Interview by Mian Fazal Elahi
Mr.Jamal Ahmad Qaiser is a Diplomatic Business Ambassador and DC Commissioner for UN affairs.
Mr.Jamal Ahmad Qaiser, we welcome you and congratulate you on your rank as Diplomatic Business Ambassador and your appointment as DC Commissioner for UN affairs, a highly reputed position for outstanding civil service.
- Thank you very much. I am delighted. Yes, I will be involved in the endeavor to bring together different cultures and promote international understanding.
- Could you share your profile, career and experiences that brought you to contributing to international politics?
- Sure. Since several years I have been counseling the German government on the Euro crisis, demographics, integration and immigration. I gave my stake on Brexit to the European Parliament and very recently I wrote a book on foreignpolicy regarding Syria and due to that the influx of refugees and immigrants.
Furthermore, I advised several NGOs, humanitarian organizationssuch as the Friedrich Naumann foundation, the Diplomatic Council, Westerwelle foundation etc.and international governmental institutions.
- How did you make it to Harvard Business School?
- At the age of eight I came to Germany and first experienced the difficulty of new language, not to be welcomed at that time. It took some time to understand the new school system, to master the language and to grasp the decisive factors to excel in the business and educative world. I founded a textile company at the age of 19, continued my way without hesitation and grew it to large and internationally successful size.
In 2006 I started to convert my company into a private equity firm.
Due to that, I had more time for myself and at that time I understood my full potential and knew that I could excel a lot more if I pursue further education.
So I started in 2009 with a Post-Graduation in Management and Leadership at the Globe Business College Munich. In 2014, I graduated from the Transition to Leadership Program from University of Oxford Said Business School and finally I became OPM graduate from Harvard Schoolfrom 2013-2016.
Q.What are your views on current world politics? What do we have to look at?
- As we all know we are going through a very difficult and dangerous time. We have to face numerous questions of cultural and religious understanding. How can we prosper with immigrants on an international scale? How should we preserve world peace, prosperity and justice?
Since the world stands on the brink of catastrophic global war, where there is a fear of nuclear weapons being utilized resulting indevastating effect. Therefore, I condemn the practice of regime change as previous stances like Iraq, Libya, which had terrible consequences for the world peace and stability. As we also know that ISIS is a product of Iraq war.
Let me give you some figures what happened when some forces tried to bring the so-called democracy. Three countries destroyed, five million people confirmed killed and over 25 million people displaced. A catastrophic humanitarian situation occurred and due to that it is not only the Muslim world that is destroyed and is always at stake, rather everyone is a target of terrorism as we have witnessed recently in Paris, Munich, Nice and Brussels and many more places. Those attacks can only be described as act of horrific brutality and are completely against any religion of the world! Whoever kills an innocent human being it shall be as if he has killed all mankind. (Chapter 5, 32 Holy Quran)
Unfortunately, the nuclear race is back on and we experience a new cold war with Russia. For me as a DC commissioner for UN affairs it is also very disturbingthat those wars are not in conformity with the UN Charta. And thereforeunfortunately the new World principle is “The might is right”.
- Coming back to Europe. As you know Europe is confronted with a new situationpost Brexit. Can you give a tentative appraisal of this development also with regard to the internationalsituation?
- Britain’s economy is likely to lose momentum and 3 to 4 % in GDP size whereas the European Union might be faced with a regression of 1 to 0.5%. In the mid-term the EU will hardly be affected. Britain could see itself not coming back to its former strength. It is likely Britain pays a higher price for this decision to leave the EU. On the other hand, positive momentum might arise from a change of perspective or Britain might renew bonds with the Commonwealth countries.
- As you now that many refugees are trying to come to Germany for asylum. What is your view on that?
- Germany is a meritocracy, and this achievement-oriented approach will help to integrate people, but only if it is wished by both sides. If not, it will fail. It is all about finding solutions for both sides. Germany’s constitution governs well, notably the aspects of freedom of speech and every right to believe in whatever religion.
Due to the war in Syria about a million people came to Germany in 2015.
It is now very important that we integrate these people and welcome them, though there is no doubt, integration can only function if it is wished by both sides.
But what is more important for Germany is that properwelcoming immigration legislation shall be introduced with whom this country can prosper in terms of innovation and information technology.
- Thank you for sharing your insights. What are your current projects?
- At the moment I am preparing for the United Nations Assembly in September, there will be high level meetings on ‘Large movements of refugees and migrants’. We, the seven members of the Diplomatic Council, will have a strong focus to counsel the United Nations on these matters.
We wish you all the best in your continuing endeavor to bring peace and prosperity. Thank you for your time.