Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks at Combating Wildlife Trafficking Event

ADMINISTRATOR ZHAO: (Via translator) Vice Premier Liu Yandong, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Secretary John Kerry, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, we are very glad to have with you here on this U.S.-China event combating wildlife trafficking, which is aimed at raising the awareness of the international community and the general public to participate in and to support the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking, and to protect wildlife resources. Let us express our warm welcome and sincere thanks to Vice Premier Liu, State Councilor Yang, and Secretary Kerry. (Applause.)

Now, I first give the floor to State Councilor Yang Jiechi. (Applause.)

STATE COUNCILOR YANG: (Via translator) Vice Premier Liu, Secretary Kerry, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, friends, I am glad to attend this event combating wildlife trafficking.

The planet Earth is a common home to the mankind and to the nature. To protect wildlife is an effort to protect our partners and neighbors on this planet Earth, and that we should not allow the human being to become the only and lonely residents of this planet Earth. The Chinese Government attaches great importance to the protection of wildlife. We are promoting ecological civilization. We very much cherish the nature, as were – as our traditions.

To protect wildlife is imperative to Chinese effort to promote ecological civilization and promote long-term sustainable development of the economy and the society. China will continue to (inaudible) legislations, promote ecological civilization, save endangered species, and at the same time, will fulfill international obligations in engaging more international cooperation to fight against wildlife trafficking, in particular those cross-border ones.

China and the United States are working to protect wildlife as part of our efforts to implement the agreement between our two presidents, and to promote a new type of major country relations. In 1985, China and U.S. signed a protocol on nature protection, and in 2013 wildlife protection has become an agenda item on the China-U.S. strategic dialogue.

During this round of dialogue our respective agencies have had productive consultation on combating wildlife trafficking, which laid down a new foundation for all future efforts to expand the cooperation and coordinate actions. In the future, China will continue to resolutely fight against the illegal trading of ivory and related products. We will strictly prohibit the sales of ivory from unknown sources and their products, and the illegal purchase of ivory will be regarded as a criminal act and will be severely punished. We will play a more active role in curbing the illegal trade of ivory, as well as the poaching of African elephant.

The protection of wildlife is a global project, and all countries need to work consistently and make joint efforts. China is ready to work closely with the United States, as well as other members of the international community, to make greater contribution to the improvement of the ecological system throughout the world, and a sustainable development of the mankind. Thank you. (Applause.)

ADMINISTRATOR ZHAO: Thank you, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, for your remarks. Now I will give the floor to Secretary Kerry. (Applause.)

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much. It is a great privilege for me to be here with Vice Premier Yandong. Thank you very much for being here. And also, State Councilor Yang. Thank you, State Councilor, for your very powerful statement a moment ago underscoring the importance of what we are trying to achieve here, underscoring the strong commitment of China to combating wildlife trafficking, and particularly enforcing ivory trade controls. Wildlife trafficking does not exist in a vacuum. It is connected with many of the other 21st century challenges that we face, including terrorism. And it demands a common response.

I am very, very delighted that Yao Ming could be here with us today. He is the small guy sitting up here in front. (Applause.) We are very delighted that he could be here today. He is a terrific model of how an athlete can harness his celebrity and capture the public’s attention on an issue. And I think all of us in this room are particularly grateful for his personal commitment, and for the very direct truth, the candor that he brings to this cause. Yao has personally seen the ravages of this particular crime. He has visited Africa, he has seen, particularly, the bodies of dead elephants. And he knows that reducing demand and ramping up law enforcement are the two key essential ingredients of any strategy to try and meet this kind of challenge.

Combating wildlife trafficking is a responsibility for every single person. Everybody can become a law enforcement person. In the social media age, everybody has an ability to hold people accountable for what is happening. I remember well personally, when my wife Teresa and I visited a wildlife preserve, and we went on a safari about seven years ago. I remember being struck and saddened at the same time by the extraordinary story after story after story of animals being criminally slaughtered into near extinction. And that is why, during my last year as Chairman of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I convened the first-ever Senate wildlife trafficking hearing, in order to try and give publicity and visibility to this issue.

