committee. In the early 2000s, the paper is still read widely in intellectual and academic circles, but has had some difficulty redefining its position in China’s new commercially oriented newspaper market. It relies heavily upon obligatory subscriptions from Party and state work units such as schools, universities, and publishing and cultural organizations.
(By Kevin Latham)

Guangming Online (English): http://en.gmw.cn/

Guangming Studying Abroad Magazine

The magazine, also referred to as Guangming Educator, Guangming Daily Young Journalist and other. It looks at topics related to studying abroad and related, including reporting on foreign universities. It is also involved in training young journalists, often in cooperation with local Chinese governments.

One of the issues of the magazine

Website Guangming Studying Abroad Magazine (Chinese only): http://liuxue.gmw.cn/

UWEE and Guangming Magazine sign agreement

Guangming Daily Young Journalist & Union of Western and Eastern Education Strategic Cooperation held a meeting on 14 October 2019 that also included the signing ceremony between the two parties. Were also present, several members of the Foreign Specialist team and others, including Sydney Parmenter, Mary Ho, Sun Bin, Gilbert Van Kerckhove, and Maurice.
See here the web report by UWEE in PDF, it also has the link to the original text:

191014 UWEE

The agreement covers cooperation to connect with universities worldwide.

New appointments

Recently the following specialists were appointed as members of the Foreign Expert Committee under SAFEA, China International Talent Exchange Foundation:

  • Fady Fadel, Ph.D. (Dean, The American Business School of Paris)
  • Renaat Morel (Morel’s Restaurant, Beijing)
  • Daniel Albrecht (lawyer)
  • Sydney Parmenter
  • Mary Ho