Young people in China are being encouraged to broaden their career horizons in the era of the Belt and Road Initiative.
A school in Hong Kong wants to help its students widen their
career development scope by not only focusing on the domestic job market
but also on regions along the Belt and the Road network. With this aim,
Lok Sin Tong Yu Kan Hing Secondary School recently took 10 of its 800
students to Kenya for a six-day study tour.
Hong Kong aims to become an important Belt and Road hub and the
tour was carried out under Hong Kong Youth "New Runway" program. This
provides support for students in secondary schools or higher education
institutions in Hong Kong to take part in study tours in Belt and Road
countries, including Eastern Europe, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the
Middle East and Africa.
It aims to achieve a "people-to-people bond" as well as enrich knowledge among young people.
Through the program, they can learn about current developments
and the future potential for Chinese talent, businessmen and
entrepreneurs in Belt and Road countries.
According to Huang Shiyun, an English teacher at the school, the
ultimate goal of the program is to help the young people to gain a
better understanding of the future development of China as well as
develop a sense of perspective on their individual career development
Huang says the program, which is fully funded by Raymond Lee
Charitable Foundation, aims to support students from 100 Hong Kong
During the Kenya tour, the students learned about the culture and
history of the country as well as the customs and lifestyle of the
local people. They also explored the role of Kenya in the Belt and Road
Initiative as well as the development of economic and cultural ties
between China and Kenya.
The students also studied the operations of Sino-Kenyan
businesses and corporations, as well as the lifestyle, potential and
challenges of living in Kenya.
They met several Chinese entrepreneurs who shared their success stories, challenges, motivations and opportunities.
Yang Tao, CEO of Kilimall, an e-commerce company, explained why
he left a well-paid job as the head of staff at Alibaba Group Holding
Ltd, the Chinese multinational, to start a venture in Africa.
"One of Yang's key strategies was to modify his e-commerce
business to a Kenyan context, riding on his previous experience. He also
had to spend most of his time in building a customer base," Huang says.
The students also learned a great deal from Dylan Yu, the
managing director of Yocean Group Ltd, a company that makes, repairs and
distributes transformers. Yu said he had to overcome many challenges to
establish his company.
At the outset, Yu's company was in huge debt, which he had to
clear. He also faced customs clearance obstacles that left his goods
stuck at the port for many days.
"Despite these frustrations, Yu kept going. He advised students
to never give up, no matter what the challenge, so long as they have a
dream to fulfill," Huang says.
Student Mei Shishi says this was a valuable lesson. "In life we
will always encounter problems but we must remain strong and assure
ourselves that we have what it takes to overcome the challenges," she
Liang Haiqian, a form three student, says the Chinese
entrepreneurs motivated him to consider investing in Kenya after his
education. "I would love to contribute to development of the Belt and
Road Initiative, as well as serve the local community along the route,"
Li Kaiqing, a form five student, says she has learned that there
are many business opportunities in the countries along the route. "This
trip has given me a lot of new insights in terms of my career
development," she says.
Huang says the Hong Kong job market focuses on academic
excellence and specialized knowledge but students also need to
understand that there are numerous opportunities outside Hong Kong.