Shaaz Nasir

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Don’t Drop It

In Advice, Friends, Future, Uncategorized on December 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Not that many people know, but I truly enjoy art in all its forms from creating to consuming. From short films, amateur photography, attempting abstract art, to some lame poetry, art is where I am content. My passion for economics is matched or sometimes overtaken by the desire to embrace a side of me neglected for far too long. While in Oxford, art class opened a new world of processing information from places within me I never knew existed. This feeling for art was further developed when visiting museums in Paris, London, Brussels, and New Delhi. I was truly fortunate to have experienced such an eclectic mixture of artwork from around the world.

I have made many short films /simple clips that I will now begin to share with you. For the past 4 years during the chase for success while studying international economics and developments, I dropped one of my passions on the way. Below is just one of my works. It’s a drive some friends and I took while on our break. Around 4 hours of video is showcased in under 2 minutes on the backdrop of one of my favourite songs “Don’t Cross”.

There are many more to come, some from Hong Kong, Beijing, and even old paintings from the past might be shown on MTG. At the end of the day we must refocus on what makes us content with our-selfs. If you had a passion in the past and was forced to drop it, go back and pick it up because with very step we take we must mind this devastating gap. The gap between doing the things we love versus doing the things we must.

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Mind the Laugh

In Experience, Failure, Friends, Future, Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Laugh….it’s all I can do. At the mirror, everyone, the world… just laugh it all out….lol or lmao whatever you call it, it’s all I can do

I must admit.

Laugh with or at over some chit-chat or combat

who wants to have the backbone to be the last one laughing on a self made thrown

all alone ?

Mind the Economy: Jobless Recovery…Give me a break IMF

In Advice, Business, Canada, Culture, Economics, Experience, Faith, Future, Globalization, Life, Shaaz Nasir, Success, Technology, Trade, Traveling, World Bank on October 14, 2010 at 9:35 am

Four challenges: IMF

Strauss-Kahn highlighted four challenges to be addressed by the officials gathering in Washington…..

• Sovereign debt. Fiscal sustainability remains a problem for some countries, particularly those that entered the crisis with very high levels of debt. “So we are strongly in favor of medium-term consolidation, but it doesn’t mean that in the short term every country will have to tighten as much as possible. It depends a lot on their own situation and it is very country specific.” Where the recovery remains fragile and private sector demand is weak, support for demand is still needed.

• Jobless recovery. Just reviving growth is not enough. “We need growth with jobs. Growth without jobs doesn’t mean much for the man in the street. So obviously, for us, the crisis will not be over until the unemployment rate decreases significantly.”

• Financial sector reform. While a lot has been done to address improved regulation, particularly through the new Basle III accord, a lot more needs to be done on supervision and regulation of the financial sector, which was at the heart of the global crisis. In addition, Strauss-Kahn said the IMF supported moves to introduce taxation of the sector.

Global cooperation. The world got through the economic crisis through very close cooperation, but now the momentum was decreasing. One example of this is emerging competition between countries to adjust their currencies to gain an advantage. “What we all want is the rebalancing of the global economy, and this rebalancing cannot happen without a natural consequence of it, which is a change in the relative value of currencies.”

Politics +  Economics = headache

I have been noticing over the past two years that policy makers in the lime light or politicians using the phrase “growth without jobs is horrible” or ” we cannot face a jobless recovery ARHHH”….

Are these guys missing the point or adhering to misconceptions of growth and recovery formed by the pubic?

Depending on what sector, companies around the world  must experience substantive growth for around 12 to 20 months before they can consider hiring once again. Furthermore, during (and as a result of ) recessionary periods, companies examine  their internal workforce and re-prioritize organizational objectives. The restructuring period may lead  to massive overhauls (bigger than Wario’s) for the company’s structure and size. For example, GM…they cut their company in half by killing about 6 brands….people cannot expect them to hire the same amount of workers….

Furthermore, demographics  also play a vital role in unemployment rates. In Canada the time it takes for unemployment rates to return to pre recession levels takes twice as long for young professionals (defined as youth 16-25)…why..that’s another post for another day.

For now,

let us focus on these four challenges and the realization that time is the best public policy tool in the fight against unemployment rates, not fuelling economic misconceptions.

Japanese 3D WORLD CUP?!

In Blog, Business, Canada, Economics, Exercise, Fashion, Football, Friends, Frosh, Future, Globalization, Orientation, Ottawa, Technology, Television, Traveling, University of Ottawa, Women, Work, World, Youtube on September 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm

In 2022, the Japanese claim that with over 150 HD cameras and special microphones they can create a 3D World Cup. What does this mean? Well imagine this…seeing Brazil play England in lansdowne park ….what?

