Talent Reunion: A platform for smart networking

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Updated 10 March 2015
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Talent Reunion: A platform for smart networking

Talent Reunion is a new lifestyle networking platform that brings together various talents in a healthy environment, enabling them to share thoughts and their experiences. Dwelling on different lifestyle-oriented themes, the meeting is held every month in different countries, including Saudi Arabia.
A wide range of Saudi and expat talents from different backgrounds, ages, and working sectors attend the reunions. With meetings being widely successful, it has built its reputation as a lifestyle networking hub in Saudi Arabia. Yazan Jamous, founder of Talent Reunion in an interview with Arab News speaks about its creation and the long journey.

What is Talent Reunion? How did it start?
Talent Reunion is a non-profit lifestyle networking platform. It involves events held periodically in different countries in order to bring individuals, enterprises and community leading figures together at one place to refine talents and enhance successful business partnerships. It first started in the year 2010 in the UAE as a reunion of American University of Sharjah alumni. Later, in 2012, the first reunion was held outside the UAE in Saudi Arabia. It was a huge success in terms of the attendees’ qualities and community figures who joined the reunion. Since Saudi Arabia needed such a concept, the Talent Reunion was launched as a monthly event.

What made Talent Reunion a successful concept in Saudi Arabia?
The success of Talent Reunion is mainly due to the members and their enthusiasm for attending the events and hanging out. Their diversity in education, professionalism, backgrounds and hobbies makes discussions and topics go on and on. Moreover, they are eager to learn and meet new people.

What topics are discussed at the gathering?
All topics related to lifestyle. Like this year, we started with “Innovation of Money Making” in January and “Innovation of Food” in February, where everyone contributed the best of the best ideas. However, in the coming months, several topics such as diplomacy, design thinking, coffee, reading, recycling, arts, advertising, human resources, industries and music will be covered.

Who are Talents? What is Innovation?
Talents are individuals with a diverse profile. They have a strategic development set of mind with an aim to increase the awareness of intellectual abilities and inspire other individuals around them. Talent is a trivia word created as a theoretical model to promote and target a quality of mindset leaders. Innovation is the process where new talents meet in a new place to share new ideas. Meeting or reunion is designed in a way that facilitates the generation of innovative ideas, projects or collaborations.

Saudi culture is known to be very social. Why networking now?
Well, Saudi culture is social indeed. However, we are taking care of networking now more than ever because nowadays, with the notable increase of multiple uses of technology and various ways to contact each other, people have no time to meet — virtually or in reality. This has its bad influence on individuals and on society in general. I think it is great to get together again with friends from childhood or from different stages in life, and connect with other new friends in order to enlarge the normal circle of people we know. Moreover, this has a very good impact on everyone’s life directly or indirectly in many aspects, including both professionally and personally.

Why multicultural talents and different backgrounds, ages, and occupations?
Having different backgrounds, ages, and occupations helps us achieve our goal to build the biggest non-profit lifestyle networking platform that brings all individuals together at one place to refine talents and enhance successful business partnerships.

How can Talent Reunion be helpful to individuals?
Meeting new people, discussing and sharing new ideas during the reunion enriches the outlook toward society and helps in gaining knowledge on different topics. One can be a part of Talent Reunion by visiting our website www.TalentReunion.com

How many cities does Talent Reunion cover?
We have regular meetings in Jeddah, Riyadh, Madinah and Yanbu at present. However, we have a plan to expand locally and abroad very soon.

What is the 2015 plan?
This year is going to be a fruitful one; full of meetings and reunions. Month after month our agenda will be full of activities that have rich and entertaining content for talents. After the expansion we are planning to hold similar meetings in the Eastern Provinces, Dubai, Amman, and Beirut.

How do you see the future of Talent Reunion?
We see it as an international organization that links talents together, where individuals meet from all walks of life, and help each other find business colleagues and consultants.

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Bank lending for ‘real economy’ key to boost China growth: central bank official

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Bank lending for ‘real economy’ key to boost China growth: central bank official

  • ‘The central bank doesn’t wish to use administrative methods to require banks (to lend)’
  • Quantitative easing is neither necessary nor possible at the moment

SHANGHAI: China should encourage its banks to support smaller, private firms in the real economy, rather than forced lending or policies such as quantitative easing, a state newspaper quoted a central bank official as saying on Saturday.
“The central bank doesn’t wish to use administrative methods to require banks (to lend),” Sun Guofeng, head of the monetary policy department at the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), told the Financial News, a bank publication.
“It wants to establish positive encouragement mechanisms though monetary policy tools to encourage banks to actively increase their support for the real economy, especially toward smaller and privately-owned firms,” Sun said.
The comments come a month after Sun wrote a commentary in which he argued that problems with timely capital replenishment, bank liquidity gaps and poor rate “transmission” are three major constraints on banks’ supply of credit.
In the interview with the Financial News, Sun said monetary policy transmission had “noticeably improved,” showing that steps to enhance transmission mechanisms had been effective.
He said the central bank would increase the strength of innovation in monetary policy tools.
Perpetual bond issuance “is only one breakthrough” in reducing capital constraints on banks, Sun said, adding that “other methods” could be used in the future.
He said that quantitative easing was neither necessary nor possible at the moment, noting that under China’s financial system the significance of the central bank buying Chinese treasury bonds on the secondary market is limited, and that the PBOC is barred from buying the instruments on the primary market.
China’s banks made the most new loans on record in January following a series of moves to boost lending as authorities try to prevent a sharp slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.