Noticias — February 23, 2003

Brussels, Belgium?Collaboration Opportunities with Junior Achievement

During a successful visit to Belgium on February 17-19, JCI President Bruce Rector enjoyed the opportunity to meet several Belgium Members in Brussels, where he also met with Caroline A. Jenner, Executive Director of Junior Achievement Young Enterprise (JA-YE) in Europe. Belgium Junior Chamber President Dimitri Baeten and JCI Business Programs and Area D Director Michael Kern were also present at the meeting. The potential synergies between JCI and JA-YE were discussed. It was agreed that Director Kern would make a presentation of JCI at the JA-YE annual general meeting in Lugano in March. It was also decided that groups from both organization would work together to identify countries where JCI and JA-YE already have strong relationships. ?There is good existing cooperation between JCI and JA-YE in Norway, Malta, Austria, and Denmark,? pointed out JA-YE Executive Director Jenner. President Rector invited JA-YE to send two students to Birmingham to meet with him a follow him during the European JCI Conference. "I see many opportunities for JCI to work with Junior Achievement not only in Europe but around the world, and will make formalizing our relationship one of my priorities in 2003," said President Rector to JA-YE Executive Director Jenner. What is Junior Achievement International (JAI)? A not-for-profit organization with a private sector board of directors, Junior Achievement International is a registered non-governmental organization (NGO). International corporations, foundations, individuals and development organizations support it. In addition to the world headquarters office in Atlanta, Georgia, there are regional operating centers in Brussels, Belgium; Zlin, Czech Republic; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Accra, Ghana. Why Junior Achievement International? Young people who have been involved in Junior Achievement programs are ideal candidates for JCI membership. JAI is an excellent training ground for JCI members. On the other hand, JCI offers JAI participants a way to implement what they have learned through JAI and to continue growing as entrepreneurs. Junior Achievement International has become important in many countries for the following reasons: First, for many countries trying to attract foreign investment, Junior Achievement programs have a successful track record of promoting a pro-business climate, especially in developing countries. Second, Junior Achievement programs promote economic literacy, which eventually leads to sustained economic development. In fact, no country has ever had sustained economic development without a viable private sector. Finally, by bringing volunteers with business experience into the classroom to facilitate its programs, Junior Achievement International teaches the next generation of entrepreneurs, managers, policy makers and voters the value of free enterprise. Additional Meetings President Rector, Director Kern, and JCI Representative to the Eurochambres (ECC) Dimitri Verhoye later met with EuroChambres Representatives Skhan and Abrurizzi. After fruitful discussions, they agreed that JCI and EuroChambres would continue to collaborate on various projects. On the evening of February 19, President Rector met with approximately 100 JCI Members from France, Germany and Switzerland in Strasbourg. The event was hosted at the Strasbourg Chamber of Commerce Building.
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