Yes.

The Japanese say forget about sitting in an cinema with some cheap plastic ray-ban rip offs…

Brazil and England play in Japan during the World Cup while you are in Ottawa at Lansdowne park watching a 3D projection of that game on the field….with the sounds of the Japanese fans cheering with you.

This is monumental as the potential profits are simply unimaginable….fields in New York…London…Paris…Hong Kong the list goes on and on….

Profits?

1 game

90, 000 tickets to sell….

now take that number and multiply it by as many fields you want!

Calm Down

Turning the World Cup into a truly international experience does have its setbacks. The cost structure of setting up a 3D enabled field in the mega cities mentioned above would be key to the pricing of the tickets. Image rights for the players could also be troublesome and the actual technology itself is somewhat questionable….

But this could be the true game changer in Soccer with potential profits quadrupling as long FIFA has a plan to deal with the equal increase in cost and risk.

Where is the juice?

The games will be partially powered by solar panels AND  the kinetic energy created by a stadium full of fans. Simply outstanding as the passion and love for the sport will literally generate/sustain the World Cup  atmosphere.

Final Word

I say give the Japanese a chance with the World Cup in 2022….let  the beautiful game embrace the 3D movement.

Risk Management

In Business, China, Economics, Future, Global Vision, SME on August 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Is China worth the risk for SMEs?

Canadian small businesses can succeed in China but they shouldn’t be seduced into believing there aren’t any risks, says a Canadian trade specialist.

Erin Wilkinson, Export Link Coordinator at The Business Link in Alberta, says there is a lot of hype these days about outsourcing opportunities in China but often the risks can significantly outweigh the benefits. She notes that companies should not forget to consider these same opportunities in other markets such as Mexico.

“When you get something cheap, there is often a reason for it,” she cautioned participants at the FITT national conference in Vancouver.

Wilkinson cited the recent recall of pet food in Canada and the United States after the discovery of contaminated ingredients. The source of the contamination came from China where, she says, there are often different standards of manufacturing and quality control.

Small businesses therefore need to go into China with their eyes open and be well briefed. They need a good business plan and need to carefully articulate that plan to potential partners. They must also assess doing business with China to ensure their cost savings will outweigh the risks.

“Entrepreneurs are very successful about their products and services but they often do not take the time to focus on communications and planning,” she says.

When outsourcing to China, SMEs need to communicate their special requirements and standards, and ensure adequate methods of quality control locally. But it doesn’t stop there: they also need to consider protection of their ideas and patents.

“Anytime you go abroad, you risk exposure of your intellectual property. This can happen when exporting or outsourcing a product, or even just when sharing ideas or samples with potential partners,” Wilkinson says. “It’s an issue we always have to be aware of in doing business anywhere in the world.”

Wilkinson says some companies protect their intellectual property by outsourcing different processes to different companies to ensure that no one person outside their organisation is exposed to the whole process. Of course, doing this can also increase costs and logistical problems.

Despite the risks, there are lots of ways to ensure success in China, says Wilkinson. And help is always available from trade officials with the Government of Canada and provincial governments.

Article from the Government of Canada

“WHAT DO YOU MEAN I LEAVE FOR CHINA IN A FEW HOURS!”

China: A land of vast and diverse opportunity for Canadians

In Canada, China, Economics, Future, Trade on August 1, 2010 at 5:21 am

By Ken Lewis, Senior Trade Commissioner in Beijing

The Chinese dragon has long been a symbol of majestic power, good luck and prosperity. With GDP growth averaging over 10% a year, one might say the dragon is breathing fire into the global economy.

Ken Lewis, Senior Trade Commissioner in Beijing

An important manufacturing centre for both Asian and global supply chains, China is importing vast quantities of oil, chemicals, machinery, fertilizers, agri-food, vehicles and raw materials to feed its industries. Its infrastructure needs are ballooning, generating opportunities in infrastructure development, engineering, transportation and environmental technologies.

Furthermore, with a population of 1.3 billion, rising income levels and growing middle class, China’s potential as a consumer market is phenomenal.

Canada’s strengths in natural resources, agriculture, infrastructure development, information and communication technologies, as well as engineering, environmental, financial and business services, make it a natural business partner for China. With more than 3,000 Canadian companies already pursuing market, investment and partnership opportunities there, our two-way trade with China is rising strongly—up 12.8 per cent in 2007 to $47.6 billion, with our exports to China growing at twice the rate as our imports.

Despite this, Canada is seriously lagging behind other countries in both market share and two-way investment growth. We must change this or risk being left behind in the race for global competitive advantage in which China is an increasingly important player.