Last year, we held a break-out session here – not here, but it was in Washington, but as part of the S&ED, the Strategic and Economic Dialogue between the United States and China. And we held it on wildlife trafficking. And since then, our two countries have come together to take concrete action. And I am particularly grateful that, here in Beijing today, we are making this joint announcement and coming together as part of the economic dialogue in order to show how great nations can cooperate on great challenges.

Through groundbreaking efforts – enhancing law enforcement, raising public awareness, and each of us destroying about six tons of confiscated ivory stocks – we have been able to show the world that we mean business. Through a groundbreaking global law enforcement operation called Cobra II, we have launched investigations that have led to hundreds of arrests, and major wildlife seizures. And we are on track to make even greater progress by next year’s dialogue.

Standing together, the United States and China are sending a simple, but a very powerful message: We need to stop the poachers and the profits that come from wildlife trafficking. And while the threat extends beyond elephants, the fact is that ivory has become today’s blood diamond. Each of us have a responsibility to combat this. It is, frankly, one of the most tragic and outrageous assaults on our shared sense of global responsibility, responsibility for the environment, responsibility for the species. And it is one of the most severe that I have witnessed in my lifetime. Unbelievable numbers of poachers, almost declaring war against innocent animals, simply for the greed.

President Obama is deeply committed to this effort, and that’s why he issued a landmark executive order last year to combat wildlife trafficking, demonstrating that the United States’ resolve to strengthen enforcement, to reduce demand, and to promote partnerships regarding wildlife trafficking is strong, firm, and it will be a commitment of duration.

In February, President Obama released a National Strategy on Wildlife Trafficking that includes a near total ban on commercial trade in ivory. And the good news is we are not in this fight alone. The United States and China, together, are building on the network of partners like Kenya, Gabon, and the Philippines, each of which has destroyed its ivory stocks in recent years. And we hope to continue our work with China at the APEC conference and in other multilateral meetings over the course of this year and next.

Make no mistake, all of us have a responsibility to do more and to do it faster. The numbers of tigers and rhinoceri – I mean, there’s just extraordinary assault on various animals around the world. And the scale and the sophistication of elephant and rhino poaching is accelerating at an alarming pace. Not only are these majestic animals disappearing before us, but the explosion in trafficking is actually undermining the security of range states, and it is imperiling those whose livelihoods depend on these great creatures to attract people to come and simply witness their beauty.

One thing is clear: Consumers also bear responsibility for the market incentives that the traffickers respond to. The grim reality is that the prices for ivory and for rhino horn are actually going up. They are skyrocketing. And that, in turn, leads to more involvement of more transnational organized criminals who are looking for bigger return on their investment. It provides more corruption, and corruption provides more collateral damage.

So, wildlife trafficking, yes, it’s a conservation problem. But it’s also an economic problem, it’s a health problem, it’s a security problem. Our governments and citizens cannot afford to stand idly by while sadistic poachers and wildlife traffickers destabilize entire regions with their activities, threaten the lives of innocent citizens of those areas, undermine economic development, and hunt elephants, rhinos, tigers, bears, sharks, or other species to the point of extinction. Leaders everywhere have a responsibility to step up and meet this challenge, and I am pleased that here in Beijing today, China and the United States are making clear that we intend to do our part. We are committed, and we ask all of us to move forward together to win this victory. Thank you. (Applause.)

ADMINISTRATOR ZHAO: (Via translator) Thank you, Secretary Kerry. Now let’s welcome Vice Premier Liu Yandong. (Applause.)

VICE PREMIER LIU: (Via translator) The Honorable Secretary Kerry, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it’s my pleasure to attend the event combating wildlife trafficking. As State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Secretary Kerry pointed out, to protect the nature and achieve harmonious coexistence between man and nature is the common aspiration of the international community. China has advocated harmony between man and nature, and believe that mankind and animals and plants are part of the nature. To protect the wildlife is to protect the homeland of mankind, and also human civilizations.

The Chinese Government has attached great importance to the protection of wildlife. In the early days of the People’s Republic, we released the ways of protecting the rare animals and plants. In 1988, the law on the protection of wild animals was promulgated. Now we have a complete legal system and system of protection for wildlife.

