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Chinese firms tipped to promote people-to-people connectivity via talent training in B&R

February 6, 2018


VIENTIANE, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese enterprises are speeding up their pace in taking part in the Belt and Road (B&R) construction. How to realize people-to-people connectivity between China and the countries along the B&R routes while achieving their own development has become a common concern of all the Chinese enterprises.

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Vientiane branch was opened in 2011, marking the first of its kind in Laos. Since 2013, its total assets have ranked the first among Lao’s foreign banks and the second among all banks for five consecutive years.

The reason for the ICBC Vientiane branch to ascend to the mainstream bank in Laos in such a short time lies in its local talent training program and cultural integration management. At present, the ICBC Vientiane branch has accumulatively recruited over 100 local employees, accounting for more than 80 percent of all the employees. Besides, the branch has also provided all kinds of professional training covering language, culture and finance for employees, said Lu Jian, general manager of ICBC Vientiane branch.

Huang Li, an excellent employee in the ICBC Vientiane branch, was recruited in October 2011 as the first batch of the bank’s local employees. She became business manager of the business department of the branch in less than six months and thus gained access to training opportunities.

“Most of the new employees have no working experience in finance. I share my knowledge and experience with them and coach them one by one,” said Huang.

In addition to providing a larger development platform for local employees, the ICBC Vientiane branch has also made great efforts to promote cultural integration. Chen Anorexia, deputy general manager of the branch, said that we have paid special attention to the cultural and social differences between China and Laos. Meanwhile, we make attempts to show them the Chinese culture in a bid to deepen their awareness of transnational culture.

The ICBC Vientiane branch has been equipped with a reading room, a fitting room and a tea room. Both Lao and Chinese employees can experience the traditional Chinese culture there.

The first Laos-China Belt and Road Cooperation Forum was held from February 2 to February 3 in Vientiane. The ICBC Vientiane branch released financial outcome between China and Laos in the forum. The branch plans to cooperate with the National University of Laos to provide job and practice opportunities for excellent graduates in the future. (Edited by Zhang Yuan, Sun Huanjie, zhangyuan11@xinhua.org)

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