It is Thursday again and almost Friday with the weekend just around the corner which I'm sure we all look forward to. I was watching an interesting Danish television series online the last few weeks called "Liberty" about Danish & Scandinavian foreign aid workers in the 1980's in Tanzania.
It reminds me of the thousands of cbm that I shipped out of Denmark onboard SEAL (Scandinavian East Africa Line, Norway) in my trainee period between 1980-1983. I recall wondering where all that equipment went, and into whose hands.
There were thousands of 4wds, vans and all other kinds of equipment used for water sanitation, cement plants, schools and what not.
It is a good thing to provide foreign aid to people in need but not if the foreign aid ends up in the wrong pockets or doesn't even leave the realm of the administration costs of the so-called "do-gooders" (DGO's) or "no-gooders" (NGO's).
One of the most well-known scandals was the Vietnamese Bai Bang Aid Project in the 1970's where tons of equipment was allegedly dumped into the water because the port wasn't ready when the ship arrived in Vietnam.
One certainly hopes that foreign aid these days goes directly to the needy without absorbent administration costs or siphoning-off.
PCW's view is that aid and support are good as long as it goes unhindered to the needy and not the greedy.
This week we have some interesting interviews for you! We start off with a Danish shipowner providing global parcel service, then we speak to an active project freight forwarder in Spain and we end our journey talking to a company similarly active in project forwarding based in Lima, Peru (where food and drink are out of this world).
I also wish to draw your attention to the article and video about "Seawise Giant", the biggest ship ever built I'm told. It was a vessel that was built by a Hong Kong owner and ended its life in the scrap yard beaches of India. The anchor chain found its way back home where it is now installed outside the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
We finish off the newsletter with the video, photo, and quotes of the week.
Next week I will be in Singapore, the Lion City and then
Shanghai, the Dragon City.
G&T at Raffles in Singapore of course and Santana Taxi when in Shanghai. :-)
Wishing you a good read and until next time I remain...
Yours sincerely, Bo H. Drewsen