First Study Trip to Kenya and Rwanda

Nairobi – Kigali

August 25-September 2, 2018

“We don’t want help, we need investment!’’

The cliché of a continent steeped in poverty and stagnation, from which only migration to Europe offers the possibility of a better life, stands in contrast to our week spent in Kenya and Rwanda. What we saw, were two countries on the rise. Nairobi has, like Cape Town and Lagos, a vibrant – although insufficiently financed – start-up scene: the so-called “Silicon Savannah”. From this new sector emerged MPESA, an app-based financial service through which even Kenyans living in rural societies can send and receive money digitally. Rwanda sees opportunities in digitalization as well. Although Volkswagen’s recent investment in a Kigali-based CKD production center is more modest than what the international media has reported, its new ride sharing model, through which Volkswagen sees new opportunities to improve and expand its mobility services, is ground breaking. A young Rwandan developer – after teaching himself programming skills through online tutorials – designed the app on which Volkswagen’s new venture is based. For developing nations such as Kenya and Rwanda, digitalization presents enormous opportunities.

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Special Study Trip to Tibet

Lhasa – Shigatse – Namsto Lake

July 7-12, 2018

For more than a quarter of a century, representatives from Global Bridges have been traveling to China. Throughout this time, they have had the chance to follow China’s impressive growth, appreciate its achievements, but also to perceive its sensitivities.

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VII Chinese-German Young Leaders Conference

Inner Mongolia, P.R. China 

July 1 to 6, 2018

„China-Germany Relations in a Changing World“

Inner Mongolia? Not much is known about the northern province in China. Even for people from China it is a place full of mystery and legends mostly inspired by its famous leader Genghis Khan. No wonder Mongolia is called an empire won on horseback.

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Third Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium 2018

Europe’s Future between the United States and China

Berlin, Germany

June 26 and 27, 2018

 

Report by Rudolf G. Adam

The Third Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium began in the evening of June 26th with a keynote address by Richard Burt: “Are we Approaching the End of the Atlantic Partnership?

Richard Burt looked back on how transatlantic relations evolved after the Second World War: James F. Byrnes’ famous Stuttgart speech of hope in which he assured Germans that the USA was supporting a recovery of an autonomous Germany (Stuttgart, September 26, 1946: “The American people want to help the German people win their way back to an honorable place among the free and peace-loving nations of the world.”); the airlift 1948; Germany joining NATO in 1955; John F. Kennedy’s equally famous words: “Ich bin ein Berliner!” in 1961. The USA and Germany had their differences in the 70s and 80s over Germany’s “Ostpolitik,” the pipelines that transported Soviet oil to Western Europe, the “Nachrüstung,” the “Hähnchenkrieg,” star wars and a few other questions. However we listened to each other, we respected each other, and thus found mutually acceptable solutions in a friendly spirit of compromise. Ronald Reagan uttered his almost prophetic words in 1987: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” In 1993, his successor George H. W. Bush pronounced Germany and America “partners in leadership.”

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XXXII Berlin Global Forum, June 07, 2018

Is blockchain a revolutionary technology of the future? Is it going to change the world – and if yes – how? What is fleeting and what is permanent? These central questions guided the presentations and subsequent discussions at the Global Bridges’ XXXII Berlin Global Forum titled, “Bitcoin – Blockchain: From Sensation to Rehabilitation.”

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XVII European-American Young Leaders Conference

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

May 27 – 31

“Uzbekistan: A Country in Transition”

Uzbekistan has served as a crossroads of civilizations for millennia. It was an important player in the Silk Road trade, has been part of numerous major world empires, and is now situated in the heart of modern Central Asia. This made Uzbekistan an ideal location to convene 38 young leaders from 12 countries for Global Bridges’ XVII European-American Young Leaders Conference at the end of May 2018.

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VI Study Trip to Israel and the West Bank

Tel Aviv – Ramallah – Be’er Sheva – Hebron – Bethlehem – Jerusalem – Sderot

April 25 –  May 3, 2018

I. Introduction

While the festivities of the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence took place, our Global Bridges Delegation began its VI Study Trip to Israel and the West Bank.

The group arrived in Israel amidst the protests and aftermath that ensued as a result of US President Trump’s announcement officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Our many meetings and encounters with fascinating personalities allowed the group to receive firsthand insight to a region where it is debated like nowhere else, how politics could or should be conducted differently.

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III Study Trip to the Islamic Republic of Iran

April 7 – 14, 2018

Teheran, Yazd, Kashan

Fraught with exciting, new impressions and acquired knowledge, our Global Bridges delegation returned on April 15 from their Third Study Trip to Iran. Although the country is currently experiencing a boom, the economic crisis remains omnipresent. Over the past few years, the sanctions have isolated the country more and more from the outside world. Given these conditions, it was even more astounding for our group to experience the amount of hospitality and curiosity the local population demonstrates towards western travelers as well as how relentlessly this population has searched for solutions in order to create new perspectives.

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VI London Global Forum, March 15, 2018

The golden rule of the automobile industry is: “Never build a new car with a new team in a new factory.” And this rule should not be broken? Carl-Peter Forster, Chairman of the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) and Member of the Supervisory Board of Geely, taught the members of Global Bridges otherwise.

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Traditional Chinese New Year’s Dinner

On Friday, January 26th, our Global Bridges Members once again enjoyed the gracious hospitality of the Chinese Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Mr. Shi Mingde, who invited them to dinner on the occasion of the Chinese New Year.

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