Yunus Honoured by PSG Handball Club of Paris for Supporting Athletes and Sports World with Social Business

Press Release (13th March, 2017)

Thierry Omeyer, three times Olympic medal winner, the captain of the Paris Saint-Germain Handball Club with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited by celebrated Paris Saint-Germain Handball Club (PSG Handball club) of Paris to watch the European Championship match against Kiel Club of Germany on March 12 as their honoured guest. PSG had been six times European Handball Champion.

Professor Yunus enjoyed the match which was easily won by PSG. Professor Yunus was invited by the club to meet the players at the end of the game to take pictures and was thanked for the support he is providing to the sports world. He was honoured by the club by adopting him as an honorary member of the Club and giving him the jersey of the club.  He is invited to watch all the games played by the club as the club’s honoured guest.

All the players greeted Yunus at the end of the game. Professor Yunus also congratulated them. They thanked Yunus for helping Paris to bring 2024 Olympic. On behalf of the club Olympic gold medalist Captain Thierry Omeyer gave the jersey of the club and adopted Yunus as a member of the club. They took a group photo with Yunus to make this moment as important moment of the club.

Professor Yunus also presided over a separate meeting held by Grameen Creative Lab (GCL) on the preparation for upcoming Global Social Business Summit to be held in Paris on November 6 and 7 this year. It was decided at the meeting that this year’s Summit will focus on introducing social orientation to the sports and athletic world. The summit will bring all these ideas to the Olympic of 2024 wherever it is held. If Paris is selected in September this year as the venue for the 2024 Olympic, Yunus Centre and GCL will work with Olympic organizing committee to give the best possible  social orientation to it to make it an unique Olympic experience.

During the global summit, a separate session will be held on the Olympic preparations. In addition it was decided that a big delegation of retired sportsmen and athletes will be brought who will start their life as entrepreneurs with support from a specially designed social business investment fund.  A delegation of sportsmen and athletes from Bangladesh will be brought by Yunus Centre to the summit in Paris to compete for receiving financing for their businesses.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus later attended the board meeting of Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation which was created nine years ago to promote microfinance all over the world. It is a joint venture between Credit Agricole, the largest commercial bank of France, and Grameen Trust of Bangladesh.

During the past nine years, the Foundation invested 37.05 million Euro in 50 microfinance organizations across 23 countries in four continents and in 15 Social Business Companies. Grameen Credit Agricole foundation will celebrate its Tenth anniversary next year. It was decided that Social Business fund which was created by the foundation to invest in social businesses, will focus its funding in Paris to build up Paris as social business city.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is seen among the players of Paris Saint-Germain Handball Club wearing the jersey of the Club all showing the logo of Paris Olympic 2024,  which is based on Eiffel Tower.

Yunus and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo launches French Social Business Initiatives

Press Release (12 March, 2017)

Paris Sets Vision of Inclusion and Innovation Ahead of Paris 2024 Olympic Bid

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Paris City Mayor Ms Anne Hidalgo during a meeting in Paris, France. Photo : Yunus Centre

Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo joined 100 of France’s leading social business entrepreneurs and organisations at Paris’ City Hall on March 10, 2017 to explore innovative ways to make the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games the most inclusive ever.

Yunus advises China to follow different development path to avoid wealth concentration in the hands of the few

Press Release (February 28, 2017)

Photo Caption : Top executives of key financial institutions of China with Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus in Beijing.

Sitting Left to right: Zhihong YI, Deputy President, Renmin University of China, Yingbi Duan, Chairman, China Foundation of Poverty Alleviation, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate, Madam Xiaoling WU, Standing Committee Member of National People's Congress (NPC) & Vice Chairwoman, NPC Finance and Economic Committee & Former Deputy Governor, The People's Bank of China, Qing WU, Chairman, Shanghai Stock Exchange, Duoguang BEI, President, Chinese Academy of Financial Inclusion. Standing left to right: Jun WANG, Adjunct Prof. Director of CEIBS-World Bank China Center for Financial Inclusion, CEIBS, Lamiya Morshed, ED, Yunus Center, Weixiong WU, Chairman, Hainan Rural Credit Union, Junfeng LI, DG, Financial Inclusion Department of CBRC, Long CHEN, CSO, Ant Finance, Ning TANG, Founder & CEO, CreditEase.

Grameen China and Zhongyuan Bank launch 6 branch Grameen microcredit program in Henan, China

Press Release (02 March, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was received by by the Secretary of theCommunist Party of China for Henan Province Mr Xie Fuzhan at the Party Committee's office in the capital city of Zhengzhou to discuss about the poverty alleviation strategies of China and the launch of a Grameen microcredit program in Henan as a collaboration between Grameen China and Zhongyuan Bank, a government owned bank of Henan.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhamamd Yunus was the chief guest at a high level launch event of a six branch Grameen style microcredit program in Henan Province, China on February 26 which is a collaboration between Henan commercial bank Zhongyuan Bank and Grameen China to bring much needed financial services to the rural poor in that province. Zhongyuan Bank is a new bank in Henan that was created in 2014 but last year posted a profit of US$ 3 billion. The bank which will finance the loan capital and operations of the new initiative which will be implemented by Grameen China invited Professor Yunus to their headquarters in Zhengzhou in Henan province to meet with the Chairman of the Bank, its president and staff and discuss the collaboration. Henan is a province in central China and considered the cradle of Chinese civilization with a recorded history of more than 3,000 years. The launch event was addressed by the Secretary of Henan provincial government, the Chairman, also the President of the bank attended by around 250 dignitaries in Zhengzhou City.

Yunus Draws Attention of Japanese Business Leaders to Ticking Time Bomb of Wealth Concentration

Press Release (26 February 2017)

Urges Change in Traditional Economic Thinking at Top Japanese Business Forum

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus with Mr. Fujio Cho, the chairman of Business University Forum (BUF) of Japan who is also the honorary chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation. Photo: Nasir Ali Mamun/ Yunus Centre

Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus expressed his worries about the fact that “only eight people in the world own more wealth than owned by bottom 50 percent of world population while delivering his Keynote speech on wealth concentration at the Business University Forum (BUF) in Japan on February 22, 2017. He said, ‘It is now a ticking time bomb. We must address this issue with highest importance. Otherwise we cannot stop social, economic, political explosions. tellyseries