05.02.2018 : Mongolia

The Gobi-Desert reveals that already about 500.000 years ago people settled in the area of todays Mongolia. Genghis Khan (about 1167 - 1227) formed in 1206 the first Mongolian Empire; his grandson Kublai Khan founded the Yuan-Dynasty in China.


Mongolia is among the Top Ten countries concerning natural resources. To shift from raw materials more to processing to increase margins the Federal Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affaires and Trade, the Federal Mongolian Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the National University of Mongolia invited in the last years experts from government, academia - among them Prof. Dr. B. Hallier - and from business (see group photo) to discuss a sector-reformation and a modern trade-law.


 



06.01.2018 : Alexandria

Alexandria/Egypt is named after Alexander the Great who conquered in 331 BC the old Egyptian settlement Rhakotis - which can be traced back to about 2700 -2200 BC - and started to transform it into an important sea-hub for the Hellenistic - , the Roman as well as the Byzantine World. Its lighthouse Pharos (build between 280 - 247 BC) was one of the Seven Wunders of the world at that time and it was also the home of a historic library. Alexander the Great was burried in a golden coffin after his death in this city.

In its early days Alexandria was also an important harbour linking China - India via the Mediterana with the Italian harbours like Genua or Venice. But its traffic decreased after the Osman Empire blocked the transport-routes to Alexandria and alternative sea-routes were discovered around Africa.
 



20.12.2017 : Scientific Hub

In 2008 Kazakhstan's President Nazarbayev initiated the first Astana Economic Forum - supported within the following ten years by G-Global, the Eurasian Club of Scientists, the Astana Club of Nobel Laureates - becoming an International Scientific Hub for Eurasia and all the historical Silk Road. Last but not least the 2017 EXPO Astana helped in the revitalization process and setting new targets by Future Energy Concepts.

In January 2017 Prof.Dr.Hallier started the AEUC network to have a permanent information platform for culture and history as well for business investors as also for students being interested in exchanges between Europe and Asia. Hallier combined the start of AEUC with presenting the late Philip Alexander Nobel as the Personality 2017 of the Hall of Fame (Link) of the European Retail Academy. "I am sure that we remember him best by performing activities in a field which he liked being among us" Hallier said in memory of him.
 



15.11.2017 : Isfahan

Isfahan is located 340 kilometers south of Tehran/Iran; its history can be traced back to the Palaeolithic period; the first urban developments started 2700 -1600 BCE. It is said that when Cyrus the Great (reigning 559 - 529 BCE) freed the Jews from the Babylonian captivity parts of them returned to Jerusalem while other parts settled in the place called today Isfahan. Later its location at the intersection of the ancient roads to Susa and Persepolis attracted army-strongholds.


photo from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

The Arabs captured Isfa 642; the Buwayhid dynasty created the first wealth ; it became part of the South-route of the Silk Road. Isfahan's real golden age began in 1598 and it became one of the most beautiful cities of the 17th century. The Naghsh-e Jahan Square is one of the largest city squares in the world and had been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
 



15.10.2017 : Processing Hubs

China will invest billions of dollars into the revitalization of the historical Silk Road network: one modern railway-route will go North-bound and end via Moscow - Warsaw in Hamburg ; the other South-bound route will revive the Caspian and Black Sea network.

Prof.Dr.Hallier demanded in a speech in Almaty/Kazakhstan modern storage capacities and production hubs along those routes, supporting the local and national agribusiness in its export efforts. "The procuring and processing of raw materials could improve the trade margins definitely and decrease losses/waste of food from harvest and transportation : a big deal for micro-economics as well as for the macro-economic sectors" he said.
 



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