Since the third session of the (inaudible) central committee, we have deepened reform of the conservation culture, improved the system of conservation culture, improved the protection mechanism of the environment, and formed a new (inaudible) of harmonious development between man and nature. China has taken an active part in international cooperation. It has acceded to the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, and other conventions, as well as inter-governmental as well as international organizations and agreements. We have joined more than 20 countries in jointly fighting the illegal trading of wildlife. We need to give more publicity to the protection of wildlife, so that it will become the voluntary action of every citizen.

Now we have almost one million volunteers getting involved in this job. For example, Mr. Yao Ming has been very committed to the protection of wildlife. He has used the media to give more publicity to the protection of wildlife. His action has encouraged the children, the youth, to participate in this work. And also, Liu Xiao Ling Tong is a famous actor of China, and he acted the character of Monkey King, who has great wisdom and fight many ghosts and spirits in the Chinese legend. And his character has told us that we need to protect the environment and protect the wildlife. I believe they are the most outstanding representatives of the Chinese volunteers in protecting the wildlife. I believe the one million volunteers will be dedicated to the protection of wildlife.

There are many touching stories about protecting wildlife and regarding the homeland of mankind. China is the largest developing country, and the United States the largest developed country. In protecting the wildlife, we have important responsibilities and have carried out very good cooperation. I hope this event will encourage more people in our two countries to be involved in the protecting of wildlife, enhance our cooperation in this area, and open new prospects in combating illegal trading of wildlife, so as to guard our common home, the Earth, and make more contribution to harmony between man and nature. I hope our cooperation will encourage more cooperation in the world to jointly defend our homeland. Thank you all. (Applause.)

ADMINISTRATOR ZHAO: Thank you, Vice Premier Liu Yandong, for your remarks. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, to protect wildlife is to protect our common home. Vice Premier Liu Yandong, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Secretary Kerry have elaborated on the necessity and urgency to combat illegal trading of wildlife. They have also expressed (inaudible) hope for our two sides to implement the agreement and take concrete actions and make joint efforts to end the urgent situation in the wildlife protection and make our common home a better place. Thank you.

Now Vice Premier Liu Yandong, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Secretary Kerry will take a group photo. (Applause.)

Asia Plantation Capital Patchouli Oil Achieves Premium Grade

SINGAPORE, July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Asia Plantation Capital has been developing sustainable, organic, Patchouli oil production on its plantations for the last year. Patchouli oil is extracted from the leaves of the perennial patchouli bush (which regrows) allowing the leaves to be harvested, sustainably, every 3 to 4 months.

The recent harvest and production of Patchouli oil, by Asia Plantation Capital, on its plantations in Sri Lanka has been certified as premium grade by independent analysts at the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI), Colombo.

When analysed via mass spectrometry by the ITI, samples of our oil tested positive for the major compounds of Patchouli oil.

Of these compounds, Patchouli alcohol is the main constituent which determines the quality of the oil. Consequently, the price of the Patchouli oil strongly depends on the ratio of Patchouli alcohol present in the oil.

Spectrometry results clearly indicate the high content of patchouli oil (0.53%) and patchouli alcohol (54.56%) in the oil sample which was taken after the distillation process. A patchouli alcohol content of over 30% is considered excellent quality.

These results show that the cultivation of patchouli for commercial oil extraction in Sri Lanka is a viable proposition.

This is a significant breakthrough for Asia Plantation Capital in Sri Lanka. We already cultivate Patchouli in Thailand and are now gearing up to follow our success in the production of high quality Oud oil with large scale production of Patchouli; for Sri Lanka, this can be particularly beneficial as it can create a new, high quality crop to boost exports and the rural economy.

Lalith Ganlath, Attorney for Asia Plantation Capital in Colombo, says, “It’s a pleasure to see the hard work of the Sri Lankan, Asia Plantation Capital team paying off in Sri Lanka, on the back of plantation projects which the Company operates in other parts of South East Asia, and helping to contribute research and innovation to the country’s agricultural export markets. I am very keen to help promote this project and encourage out-growers to cultivate the Patchouli, which can become part of their existing agroforestry incomes. It will also help maximise land use and returns for rural farmers, with Asia Plantation Capital agreeing to buy back the dry leaves which can be harvested every 3 months.”

