More than three billion people, that's half the world's population, have to survive on just $2 a day or less, says the World Bank. They also lack adequate nutrition, rarely have access to essential health services or basic education, decent housing, social justice or even work. Over 50 countries are poorer today than they were ten years ago.
The United Nations announced that around five million children die from hunger every year. The number of chronically hungry people worldwide increased by 18 million, to around 852 million, the first time in nine years that the estimated number of hungry people has actually increased.
In answer to the World's commitment to reducing those afflicted by poverty, South Korea is increasing its current commitment by three times, while still maintaining its aid to the poor of North Korea, an obligation that can not be counted amongst donations to the Global effort.
The Exhibition which runs at the Korean Cultural Centre until November 4th displays images that really make you think. One depicts children at play in a derelict area, where a young girl sucks on a dirty hypodermic syringe. Subtle imagery but highly evocative. Go and see it while you can and promise yourself you'll do something - anything, to help.
SOUTH KOREA INCREASES COMMITMENT TO REDUCE WORLD POVERTY
AMBASSADOR CHUN YUNG-WOO AT THE KOREAN CULTURAL CENTRE'S "BLIGHT & HOPE" EXHIBITION
The music was Mendelssohn's Opus 12 and it was performed by four members from the Royal and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras. Led by 1st Violinist Jeongmin Kim who has only recently joined the RPO after two seasons with the Seoul Philharmonic.
Opus 12 was written to portray four intellectuals in conversation. It conveys much of the rise and fall of a vibrant exchange of thoughts and ideas and was beautifully executed by the quartet.
Most fascinating was Kim's ability to conduct her colleagues with an array of delightful and emotive facial expressions that conveyed exactly where the music should be going.
KOREA'S JEONGMIN KIM'S STRING QUARTET ENTERTAINS GUESTS AT "BLIGHT & HOPE"
THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF LONDON FROM CANARY WHARF - IS IT THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY?
Cut me open and written through me, like a stick of seaside rock, is the word "ASIA". But look a little deeper and you'll find that I love our great Capital too. How can I not, when views like this one simply blow you away from the 35th floor in Canada Square. "Think London" are very aware of what our city has to offer to foreign companies seeking an ideal base for a World market. With the Olympics in 2012 creating over 200,000 jobs, 70,000 supply contracts on offer and countless spin-off benefits, and with London expected to grow its population by enough people to populate Leeds over the next few years, there is no doubt that regardless of the current financial climate London is still growing. In fact it's the second fastest growing City in the World. So, while we are keen to highlight the benefits and excitement of Asia to our readers, we are also aware that there really are two sides to this partnership and that much of Asia can benefit by bringing its business to London too. Excellent communications, equal business terms of trade and the support of Think London to find the best locations and talent supplies on a per business basis, all add up to make it the best placed location for trade. For more information and help just click on the link below: www.thinklondon.com
A.S.E.A.N. BRINGS PUBLIC ASIA CONFERENCE TO SOUTH EAST TO PROMOTE AWARENES AND TRADE
CHINESE LION EATS TWO SMALL BOYS AT THE SHOREHAM CONFERENCE
JUST SOME OF THE HIGH LEVEL SPEAKERS AT SHOREHAM, FROM L - R, LOUIS TURNER CEO OF ASIA PACIFIC TECHNOLOGY NETWORK,
JAMES BRAITHWAITE CBE, CHAIRMAN - SEEDA,
SK LINGHAM, PRESIDENT - ASEAN UK,
ARIF ZAMAN, ADVISOR SOUTH EAST ASIA COMMONWEALTH BUSINESS COUNCIL
Part of the heading was "Globalisation - Asia & the West - Growing Together". With the World in economic crisis it makes sense to ensure we all understand the current Global position and where our future opportunities and dangers may lie. This trend setting conference offered an opportunity for the local community to meet and pose questions to those who both understand and influence trade with Asia and who can help explain World trends and how trading opportunities can be further developed. Shoreham was able to come and meet senior representatives from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Indonesia whose Ambassador His Excellency Drs. Yuri Octavian Thamrin MA, gave a personal presentation in which he welcomed the opportunity to bring Indonesia to the attention of the South East and invited all to visit through a short film portraying just a small part of what the 7000+ islands have to offer. Other speakers included, Prof. Kees Van der Pijl of the University of Suffolk who suggested that time for the current form of consumerism and global markets may be coming to an end and Emily Benn PPC for West Worthing & Shoreham expressed her thoughts on the effect the West has on the East and how good understanding of foreign cultures was essential to World trade that benefited all. The Director of Global Affairs Ltd, Wayne Green, gave a deep and philosophical speech on Globalisation which left everyone with much food for thought.
Well it was well before lunch and there were two very hungry Chinese Lions to feed. After some hectic and exciting dancing displays that would have worked up an appetite for anyone, who could blame them for gobbling up a few passing children? But joking aside these two intricate and animated costumes made a great spectacle to highlight a most positive and important opportunity to taste just a little of all that Asia has to offer. With stands providing information on a variety of countries full of opportunity for new adventure and limitless exploration, it was impossible to come away uninspired? Far from intending any menace, the Lions were actually there to welcome everyone to the conference and invite them all to embrace and visit Asia in general. Who could resist those big batting eyelashes and the countless colourful Asian traditions they represented. Not many who attended I bet... A superb selection of Indian food was provided by local restaurateur, Abdul Malik from The Indian Cottage Tandoori that made the day complete and sent everyone home with both minds and bodies nourished.
