Not my usual “apolitical” post but had to make an exception. In 2006 I was living and working in Lahore, Pakistan. While staying at the Sheraton Hotel (popular with expats) one morning, the cleaning lady came in and saw a christian bible (NIV ver) on my bedside table. Her eyes lit up like a Christmas Tree as she pointed first to the bible then to me as if to say: “this is yours?”. I nodded yes and she broke out in fractured but understandable English telling me that Christians in Pakistan were treated like 2nd class citizens and relegated to the lowest caste, i.e the Arzai or degraded ones and allowed only menial tasks for employment. She took my hand in both of hers and told me earnestly that “we Christians have to stick together, anything extra I needed for my room to just let her know”. I was awe-struck by the realization that I was among a minority and considered a “degraded one”. This opened my eyes about minorities in America, how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. This bombing validates my point, a tragedy reminiscent of the US rural South in the 50′s and 60′
Hahn International, Ltd is currently on assignment in Azerbaijan. Nick Hahn, President and CEO, is guiding the development of agricultural trade Associations in three basic commodities: Aquaculture, Hazelnuts, and Pomegranates.
Nick discussed this work and the reasons why Associations make sense for Azerbaijan in a recent television interview. The program was broadcast from Sheki, Azerbaijan, which is the ancient capital of the Country, situated in their central farming region.
Since some of this video is in the local Azeri language, it is recommended that you fast forward through the first five and a half minutes (5:28) to hear Nick’s interview. He was asked a series of pointed questions about the suitability of Associations for this developing Country of the former Soviet Union.
Hahn Management Ltd is currently providing consulting services in the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan. We have been retained by Sibley International LLC to work with the agribusiness sector of this developing nation.
This project involves entrepreneurial capacity building for rural farmers. Our concentration is in the provinces west of the capital city of Baku. The agribusinesses that are the focus of this project are Hazelnuts, Aquaculture, and Pomegranates.
Sibley International has retained the services of founding partner, Nick Hahn. He is currently living and working in Azerbaijan in four-to-six week increments over a period of several months.
Mr. Hahn has spent many years managing trade associations, including Cotton Incorporated (CI) in New York, of which he was CEO. His experience with CI and numerous groups throughout the developing world for more than two decades make Hahn International Ltd an ideal mentor and advisor for these commodity groups.
Quality control, business planning, and competitiveness will be managed through the individual developing trade associations in each sector, helping to make them productive, independent, and self-sustaining.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is determined to arrest and prosecute Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Spreading mayhem and destruction from Uganda to the Congo, and from Sudan to the Central African Republic, Kony and his band of cut-throats have been on the loose for many years.
For several months in the summer of 2008, Hahn International worked in Northern Uganda helping to organize cotton farmers. Part of the work being done was to encourage the return to the family farms of the Acholi and Aamuri populations who had been shielded in UN displacement camps from the deadly intrusions of Kony’s forces across the Sudanese and Congo borders.
Because so many of the cotton growers in Uganda are peasant farmers, part of our challenge was to help them to become a more cohesive unit. In the past few years, with the climate disasters that have wreaked havoc on the major cotton-producing countries, rising Ugandan cotton prices have had a positive impact on the farmers. And still, Kony and his LRA are at large in this developing nation.
Unfortunately, the ICC does not have an international police force to arrest the accused. It must depend on State parties with whom it cooperates to physically arrest these men, and then the ICC has the judicial ability to prosecute.
Nick Hahn, founder of Hahn International Ltd, has decades of experience working in the Global Apparel Market, in Textile Fiber Merchandising, and in advising third-world farmers on Supply-Chain Competitiveness. He is often engaged as a Motivational Keynote Speaker, and has long been an Association Executive for Non-Profit Organizations. During his tenure as CEO of Cotton Incorporated (The Fabric of Our Lives), Hahn was inducted into the Apparel Industry Hall of Fame, and was honored as One of The 25 Most Influential Leaders in American Textiles. Read Nick's full biography.
Hahn International Ltd helps build economic competitiveness for rural economies of the developing world through cluster mapping, supply chain enhancement, and association building. By adding value to natural fiber textiles through demand-oriented initiatives, it increases supply, improves quality, supports pricing, and builds market share. We do this with cost effective work, and by delivering quantifiable results on time and on budget.