China is a vast and complex country, making doing business there difficult. The economy is diverse and has many distinct economic regions. Obtaining reliable information is a challenge, as is forging the right connections to advance one’s commercial interests. The financial and taxation aspects of doing business in China are intricate, and key obstacles include import barriers, limitations on foreign services providers, poor intellectual property rights enforcement, subsidy practices and low transparency in contracting processes.

New bilateral agreements on science and technology and foreign investment will open new doors for Canadian companies, as will ongoing work to secure Canada’s place as an important gateway for Asia-Pacific trade. In China, Canada’s expanding network of Trade Commissioners is actively promoting Canadian commercial capabilities throughout China and providing Canadian companies with the market intelligence, connections and support needed to capitalize on specific opportunities.

Our representatives in China are working continuously to monitor and influence Chinese commercial policies and regulations in favour of Canadian interests. Especially helpful are Canada’s excellent business and cultural ties to the regional hub of Hong Kong, which enjoys a flourishing relationship with the Mainland.

Now the world’s fourth largest economy, China’s rise as a global economic power has been nothing short of spectacular. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to find an industry or country that does not feel the swish of the Chinese dragon’s tail.

Canadian companies would be remiss to overlook China, which surpassed the U.S. in 2004 as the single largest contributor to world economic growth.

Hong Kong FIREWORKS BABY

In Business, China, Economics, Future, Globalization, Hong Kong on July 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm

“Where worlds collide and something beautiful is realized”

Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading international financial centres, with a major capitalist service economy characterized by low taxation, free trade and minimum government intervention under the ethos of positive non-interventionism. The influence of Hong Kong is further felt through the HK dollar as it’s the 9th most traded currency in the world.

Furthermore, Hong Kong is the world’s eleventh largest trading entity, with the total value of imports and exports exceeding its gross domestic product. HK is also the world’s largest re-export centre as its economy is dominated by the service sector, which accounts for over 90% of its GDP, while industry constitutes 9%.

But lets go beyond the numbers and economic jargon.  HK is a place where traditional meets modern, the east meets west. The point where worlds collide and something beautiful is realized. Hong Kong embodies capitalism at its finest although there are issues in terms of income distribution, HK survived the world economic tsunami and is moving forward to improve itself.  Culture, history, economics …Hong Kong has it all and more.

I am proud to be apart of the Hong Kong Team heading to Asia in 6 days.

We will have lots of fun, lots of work,…and lots of success if we work as a team.

Find out more at

https://mindthegapcanada.wordpress.com/about-2/

The Indian iPad

In Economics, Future, Globalization, India, iPad, Technology, World on July 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Oh no poor Apple got ripped off by some random Indians with a ghetto version of iPad…

WRONG.

Oh no the entire world was getting ripped off by Apple and some Indians came to the rescue.

Lets start this rant….

Notion Ink

Its founders are six IITans and an MBA grad. With an average age of 24, they believe India has what it takes to compete with the most innovative tech companies in the world. “We knew that Indian engineers and designers were doing most of the innovative work at Microsoft, Intel, and Apple. We just needed to take the first step,” says co-founder Rohan Shravan. “Current PC technology is like a Hummer on a city road,” quips Rohit Rathi, the youngest of the group at 23.

Apple iPad vs Indian iPad “Adam”

  • The Indian iPad has “only” TWICE the battery life
  • The Indian iPad “only” has TWICE the processor performance
  • The Indian iPad DOES play full HD videos
  • The Indian iPad DOES have flash for the web browser
  • The Indian iPad screen can be read in DIRECT sunlight
  • The Indian iPad will be CHEAPER… no price confirmed but judging by the production process expect it to be MUCH less.

Now it is up to their marketing scheme, with a $1 million app store competition. Things are looking good for all of us.

India has a middle class of about 200 million people. The “Adam” will probably hit stores in 1 or 2 years maximum. Apple does have time to improve its already out of date iPad but it can’t compete on price as the Adam is coming to North American markets

Enough said.

ps the Indian iPad has a camera ..shhhhh

Watch out for Shenzhen!

In Business, Canada, China, Economics, Experience, Future, Global Vision, Globalization, Greeting, Meeting, Packing, Shenzhen, Traveling, University of Ottawa, Work, World on July 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm

One of the cities we will be traveling to …

China’s economic liberalization under the policies of reformist leader Deng Xiaoping, the area became China’s first—and arguably one of the most successful—Special Economic Zones.

Shenzhen’s modern cityscape is the result of the vibrant economy made possible by rapid foreign investment since the late 1970s, when it was a small fishing village. Since then, foreign nationals have invested more than US $30 billion for building factories and forming joint ventures.

It is now reputedly one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Being southern mainland China’s major financial centre, Shenzhen is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies.