BRIDGING THE SKILLS GAP AND SPURRING JOB CREATION IN JAKARTA

Kuala Lumpur & Jakarta | 19 - 30 Nov 2018

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In November, GIFT ran its inaugural ASEAN Young Leaders Programme (YLP). The cohort comprised 30 public and private sector professionals from seven countries who developed their leadership skills through a series of rigorous, classroom-based sessions in Kuala Lumpur and an immersive business project aimed at bridging the skills gap and spurring job creation in Jakarta.

Following a massive reduction in Indonesia’s poverty rate in the last two decades, one in every five Indonesians now belongs to the world’s fourth largest “middle-class”. Despite a sustained period of growth, a number of key challenges including widespread employment remain. In partnership with the Municipal Government, the YLP cohort created a business model to upskill the unemployed and under employment in Jakarta and other urban hubs in Indonesia and the wider region.

MODULE ONE
Challenging Conventional Wisdom

In Module One, participants were provided a platform to engage in candid discussions, role play and debate on trends shaping the ASEAN region and the world. Participants were encouraged to think deeper about their role as leaders and their impact within their organisation and towards society through real-time feedback provided by GIFT facilitators. They were also treated to insights from distinguished guest speakers from diverse industries.

DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKERS

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Sim S. Lim
Country Head, DBS Singapore

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Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar
Former Head of Securities Commission Malaysia

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Premesh Chandran
Co-Founder of MalaysiaKini and kini.tv

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Sunny Verghese
Co-Founder and Group CEO of OLAM International

MODULE TWO
Jakarta, Indonesia

After a week of dynamic classroom sessions, participants transitioned to Module Two by travelling to Jakarta to immerse themselves in the experiential component of the YLP. In Jakarta, participants met with a diverse range of stakeholders to develop a better understanding of the project scope and current landscape of the city.

Participants met with communities in the slums to better understand the obstacles to obtaining a job in Jakarta. These communities were followed by entrepreneurs whom have expanded businesses under the guidance of PKT (Integrated Entrepreneurship Development), a Jakarta government initiative designed to foster entrepreneurship. They also met with Government agencies involved in catalysing entrepreneurship, as well as private and civil society stakeholders who contribute efforts to the same cause.

Government site visit - participants met with the agencies in charge of the development of Jakarta Smart City, MSME, Economic Bureau, Manpower & Labour, and Trade & Industry to understand the socioeconomic landscape of Jakarta

Community visit - participants visited communities in the slums to understand their current situation and challenges in obtaining jobs in Jakarta

Private enterprises & foundations - participants learnt about alternative support provided to spur entrepreneurship and job creation through meetings with private enterprises and foundations

Entrepreneurs - participants met with successful entrepreneurs who went through PKT training, a government initiative to foster entrepreneurship

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Dharnesh Gordhon
CEO of Nestle Indonesia

CREATING NEW BUSINESS MODELS

Programmes designed by GIFT are linked to a real-world project so as to push participants to think out of their comfort zone. The project drives them to address a specific problem statement through a cross-fertilisation of ideas.

Participants met carefully selected stakeholders at the beginning of Module Two to ensure that they would be informed of the current landscape and understood the core issues. Ideas conceived by participants as they generated solutions were repeatedly questioned to challenge them until they arrived at a consensus on the business plan best suited for Jakarta and our project partner, the Jakarta Municipal Government.

FINAL FORUM

The ASEAN YLP culminated in a public forum, where key highlights of the output were presented to an audience of 200 guests from across the Government, private and civil society sector. Participants also had the honour of sharing the output with the Governor of Jakarta, Bpk Anies Baswedan through a private audience before the forum began. The presentation was then followed by Q&A.

The refined business plan will be shared on this page shortly. Feel free to contact us at giftasean@global-inst.com for more information about this and other programmes.

THE NEXT 20 YEARS OF SUSTAINABLE APPLE SUPPLY IN CHINA

Hong Kong & China  |  22 Oct - 2 Nov 2018

In October and November 2018, GIFT’s 60th Global Leaders Programme (GLP) brought together 24 global executives to undertake a project aimed at developing a sustainable supply chain for apple production in Xianyang, Shaanxi Province and Yongji, Shanxi Province in China.

