what can half a century of microeconomics 2 most exciting nations trade with each other - Consider Japan 1960s ; Consider Bangladesh 2010
London Saint James Nov 2010 debrief "Consider Bangladesh" with
Yunus July 2011 Japan tour
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan, one of the leading car manufacturers globally, who would also very much like to contribute to social business.
The NEC headquarter where a meeting with executives from various ICT companies took place.
met with Mr. Sadoshima, the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Executive Leaders Breakfast with many executives from various IT and ICT companies in Japan.
the House of Representatives, the lower house in Japan. The chairman Mr. Yokomichi
lunch meeting with representatives from NTT Data
Dr. Jimi, the Minister of the Financial Services Agency. -a vibrant discussion took place about the great potential of social business to support the Tokuko area, which was severely devastated by the earthquake and the tsunami on March 11, 2011.
meeting with Taro Aso, who was Japan’s Prime Minister in 2008/2009 and is currently the chairman of the Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentary League
reception with the Mayor of Fukuoka city, the President and Vice-President of Kyushu University, and many participants not only from Japan, but also from countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Germany, Vietnam
The first day of the forum started with a keynote speech by Prof. Yunus, followed by a very interesting panel discussion with Mr. Yanai (CEO of Fast Retailing / Uniqlo), Mr.Odaira (CEO of Yukiguni Maitake), Mr. Jersale (President of Veolia Water Japan), Mr. Zarifi (General Director of Danone Japan), as well as Prof. Hoshino and Prof. Okada from Kyushu University
Public Symposium with a keynote speech by Prof. Yunus, and a panel discussion with Mr. Sotoo (La Sagrada familia sculptor), Mr. Takimoto (Director of Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry) and Mr. Verdier (Director PlaNet Finance Japan).
The Mayor of Fukuoka City and Prof. Yunus jointly signed a declaration that Fukuoka will officially become a Social Business City and Prof. Yasuura (Vice President of Kyushu University) announced the launch of the Yunus & Shiiki Social Business Research Centre, the first of its kind globally.
BRAC & JICA MOU
27 July 2011, Dhaka. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between BRAC and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to facilitate collaboration in matters of common interest, including contributions to the economic and social development in Africa, Bangladesh and other regions and countries. The two parties agreed to establish the institutional cooperation framework necessary to achieve the partnership.
(In-front from-left)Muhammad Rumme Ali - Managing Director of BRAC, Mahbub Hossain - Executive Director of BRAC, Kenzo Oshima - Senior Vice President of JICA, Toda Takao - Country Director of JICA
The MoU was signed by, Mr. Kenzo Oshima, Senior Vice President, JICA during his visit to Bangladesh and Dr. Mahbub Hossain, Executive Director, BRAC Group. JICA's country director Toda Takao and Managing Director of BRAC Enterprise Mohammad (Rumee) Ali were also present.
BRAC is a forerunner in promoting agriculture sector in many countries in Africa. They have the experience of community access and capacity building of agricultural programs in Africa which is derived from the experience from their work in Bangladesh in the same sector. On the other hand, JICA, having recognized the increasing importance of rice production in Africa, launched the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) initiative at Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) IV held in May 2008, in Yokohama, Japan. During the course of discussions, both BRAC and JICA shared common interests in exploring the possibilities of partnerships in promotion of agriculture and rural development in Africa, in particular through the promotion of CARD.
BRAC’s Social Enterprises have evolved to support its core programmes. They enable BRAC to attain its vision and mission statements by sustaining the development interventions and creating job opportunities- thereby contributing to poverty alleviation. JICA supports promoting private sector development that enhances economic and social activities in developing regions of the world, including through its Private Sector Investment Finance. In this common interests, JICA and BRAC are interested in establishment of a Social Development Fund for supporting social enterprise and social business in any country where JICA and BRAC share interests.
Under this MoU, the parties may have the privilege of exchanging opportunities for staff in terms of knowledge and experience through various opportunities.