Luay Abu-Ghazaleh: Today Our Relations with China are Stronger than Ever
AMMAN - HE Mr. Luay Abu-Ghazaleh, vice chair of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) said, "Since the beginning, we were keen to establish a comprehensive partnership with our Chinese counterpart and today our relations with China are stronger than ever."
Speaking at a seminar that marks the 40 years of diplomatic relations between Jordan and China organized by Al Rai Center for Studies, Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh affirmed TAG-Org’s keenness to maintain good relations with China which was the main drive for the Organization to expand its presence in this great country.
"In 2003, we have opened three offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong and we have been serving more than quarter of a million Chinese companies since 1972 through Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP)," he said.
"We highly respect the great Chinese civilization starting with its language and that is why Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Confucius Institute was established to teach the Chinese language and culture; we have also partnered with Hanban and Shenyang Normal University and today with the excellent cooperation and relation between Amman and Beijing, more Jordanian young people are beginning to excel in learning Chinese," he added.
Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh expressed readiness to provide Chinese courses in other Arab countries, adding that TAG-Org is working on teaching Arabic in China as per the directives of HM King Abdullah II.
"Education has always been a priority for HM King Abdullah II and we are currently working on providing accredited courses in Arabic in China and we hope to have a network of Chinese schools here similar to the British and American schools," he said.
"We hope to receive the support of China in producing a Phablet which is a combination of a phone and tablet that can be used by students everywhere, a step forward towards the Smart School Bag," he added.
Since 2009, the Chinese Embassy in Amman and TAG-Org opened Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Chinese Visa Section (TAG-Visa) as the only center for travelers to China in Jordan.
"We had the honor of receiving Vice Premier Liu Yandong during her official visit to Jordan in which she and the accompanying delegation visited TAG Confucius and Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University. We are proud that HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of TAG-Org, was presented with the “China-Arab Friendship Outstanding Contribution Award” during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Egypt in 2016," Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh said.
For his part, the Chinese Ambassador to Jordan HE Mr. Pan Weifang underlined the relations between Jordan and China and that this unique partnership will be beneficial for the two nations.
Meanwhile, HE Mr. Issa Murad, Member of the Jordanian Senate and Chairman of Amman Chamber of Commerce commended the role of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization in teaching Chinese to Jordanians and introducing the Chinese culture.
Participants from public and private sectors underlined the impact of Chinese economy on world markets and its vital importance to the Jordanian economy in particular.