Stockholm, April 13, (Greenpost) –Geely Officially Joined Global Automotive Quality Standards Organization IATF according to a press release from the company.
Geely Auto Group becomes member of global automotive standards organization, IATF
New milestone in IATF history with admission of first Asian member
Geely Auto Group to participate in setting future global standards for the automotive industry
2021 April 08, Hangzhou, China. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), a global organization setting automotive quality standards have announced that Geely Auto Group (Geely) has become the newest OEM voting member of the organization. The appointment of Geely to the organization as the first Asian member marks a historic milestone in the development of the IATF. Geely will participate in the formation and improvement of international quality standards with other global automotive groups and automobile associations to promote the sustainable development of the world’s automotive industry. Geely has nominated Dr Howard Xu, Senior Quality Director at Geely Auto Group to be its voting representative in the IATF.
The admission of Geely into the IATF is recognition of the Group and its subsidiary brands’ commitment to quality management. As the leading Chinese automaker in the world, Geely will work with European and American automakers to improve and revise IATF quality standards, propose future standards, and add an Asian voice to international organization.
As an authoritative organization setting standards for the global automotive industry, IATF is committed to optimizing the standardization process, improving production efficiency in the automotive supply chain, and establishing a globally unified automotive industry quality standards management system and quality control tools. Its members include the national automobile associations from the US (AIAG), Italy (ANFIA), France (FIEV), UK (SMMT) and Germany (VDA) as well as major global automotive groups such as BMW, Daimler, Ford, GM, Renault, Stellantis, and Volkswagen.
The IATF 16949:2016 Quality Management Standards for Automobile Production and Related Parts is a globally recognized automotive industry standard. Meeting the IATF 16949:2016 standard is the most basic requirement for a global automaker and parts supplier. Currently, more than 80,000 global automakers and parts manufacturers have passed the certification. Geely requires all suppliers to pass the IATF 16949:2016 certification.
In China, Geely Auto Group is also member of 18 sub-committees in the National Technical Committee of Auto Standardization (NTCAS) and has taken lead in the formulation of 183 national industry standards. Now as a new member of the IATF, Geely will also be involved in the formulation of international quality standards which support the high-quality development of the automotive industry through technological innovation and sustainable development.
STOCKHOLM, Mar. 5 (Greenpost) — Några dagar sedan kom en grupp av Hong Kong Demonstrationer till Stockholm och frågade svenska stöda gula ekonomi cirkel och straffa andra som inte komma överens med dem.
Enligt en report från Kina Nyheter Service, CNS, Hong Kongs ekonomer tycker att gula ekonomi cirkel idea inte kan leva längre. Varför?
Ekonom Guan Zhuozhao sa att ekonomi har ekonomiska norm, inte samma som politiker. Ekonomi beror på hur mycket kapital du har och hur mycket kunder du har, det är svårt att samarbeta med stora kompaniet i Hong Kong.
Han sa att Gula Ekonomi cirkel som baserades av politiska ide kan skapa division mellan olika grupper.
Ekonom Mai Cuicai sa att ekonomi eller affairs har relation med gender, ålder och inkomster, men sällen med politiska ide. Gula Ekonomiska Cirkel är inte normala ide och kan inte accepterades av alla.
Ekonom Cai Zongjian sa att Gula Ekonomiska Cirkel ida inte kan leva längre i Hong Kong för att flesta inte vill ha division. När situationen blir fridfull, blir livet normalt. Basera av politiska ide kan Gula Ekonomiska Cirkel inte gå längre.
A SCANDINAVIAN consortium is pressing ahead this week with a bold new plan to send Norwegian salmon across Russia to China by rail.
The first container shipments are expected to be on their way within the next two months.
The plan is going ahead despite a recent unexplained decision by Russia to send back two airfreight consignments of Norwegian salmon.
The new mode of transport has been made possible because in the past month Russia has lifted a ban on the transit traffic of a whole range of perishable products, including fish that were previously sanctioned.