The programme was conducted in partnership with Austria Juice, one of the largest producers of apple juice concentrate in Europe, and Puhan Cooperative, a multifunctional agricultural cooperative based in Yongji, Shanxi. The business model proposed by the participants suggests a 20-year cooperation between Austria Juice and Puhan Cooperative. It aims to help Austria Juice secure a stable supply of apples that are produced with a focus on environmental protection and social impact that responds to the challenges of smallholder farming in China. Through the cooperation and by scaling Puhan’s cooperative model it also helps to connect smallholder farmers to a modern value chain thus providing them with a stable income and healthy community living in Xianyang and Yongji.

You can read the full business plan in English and Chinese, as well as the executive summary below.


MODULE ONE - CHALLENGING CONVENTIONAL WISDOM

In Module One, participants took part in candid discussions about the trends shaping Asia and the world, learned from the insights of prominent guest speakers, and reconsidered their behaviours as leaders through self-awareness and feedback from GIFT facilitators. These mind-set shifts prepare participants for the work they will do for the experiential component: developing a business model for sustainable apple production in Xianyang and Yongji.

DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKERS

Joseph Phi, President, LF Logistics described what effective leadership means in a volatile world.

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Keith Richburg, Director of Journalism and Media Studies Centre, the University of Hong Kong spoke vividly about his vast experience in journalism.

Albert Wong, CEO, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks talked about innovation in the context of Hong Kong and China.

MODULE TWO: SHAANXI & SHANXI, CHINA

After a week of classroom sessions, participants travelled to Shaanxi province in China to take part in the experiential component of the GLP. Participants met with project stakeholders, which in this case were Austria Juice and their factory staff, Yongshou county farmers who are their suppliers, and government officials and apple-related corporations in the area. After that, they visited Puhan Cooperative in Yongji in Shanxi province to meet their chairperson Madame Zheng Bing and to see how a cooperative organises farmers in a way that minimises costs, improves farming practices, and raises their standard of living.

Austria Juice factory - participants met with Austria Juice staff, learnt about the processes of apple juice concentrate production, and spoke with the Yongshou Fruit Bureau chief.

Apple collection point - participants spoke with farmers at an apple collection point, and a so-called “Apple King” who manages some 60 of these collection points for Austria Juice. They also met with the Shaanxi Apple Group (Shaanguo) and visited their large scale commercial apple farm.

Puhan Cooperative - Cooperative Chair Madame Zheng Bing spoke to participants candidly about how Puhan evolved - from a dancing class to what is now a cooperative that organises 3800 households in Yongji. Participants then met with apple farmers, cooperative staff, and visited their service centre as well as an odourless pig farm that is using a fermentation bed technique.

Yuanjia Village - This village showcases another model for cooperative organisation. Each household is given the necessary support by the village cooperative to start their business in the village. Villagers also act as shareholders in some businesses. Yuanjia Village has since garnered national attention as a new model for rural development. Mr. Guo Ben, Deputy Chief of the village talked about their concept of a “Huxiang University” - a place where “crazy ideas” (“huxiang”) are merited.

CREATING NEW BUSINESS MODELS

Each Global Leaders Programme designed by GIFT is tied to a real-world field project emphasising the need for participants to break-free from the comfort of their respective industries and to address the issues surrounding the country through a cross-fertilisation of ideas.

The site visits inform participants to come up with business models best suited to the nature of the country and that leverages existing expertise from our partners. Teams brainstorm ideas to come up with five different business models, and over the week consolidate these into one final business model and business plan and pitch this to our partners - Austria Juice and Puhan Cooperative.

FINAL FORUM

The programme culminated with an Open Forum, where participants presented the key highlights of their business model to an audience of Austria Juice management, Puhan Cooperative staff and farmers, and Yuanjia Village representatives. The presentation was then followed by Q&A.

The proposed business plan suggests a 20-year cooperation between Austria Juice and Puhan Cooperative. It suggests a model where Austria Juice and Puhan would exchange expertise and Puhan would allocate farmland dedicated to supplying apples for industrial use. In the future there is potential for the creation of a Xianyang Cooperative that would emulate Puhan’s model to meet the remaining demand for Austria Juice. Ultimately the model would be fulfilling many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (such as reducing poverty and sustainable livelihoods and equitable growth) thereby raising the profile of both parties.

The refined business plan will be shared on this page shortly. Feel free to contact us at enquiry@global-inst.com for more information about this and other programmes.

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