03.08.2018 : Mayors' Club

Five years after the announcement of the Chinese President Xin Jinping to support the revitalization of the historic Silk Road by a billion US $ investment - now in 2018 in Astana/Kazakhstan 60 mayors of cities along the Silk Road gathered to sign a memorandum for a joint Club ( see more : www.dailymotion.com/video/x6nihg5)

Prof. Dr.B.Hallier - participating as a guest at the Mayors' Round Table - sees a parallel in this action to the Hanse-Organization during the Middle ages which at that time was the driver of innovation and globalization around the Baltic Sea ( see also :www.european-retail-academy.org/BUN ) ."Cities can act jointly solving problems by creating cross-border solutions; University Networks of Applied Sciences can help in this dialogue" Hallier stated.

03.07.2018 : Shine Astana

The City of Astana was founded as the new capital of Kazakhstan after the collaps of the Soviet-Union. Within its twenty years of existance it got already a high image due to its futuristic sky-line, its Global Summits supported by the group of Astana Nobel Laureates and finally in 2017 by the EXPO.

For the 20th Anniversary of Astana in 2018 Sir Karl Jenkins , one of the greatest modern composers, created the oratorio "Shine Astana" which was performed by a combination of 500 singers from choirs from 10 Silk Road countries and by 300 musicians. Its premire took place at the First Silk Road Mayors Joint Conference which according to Prof.Dr.B.Hallier was a historic and cultural highland for all the region.

06.06.2018 : China

The name "Silk Road" derives from the lucrative Chinese silk-business : exports around Asia, Middle East, Africa and via the Mediteranean Sea to Europe. It was started during the Han dynasty in 114 BC by the Chinese imperial envoy Zhan Qian.

But also today China is a strong trade player having completed for example 1.1 million square-meters Shopping Center space in Shanghai, 801.540 in Beijing and 637.112 in Chongqing.Prof.B.Hallier promoted the dialogue by visiting China since 1974 (partnering later with the Tongi University Shanghai or Harbin University) and inviting Chinese delegations to EuroShop - as seen at the pic in the middle of this news.

04.05.2018 : Retail India

According to Retail Planet the growth of turnover in retail uptill 2021 will be lead by India with 76 percent, followed by China with 52 percent. In online-retail India is expected to grow by 407 percent in front of Turkey with 198 percent, Russia by 176 percent, being followed by China with 153 percent.

In organized retail, according to the magazine Retail Asia in India, the Future Group (Big Bazaar) leads with a turnover of 3.1 billion US $ and 1.146 outlets, being followed by the Tata Group (2.4 billion/1.352 outlets), Reliance Retail (1.9/ 3.500 outlets) and Godrej & Boyce (1.3 million/ 733 outlets).


03.04.2018 : Silk Road India

In India, twenty places across seven states are linked to the history of the ancient Silk Road . Those states are: Bihar, Jummu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Puduccherry, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Excavations go back to the periods of Maurya-dynasty (3rd century BC) and to the Gupta-dynasty (7th century AC).

The remains of the Vikramshila Ancient University in Bihar are also famous. They are a part of a monastry, that is 330 meters in length to each side, of a square hosting 208 rooms. The library building was air conditioned by cooled water.


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