GOA TOURISM TEAM PRESENT NEWS OF IMPROVEMENTS TO TOURISM SAFETY
AND A COMMITMENT TO VALUE FOR MONEY AT WTM '08
ELVIS GOMES - DIRECTOR,
DR MUDASSIR - SECRETARY and
MR FRANCISCO X PACHECO
MINISTER FOR TOURISM - GOA
The recent unfortunate murder of a 14 year old girl in Goa is obviously still a painful memory to the Goan Tourism Board who went to great pains to explain their regret at the event. But they were hardly to blame for the unfortunate incident, caused mainly by inappropriate behaviour of both victim and parents. However, Goa is keen to make sure it does all it can to prevent such a tragedy ever happening again. Increased security officer presence and CCTV cameras will be there to watch over tourists. An extra 126 Lifeguards have also been added from Australia and the UK to watch over swimmers who seem determined to swim in the sea after drinking. Over 30 rescues have recently been made in as many days. Proof, if it were needed, that Goa is serious about protecting their guests. This beautiful state has so much to offer with excellent beaches and inlands to explore. Quality accommodation, travel links and friendly people make it a favourite destination for Brits, Russian and Germans who top the visitor polls. Over 2.5 million visitors in 2007 can't be wrong especially as 14% of those are visiting for a second time or more. So don't be put off by a single unfortunate incident, pack your bags and head for Goa, India's top tourism destination - you will love it!
TOURISM MINISTER FRANCISCO PACHECO
SPEAKS PASSIONATELY ABOUT GOA
MATHEW NGAU JAU FROM SARAWAK MALAYSIA PLAYS HIS HAND CARVED SAPE' AT WTM '08
World Travel Market 2008 was as busy as ever this year and every bit as interesting. The Asia section was bustling with trade activity and everyone seemed buoyant despite the current economic climate. It seems that regardless of what our money is doing we find it hard to deny ourselves some quality time in a great climate away from our normal lives. Asia offers so much that is different and exciting, as was so aptly proven by Mathew Ngau Jau from Sarawak, who generously played his unique electrified, hand crafted instrument on the Malaysia stand just inches from a Formula One race car that made a poignant statement about the cultural diversities of the country.
ASIA HOUSE WELCOME TAIWANS AMBASSADOR
DR. SIAO-YUE CHANG
AND TRADITIONAL PUPPETS FROM
THE TIAN HONG YUAN PUPPET THEATRE
This well attended event at Asia House made an introduction to Taiwan even more enjoyable as the atmosphere was very upbeat. Ambassador Chang and her tourism staff did a great job of making a holiday in fascinating Taiwan sound as irresistible as the delicious food on offer. Cooked and prepared by the Drunken Monkey Restaurant and two authentic style street-hawker noodle makers. The puppet show featured an excellent carved theatre and countless characters whom, despite being only about 30cm tall were seen demonstrating martial arts skills to rival Bruce Lee himself. Puppets are a popular sight all over Taiwan and are enthusiastically presented. This traditional live entertainment has been enjoyed in Taiwan for many many years, making people laugh and gasp long before today's TV was even thought of.
STREET VENDED TAIWANESE NOODLES
HOT, FAST, FILLING - AND DELICIOUS!
TONY'S ANGELS HELP LAUNCH
AIR ASIA X INCREDIBLE £99
ECONOMY FLIGHTS TO KUALA LUMPUR
Tony Fernandes CEO of Air Asia is on a mission to make it possible for everyone to reach Asia and for every Asian to be able to reach the World in return. This is a man driven be determination fueled by purpose and undaunted by challenge. From March 2009 five flights a week will depart from Stanstead to Kuala Lumpur and he plans to increase that to five a day. He said "Last year only 6% of the Malaysian population flew anywhere - now Asia Air enables everyone to fly" He went on to say "the industry thinks I'm crazy, but by the time they realise I'm not - it's too late!" He started the business with just £250,000 and now runs 86 planes and carries 20million passengers a year. But he is not affected by his success at all. When asked why he chose Stanstead as his European hub he replied simply "because it's nearest to my favourite football club - West Ham".
Amongst his many guests celebrating the launch were Sir Frank Williams of Formula 1 Racing fame, his old Headmaster and even, former colleague, Seymour Stein the record producer who discovered Madonna.
Dato' Tony Fernandes was born in Kuala Lumpur in 1964 but educated in the UK. He said that this economy link between the two countries was by far the most important so far and you could tell he meant it. For a man who entered the airline business with no previous experience he is an inspiration to everyone proving where there is a dream coupled with determination there is an opportunity just waiting to be realised.
DATO TONY FERNANDES CEO, AIR ASIA
SPEAKS PASSIONATELY ABOUT HIS £99
FLIGHTS FROM STANSTEAD TO KUALA LUMPUR
O.M.E.C. VOTES "YES" TO
"YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SECTION"
The Overseas Malaysian Executive Council has just launched an exciting new division to encourage young Malaysian business people based here in the UK to embrace trade opportunities between our two countries.
At a special celebratory launch at the Corus Hotel in Hyde Park in London. Vice Chairman, AG Kader introduced the initiative and explained how important it is to bring new blood into the organisation and to offer as much support as possible with business development. Attended by the Malaysian Deputy High Commissioner and representatives from top companies such as Malaysian Airlines, the event was a great success. As a soon-to-be Committee member of O.M.E.C. myself I can confirm that the commitment to proactive support for trade development is unquestionable and that all members can rely on the positive support of all members, each dedicated to assisting each fellow member wherever possible. Something we could all use these days. If you are Malaysian, in business and not yet a member - feel free to contact me for further information or reach the web site at:
AG KADER - PROMOTES A POSITIVE PRO-ACTIVE
APPROACH TO BUSINESS AT O.M.E.C.
Trevor C. Krueger
Entrepreneur - Writer - Publisher
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