Russia has opened a special department to oversee transit traffic, meaning that interested parties will have to receive an approval in order to dispatch their shipments.
Russia imposed a ban on various food and agricultural products five years ago, after the EU and US placed sanctions on the country following hostilities with Ukraine. Although not a member of the EU, Norway was included in the ban.
The planned rail route will begin at the Norwegian Port of Narvik, where refrigerated containers will be loaded with salmon bred in fish farms in northern Norway.
The containers will pass through the Swedish-Finnish border crossing to a railhead in the Finnish town of Kouvola for onward shipment across Russia to Xi’an in China. The entire journey is expected to take around 12 days.
Behind the Norway-China rail freight corridor project is businessman and rail consultant Micael Blomster and Railgate Finland.
Blomster described the plan as a huge breakthrough.
‘We believe this will reduce transport costs by about 80 per cent over air transport. The decision by Russia to lift the ban will open up major new opportunities for transporting salmon between Narvik in Norway to China.’
Currently, all Norwegian salmon is sent to China by air and volumes are increasing rapidly. But this growth has come under fire from environmental groups in Norway and elsewhere because of the huge carbon footprint involved.
The new initiative is being watched closely by many of Norway’s fish farming companies, anxious to display their green credentials.
From this news we can see Russia has set up a good example for the smooth transportation for the large business to be done. China’s Belt and Road Initiativ is just like this. The train will go through Khorgos port in Xinjiang and then to Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi Province, hometown of Terra Cotta Army.
During October National Day Holiday, your reporter went to Urumqi to have an experience of life there and lived in Golden Beach Hotel. This is a place near Dawan and near Uygors majority residential areas. Amazingly the Golden Beach Holiday In attracted many people, mostly young people.
This was a medical treatment pool. People can buy a daily ticket of 118 yuan or just 99 yuan if you live in the hotel and stay there for the whole day and eat lunch and dinner buffet.
The service is excellent and you can enjoy the swimming or just the spa. It looks like a tropical area. A lot of children were there to play. A lot of young people went there to play. If you are tired, you can also rest in the sofa.
A 9 year old girl asked me whether I am alone or with someone, I said I was alone, she asked are you not lonely? How sad it is to be alone? Indeed, but at that time, I enjoyed the solitude and the loneliness.
The hotel price was 299 yuan per night. If you pay 399 yuan, all these swimming pool program and all the food will be included.
The first cargo train loaded with Norwegian salmon is expected to depart Narvik for China early next year, Jernbanemagasinet reports.
Thanks to new transport technology, the salmon will still be fresh when it arrives in Xi’an about 10 days after leaving Narvik.
Narvik is the northernmost cargo railway station on the coast to the Norwegian Sea, with a line originally built for iron-ore transport from Kiruna in northernmost Sweden.
In Haparanda, on Sweden’s border to Finland, the containers will be transferred over to Finnish wagons, because the two countries have different track width. From Finland the salmon cargo will cross into Russia from Kouvola and then follow the established rail cargo route via St. Petersburg and Moscow into Kazakhstan and eastbound to China, the portal iLaks informs.
The San Francisco-based company BluWrap has developed new transport means to keep the salmon fresh for longer periods than under normal transport where the fish is stored on ice.
The company uses fuel cells to reduce and monitor oxygen during transport. “It’s made from cardboard and use no ice or Styrofoam,” said Ola Strand, CEO of BluWrap interviewed by SalmonBusiness.
BlueWrap says it is by controlling oxygen and temperature salmon are kept fresh over longer periods.
Norway has a strong focus on developing the so-called blue economy, including giving a boost to aquaculture. By 2030, the goal is to increase seafood export to five times the amount today. The new salmon cargo train from Narvik to China opens a new export corridor to reach that goal.
This story is just a good example of Belt and Road Initiative. That is to use new technology or tools to make us connected. The train uses fuel cells to reduce and monitor oxygen during the transport. This is good. This is also climate friendly.
This is just the same idea of Belt and Road Initiativ.