Asia Plantation Capital already has its own distribution offices, retail shops and warehouses in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the USA, supplying the industry. It is well set to become a major supplier of sustainable Patchouli oil, traceable to the source of production Patchouli oil is one of the most widely used oils in the international Fragrance industry and has a forecast industry value of over $46 billion in 2018 (Source: Industry Analyst’s Inc.). Interestingly, Patchouli oil is one of the few natural essential oils which cannot be reproduced in any high quality, synthetically, for use in perfumes; making the demand for this excellent oil relatively assured.

Over the next year, the Company aims to establish over 5,000 acres of Patchouli fields using a combination of their own lands in South East Asia and out grower schemes in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia. All production for the plantations will be supplied with Certificate of Origin, Certificate of Analysis (CofA), Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for exports and Flow of Processing and Product Specification. In addition, the oil will be packaged under the Group’s perfume brand, “Fragrance Du Bois” and branded, “Patchouli Du Bois” as a further stamp of guaranteed quality which has been a key to the success in globally marketing the Company’s other essential oils such as Oud (agarwood) and also infected wood chips.

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Tackling Asia’s Customer Experience Management Challenges

SINGAPORE, July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In a world of rising customer expectations, greater customer choice and increased transparency, businesses are facing fiercer competition.

According to a recent study, 95% of business managers in Asia said customer experience management will be important to their organisation in 2014. 59% of organisations already have a comprehensive CEM programmes in place. Being able to differentiate your company and gain business advantage through CEM has become a truly urgent priority for many businesses.

IQPC is proud to announce the return of the region’s most anticipated event on CEM – 2nd annual Customer Experience Management Asia Summit (www.customerexperienceasia.com).

Returning from an incredibly successful launch last year, the summit has been carefully designed to help senior CEM professionals navigate the rapidly evolving Asian customer landscape to build a customer-centric culture, unlock customer insights and new revenue streams with social media and big data, and enhance customer advocacy via integrated omni-channel.

This year, in order to ensure a fruitful discussion, we have included an unprecedented C-level conversation panel, designated B2B/B2C streams, five different themed workshops and interactive roundtable discussions. In addition, you will hear first-hand insights from New York Times bestselling author, Ron Kaufman, and more than 30 global and regional CEM pioneers, such as Donna Peeples, Chief Customer Officer at AIG, Amy Shi-Nash, Chief of Data Scientist

R&D Lab at Singtel, Rimzie Ismail, Head of Customer Affairs & Service Initiatives at Dubai Airport, Anna-Karin Birnik, Head Brand Experience, Standard Chartered Bank and many more.

The technology underpinning the CEM space is another huge area for learning. At the summit, you can update yourself on the latest innovations and benchmark your practices with you regional counterparts.

Do not miss this opportunity to network with international and regional experts, forge new relationships and equip yourself with knowledge and skills to drive CEM and foster long-term success for your organisation.

Registration for Customer Experience Management Asia Summit is now open at www.customerexperienceasia.com. The full programme is also available for download. In addition, visitors can access the full speaker list. For further information, contact enquiry@iqpc.com.sg.

Event: 2nd annual Customer Experience Management Asia Summit
Dates: 13-16 October 2014
Venue: Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Singapore
Website: www.customerexperienceasia.com

Abbott and Fonterra to Form Strategic Alliance for Dairy Farming in China

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. and AUCKLAND, New Zealand, July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Abbott (NYSE: ABT) and Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd today announced the signing of an agreement to develop a proposed dairy farm hub in China. The strategic alliance, which is subject to Chinese regulatory approval, will leverage Fonterra’s expertise in dairy nutrition and farming in China and Abbott’s continued commitment to business development in China. 

Dairy consumption in China has been rising steadily over the past 10 years. The continued development of safe, high-quality milk sources is essential to meeting this growing demand from Chinese consumers. Abbott and Fonterra are pleased to be able to work together and, through this alliance, make a positive contribution to the growth and development of China’s dairy industry.

“This would be Fonterra’s third farm hub in China and will complement our existing farming operations in Shanxi and Hebei Provinces that have been very successful,” said Theo Spierings, chief executive, Fonterra. “Farming hubs are a key part of our strategy to be a more integrated dairy business in Greater China, contribute to the growth and development of the local Chinese dairy industry, and help meet local consumers’ needs for safe, nutritious dairy products.”

