Mancham to share stage with President Bill Clinton and China’s “Donald Trump”
(Seychelles News Agency)
(Seychelles News Agency) - Seychelles founding president Sir James Mancham is set to share the same podium with former US President Bill Clinton and China’s billionaire Yan Jiehe in Guangzhou, China next week. Mancham will be speaking at the 4th Huatuo CEO Forum which will be hosted by Jiehe under the theme “Multinational Development of Chinese Private Enterprises”.
Jiehe is a 54-year old former teacher has been dubbed as China’s “Donald Trump” courtesy of his business savvy. Today he is an influential Chinese construction magnate who chairs the powerful China Pacific Construction Group. In 2013 Jiehe’s company sales totalled $59.6billion. Kevin Rudd the former premier of Australia and former South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak together with several former Nobel laureates are expected to grace the forum.
Huatuo Forum is considered as a pinnacle business meeting within the Pacific region. Jiehe’s award winning streak and business acumen has seen the China Pacific group undertaking over 1000 major construction works and his company ranked among the top 200 in the world by Fortune 500. The latest milestone achievement by Jiehe’s firm is the massive metropolis in the Shaanxi province which will be created after 700 mountains have been flattened at an estimated cost of $16 billion.
Before leaving for Guangzhou Mancham and foreign affairs minister Jean Paul Adam will jointly host the Common Market of the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Retreat of Elders which begins on Monday here in Seychelles.
Before delivering his keynote address Mancham, Jiehe and Clinton are expected to share their thoughts on the “China in the World Today” which will be the major highlight of the forum.
Janet Napolitano the former US secretary of homeland security and Nobel laureates Prof. Thomas Sargent and Edmund Phelps are also scheduled to speak at the forum.
Meanwhile Mancham has confirmed that his new book - “Seychelles: The saga of a small nation navigating through the cross-currents of a big world” will be launched in Seychelles in September 2014. The book is published by US publisher, Paragon House who also published Mancham’s other book “Seychelles Global Citizen: The autobiography of the founding president.”