STOCKHOLM, December 8(Greenpost)–Top diplomats from the African Union joined the Chinese Ambassador to Sweden and the Belt and Road Institute’s (BRIX) members in a special seminar on December 5 in Stockholm to outline the great progress being achieved in realizing Africa’s development goals in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Moreover, the seminar’s more important aspect was to explore the massive potential imbedded in making Africa the greatest economic powerhouse on the planet in the coming decades and how Sweden, Europe and China can cooperate with the African nations to accelerate and benefit from this promising perspective.
The seminar was initiated by Stephen Brawer, Vice-President of BRIX and moderator of the event. He welcomed everyone and gave a brief history of how BRIX came into being, and about its two other very successful seminars in 2019. The BRIX, which is only one year old, emerged out of a high-level seminar on the strategic and economic impact of the BRI held in May 2018 and organized jointly by the Schiller Institute and the China-Sweden Business Council (CSBC). He emphasized that BRIX works to disseminate knowledge of BRI as a global development process, and to present facts and knowledge based on deeper reflections, and not on superficial opinion based on prejudice and geopolitical agendas. Thus, BRIX believes that in the future, disinformation and propaganda that are spread in Sweden against BRI should be addressed in a more clear and assertive way.
Egypt’s ambassador, Mr. Alaa Hegazy, gave the welcoming speech as representative of the African Union (AU), since Egypt is the current Chairman of the AU. He emphasized the importance of the Belt & Road Initiative for the implementation of Africa’s development plans that have been around for a long time and lacked only the construction starts. He presented the AU’s Agenda 2063 plan for a continental rail and road network, electrification and industrialization. Ambassador Hegazy explained that the AU has several cooperation mechanisms with the EU, UN, Japan, etc., but cooperation with the BRI has been the most dynamic and effective of these mechanisms.
The ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Sweden, Mr. Gui Congyou gave, the keynote speech of the seminar in which he gave a detailed picture of the extensive cooperation that has been established between China and Africa in the context of the BRI. Ambassador Gui referenced the September 2018 Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing and the results of that summit. He said: “China-Africa joint construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative has accelerated, and 40 African countries and the AU Commission have signed cooperation documents with China on the “Belt and Road” initiative. We have formulated a country plan based on the actual needs of Africa. We will implement a total of more than 880 China-Africa cooperation projects in the next three years.”
Concerning Chinese-Swedish perspectives, the Ambassador stated: ”The Swedish government has many aid and cooperation projects for Africa, and many large Swedish companies such as Volvo, Scania, and ABB have extensive operations in Africa. China is willing to work with other countries in the world, including Sweden, to complement each other’s strengths and make positive contributions to peace, stability and development in Africa.”
Ethiopia’s Ambassador, Mr. Deriba Kuma showed the audience how Africa’s plans for modernization and industrialization are being implemented. Ethiopia is well on its way to realizing its plans to become a middle-income country by 2025, transitioning from an agricultural-based society to an industry-based one. “Ethiopia is a major beneficiary in the Belt and Road Initiative. Since the country has embarked on expanding its infrastructure network across the nation like roads, railways, telecom and airports; the technical as well as financial support from the Government of China side has helped a lot”, Ambassador Deriba said. He added that “Ethiopia, through its vision of becoming a middle-income country by 2025, has launched an ambitious plan of constructing twelve industrial parks across the nation. Major Chinese companies have participated in the construction of these industrial parks and even some Chinese companies are constructing their own industrial parks in Ethiopia.” He emphasized that “Ethiopia has a plan to have 30 industrial parks by the year 2025. I hereby would like to call up on those competent companies to actively engage in this endeavor either through constructing the industrial parks or by leasing the sheds that could help them to participate in manufacturing of different products.”
Ambassador Kuma also reminded the audience that his country’s Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed, will be receiving the Nobel Peace Price next week. This is an appropriate recognition of the path Ethiopia has taken towards social, political and economic reform.