“We’re pleased to partner with Fonterra, a global leader in dairy science, on this alliance to build dairy capacity in China,” said Miles D. White, chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. “This is a very important step in our growing commitment to Chinese consumers.”

Both companies will work with Chinese regulators to obtain necessary approvals through the course of the project’s development.

If approved, Abbott and Fonterra will form a joint venture to invest a combined US$300 million (NZ$342 million or 1.8 billion RMB) into the farm hub, which will contain up to five dairy farms and more than 16,000 dairy milking cattle in production, producing up to 160 million liters of milk annually. The herd for this hub will comprise animals either imported, or sourced from Fonterra’s existing farm hubs. All dairy cattle will have genetics traceable to New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Europe.

As the world’s largest global milk processor and dairy exporter, Fonterra brings industry-leading dairy standards and practices to farm operations. The Fonterra-Abbott joint venture will operate the farm hub in China to these same standards to produce high-quality dairy. 

Pending regulatory approval, the first farm is expected to be completed and producing milk in the first half of 2017 and the remaining farms will commence production in 2018.

Abbott and Fonterra have a long history in China and have made substantial commercial and social investments in the country.

About Fonterra
Fonterra is a global leader in dairy nutrition – the preferred supplier of dairy ingredients to many of the world’s leading food companies. Fonterra is also a market leader with our own consumer dairy brands in Australia/New Zealand, Asia/Africa, Middle East and Latin America. 

The farmer-owned New Zealand co-operative is the largest processor of milk in the world, producing more than two million tonnes of dairy ingredients, value added dairy ingredients, specialty ingredients and consumer products every year. Drawing on generations of dairy expertise, Fonterra is one of the largest investors in dairy based research and innovation in the world. Our more than 16,000 staff work across the dairy spectrum from advising farmers on sustainable farming and milk production, to ensuring we live up to exacting quality standards and delivering every day on our customer promise in more than 100 markets around the world.

About Abbott
Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 69,000 people.

In China, Abbott has more than 4,000 employees working in manufacturing, research and development, logistics, sales and marketing. Primary locations in China are in Shanghai, Beijing and Jiaxing.

Visit Abbott at www.abbott.com and www.abbott.com.cn, and connect with us on Twitter at @AbbottNews.

Abbott Builds Long-Term Commitment in China

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today’s announcement of a proposed strategic alliance with Fonterra to develop dairy farms is the latest in a series of investments Abbott (NYSE: ABT) has made in China, deepening its commitment in the country. In June, Abbott opened a state-of-the-art nutritional manufacturing facility in Jiaxing, and earlier this year, Abbott opened two research and development centers in Shanghai. In 2014, Abbott has announced more than US$400 million (2.5 billion RMB) of investments in its China operations.

Abbott has made these investments in order to improve people’s nutrition and health, and further establish the company as a long-term partner in China’s development. Today, Abbott has more than 4,000 employees in China. Abbott investments and engagements in China include:

  • Collaboration with the government since 2008 to strengthen nutritional science and testing capabilities, and share technical expertise to promote food safety.
  • Operation of a medical optics facility in Hangzhou, a pharmaceutical facility in Shanghai, and new research and development centers for its nutrition and diagnostics businesses in Shanghai.
  • Creation of the Abbott Crossroads Institute training center in Shanghai, which educates healthcare providers in coronary, endovascular and structural heart interventions.
  • Implementation of innovative initiatives across Abbott’s China manufacturing operations to reduce emissions, water use and waste, and to make product packaging more sustainable.
  • Establishment of the Abbott Fund Institute of Nutrition Science (AFINS), in partnership with Shanghai Children’s Medical Center and the global non-profit organization Project HOPE. The partnership, which operated from 2007 through this year, strengthened clinical pediatric nutrition practices, training, research and community outreach.

“Our goal is to help people live healthier lives,” said Miles D. White, chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. “That means investing in the countries where we live and work. We’re committed to using our science, our product quality and educational efforts to raise the level of health in China and around the world.”