Professor Muhammad Yunus shaking hands with Mr Richard Liu, Founder-Owner of JD.com after the signing of collaboration agreement
between Grameen China and JD.com. Also seen in the photo are Professor Xu Xiaonian of CEIBS (left) and Mr. Tang Min, Vice
Secretary General of China Development Research Foundation.
Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus visited China from 15 December to 19 December 2015. He was invited to launch Grameen China
and attend a number of high-level events organized by the Chinese Association of Microfinance (CAM)./
On December 15, Professor Yunus was the chief guest at the annual microcredit conference
organized by CAM which was attended by 700 microcredit practioners, academics, policy makers, company executives, students
Afterwards Professor Yunus had a high level meeting with
Madam Wu who was former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank and is now the Chairman of the People’s Congress Committee
on Rural Finance Office at the Central Bank of China to discuss about finance for the poor in China at her office in
the Central Bank.
He was also the guest of the Chinese Foundation for
Poverty Allevation which has been promoting Grameen style microcredit programs in China for 20 years.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was
welcomed at the village of Lukou in Jiangsu Province. He is seen among the villagers with Mr. Gao Zhan, Executive Vice Chairman
of Grameen China.
Professor Yunus was invited to join hands to launch
a collaborative program with two important partners. This was proposed by Mr Arthur Cao of Tencent, owner of fifth largest
internet company in the world (after Google, Amazon, Alibaba, and e-Bay), which also owns WeChat, the biggest internet search
engine in China, now owns a new bank called WeBank.
Yunus Centre to join hands with Tencents and Dr Sun Xuetao, Secretary of Longnan Municipal Committee of
the Communist Party of China and Mayor of the City, under Gansu Province. They discussed the outline of a collaboration
among Tencent, City of Longnan and Yunus Centre for social business and microcredit initiatives in the city. If it works,
Tencent can take this collaboration to other cities, counties, and provinces.
Yunus gave a public lecture to an audience of 800 at Peking University, where Professor Yunus is a Visiting Professor,
on the potential of social business to transform societies.
17, Professor Yunus officially launched Grameen China which will implement both microcredit and social business in China.
Grameen China will consist of two programmes, one operating microcredit program
and another devoted to establishing social businesses. It will also organize an annual Social Business Forum China bringing
together people from different sectors interested in social business in the vast country.
Professor Yunus and Richard Liu, founder and Chairman of JD.com which is leading direct sales e-commerce company
in China and is the 11th largest internet company in the world with a market cap of US$ 36 billion dollars, both joined the
signing ceremony of collaboration agreement between Grameen China and JD.com. JD.com will used its JD Finance platform
to generate crowd funding to finance the operations of Grameen China. Mr Liu, the company’s chairman, is among the ten
richest individuals in China.
Professor Xu Xiaonian, Professor of Economics
and Finance at China Europe International Business School, Min Tang, Executive Vice Chairman of the YouChange Entrepreneur
Foundation, Gao Zhan, Executive Vice President of Grameen China, among others joined the launch event.
Shortly after the launch of Grameen China in Beijing, Professor Yunus travelled by bullet train
to Lukou Village in Jiangsu Province in the South of China more than 1000 kilometers from Beijing to see the operations of
Grameen China on the ground. Grameen has initiated a microcredit program in Lukou under direction of experienced staff from
Bangladesh. Professor Yunus was warmly received by the villagers on his arrival. In his trip from Beijing he was accompanied
by a group of 15 Journalists and several leading personalities in poverty alleviation in China. They held a workshop with
the villagers moderated by a famous TV personality Professor Huang Han. One major issue that emerged during the workshop was
that of the problem of young men leaving villages to go to cities attracted by higher income in the cities. Villages are left
to older people and women with children. Participants discussed about the creation of social businesses in the villages generating
attractive income for young people.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus
gave a public lecture at the Peking university. He is seen with the students and faculty of the University. Professor Yunus
has been the Visiting Professor at the university for the last eight years.