South Africa’s Chargé d’Affaires, Duncan Sebefelo discussed his country’s economic visions and plans, and the challenges and opportunities that exist today. He referenced the major investments China has made in key projects in his country. After the turn of the year, South Africa become the chairman of the AU, outlining the philosophical principles that the AU has for the economic cooperation projects. Mr. Sebefelo explained how important the BRI is for the development goals of the African continent.
The board member of BRIX, Hussein Askary, made a thorough presentation on “retooling Africa’s rise”. With the help of charts, pictures and maps, he showed how BRI is helping in realizing Africa’s goals. He emphasized that BRIX does not exist to cheer on China or Africa, who can take care of themselves. BRIX’s goal is that Sweden should be part of this process of cooperation and not miss the train towards economic prosperity and stability in the world. In order to achieve that, Sweden’s and Europe’s attitude towards Africa has to change first. He contrasted this attitude to that of China. While Sweden and the Eu considered Africa “a problem”, China considers Africa “an opportunity”. Askary explained that a major part of this problem is the “aid” mentality. He argued that the Chinese way of “empowering rather than helping”, which is to supply Africa with the “tools” for development such as infrastructure, industrialization and technology transfer is the most suitable for Sweden and Europe to follow. Under the heading “SDG acrobatics” (Sustainable Development Goals), he talked about how Sweden and the EU are redefining the UN development agenda in 2030, so that the most important priority goals to be addressed (poverty, hunger, healthcare, electricity education, water, industrialization, etc.) are placed at the bottom of the priority list, while Climate Action, goal no. 13, is at the top. In conclusion, he explained that with the help of China and the BRI, Africa is well on the way to realizing its Agenda 2063. But he asked how faster can this agenda be realized if Sweden and the EU contribute to it?
The Norwegian former member of parliamentary, and co-founder of Ichi Foundation, Mr. Thore Vestby, talked about the Norwegian cooperation with Africa, which has been largely restricted to aid through NORAD. But a new focus on cooperation has been established in 2012 through the Norwegian African Business Association by leading Norwegian companies (norwegianafrican.no). Norway also needs to establish cooperation with BRI, Vestby emphasized, and a shift in the attitude in Norway towards China and the BRI is necessary. He congratulated the Swedish BRIX for its successful work and announced that a “BRIX Norway” will be started in the new year.
BRIX member and private consultant, Mr. Lars Aspling, explained in his presentation that now 16 of 28 EU countries have already signed agreements (MOU) with China to cooperate with the BRI. This shows that such an agreement, or even a mere positive opinion on BRI, as France and Finland have expressed, need not necessarily to divide the EU. Although the Swedish government, with its proposal for a new China strategy, adheres to EU policy, there are, thus, no legal issues that hinder Sweden from joining the BRI. But only a lack of political will stands in the way, he stated. Aspling gave a tour of the necessary investments that need to be made in northern Europe, Scandinavia and Sweden to be able to rise to the levels of productivity necessary in the new BRI era.
Aspling seized the opportunity to announce that a new report that BRIX has just published about what BRI on the importance of Sweden’s cooperation with the BRI can now be downloaded from the BRIX website. (Https://www.brixsweden.org/brix-publicerar-en-ny-belt-and-road-speciell-rapport/).
The seminar’s moderator, Stephen Brawer, led the closing panel debate where the speakers answered questions fielded by the audience.
BRIX chairman Ulf Sandmark commented on the question and discussion about corruption in Africa by pointing out that BRI has a focus on real investments that are not handed over as sums of money like the investments made by the West. The BRI investments are delivered as cement, steel, machinery and input products for the projects. “Cement is difficult to put into a bank account, which means that BRI has an intrinsic mechanism to prevent corruption,” he said.
In closing the seminar, moderator Stephen Brawer again emphasized the need to present fact-based information and knowledge about BRI, and made a point of thanking the effort that TV100 and Fredrik Vargas make through their important work in reporting the proceedings of this seminar.
19 diplomats from 15 countries (mostly from Africa) participated in the seminar which was attended by 60 guests.