About the Conference



Boao Forum for Asia 

As a non-government, non-profit organization, Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) is the most prestigious and premier forum for leaders in government, business and academia in Asia and other continents to share visions on the most pressing issues in this dynamic region and the world at large. The Forum is committed to promoting regional economic integration and bringing Asia countries even closer to their development goals. Initiated in 1998 by Fidel V Ramos, former president of the Philippines, Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Morihiro Hosokawa, former Prime Minister of Japan, Boao Forum for Asia was formally inaugurated in February 2001. Countries across the region have responded with strong support and great enthusiasm, and the world has listened attentively to the voice coming from a tiny, quiet and scenic island at the southernmost part of China – Boao, the permanent site of the Annual Conference of the Forum since 2002.


Victoria State



Suite 2210, China World Tower, No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing, PRC, Phone: 86-10-65057377

Fax: 86-10-65051833


For further information about the conference, please contact:


Speakers: Ms. WEI Jie


Government Relationship: Ms. ZHUANG Jiaqiao


Sponsors & Partnership: Ms. YANG Lu


BFA Members & Delegates: Ms. CAO Beibei


MediaMs. YANG Yiyuan





Conference Highlights


An international political and commercial exchange platform is held in Melbourne

A high-end, multi-sector, and cross-regional meeting in Melbourne for elites from governmental,

industrial, and academic circles

Dialog between China and Australia CEOs: Promoting trade & investment facilitation

Dialogs on Asia- Australia Trade Cooperation

Studying and discussing the business opportunities for investment, trade, engineering, and service

 during the development and construction of infrastructure connectivity in Asia

Australia opening up new business opportunities by making the best of its comprehensive locational 

advantages in financial service, entrepot trade, and transport hub


Who should attend?  


Policy-makers and Regulators in Finance and Trade

 (Potential) Investors in Finance, infrastructure and Sustainability Programs in the Australia

Opinion leaders (academia and media) in Finance and Trade

Shipping and Trading companies


Investment Banks

Law firms


Reasons to Attend


Dialogue with Government Officials on Policies, Regulations and Compliance Issues

Peer-to-peer Discussions with Fellow Industry Leaders on Key Challenges in Finance and Trade

Dialogue between Consumers and Suppliers for a Win-Win and Sustainable Approach

Keep up to speed with New Technologies and stay at the forefront of Innovation

Explore Investment Opportunities in Australia





Approximately 300 government officials, industry leaders, economists, scientists, editors and journalists are expected

Roughly 1/3 delegates will be from the Australia, 1/3 from China and 1/3 from Asia and others parts of the world



  • International/Regional Organizations


  • ZHOU Wenzhong, Secretary-General, Boao Forum for Asia
  • Roberto AZEVEDO, World Trade Organization Director-General
  • Angel GURRIA, Secretary General, OECD
  • ZHANG Xiaoqiang, Former Vice Chairman, NDRC; Executive Vice Chairman, CCIEE
  • A. Didar SINGH, Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry



  • Business Leaders


  • LI Ruogu, Former Chairman, President, China Eximbank
  • REN Hongbin, Chairman, China National Machinery Industry Corporation
  • Rupert MURDOCH, Executive Chairman of News Corporation
  • Indra K. NOOYI, Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO, Pepsi&Co
  • Meg WHITMAN, Chair CEO Hewlett Packard
  • Jeff BEZOS, Amazon founder and CEO
  • Jack DORSEY, CEO of both Square and Twitter
  • Brian KRUGER, CEO, Toll Group
  • Sachin BANSAL, Exec Chairman, Flipkart
  • Scott PRICE, President and CEO, Walmart Asia
  • SHIN Kyuk-Ho, Lotte Group founder
  • Christine HOLGATE, Chief Executive Officer, Blackmores
  • David ABNEY, Chief Executive Officer, UPS
  • Peter THIEL, Co-founder, PayPal
  • Devin WENIG, President, CEO, E-Bay
  • LIU Qiangdong, CEO, JD.com Inc
  • Shayne ELLIOT, CEO ANZ
  • WANG Shutong, Founder And Chief Executive Office, Dhgate.com
  • DING lei, CEO, NetEase
  • Ahmed FAHOUR, MD and CEO, Australia Post
  • Chris CLARK, Group Executive for Asia-Pacific, Visa
  • Jonathan WOETZEL, Director, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Hans-Paul BURKNER, Former President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Amin H. NASSER, Chief Executive, Saudi Aramco.
  • Murilo FERREIRA, Chief Executive Officer, Vale
  • Andrew FORREST, Chairman, Fortescue Metals Group
  • WANT Yupu, Chairman, Party Secretary, China Petrochemical Corp.
  • Nicolás AGUZIN, Chairman & CEO, J.P. Morgan Asia Pacific
  • ZHANG Hongli, Senior Executive Vice President, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China
  • Leo MELMAMED, Honorary Chairman, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • He Wenbo, Chairman, China Minmetals Corp
  • Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell plc.
  • Tony H.S. SU, vice president of DuPont Co, President, DuPont Asia Pacific
  • Andrew Nicholas LIVERIS, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Hervé MACHENAUD,Group Senior Executive, Vice President of Generation, Electricite de France SA
  • Yves-Louis DARRICARR?RE, Executive Vice-President, Total S.A
  • Indra K. NOOYI, Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO, Pepsi&Co
  • LI Shufu, Chairman, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group
  • WU Yibing, Senior Managing Director, Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, Singapore
  • GAO Xiqing, Professor, Tsinghua University; Former Vice Chairman, China Investment Corporation
  • WU Xiaohui, Chairman and Chief Executive of Anbang Insurance Group
  • WANG Jianlin, Chairman, Dalian Wanda Group
  • Steve EASTERBROOK, President and Chief Executive Officer, McDonald
  • Teisuke KITAYAMA, Chairman, Board of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • REN Jianxin, Chairman, China National Chemical Corporation
  • FANG Hongbo, Chairman, President, Midea Group Co Ltd
  • ZHANG Ruimin, Chief Executive Officer, Haier Group
  • XU Jiayin, Chairman, Guangzhou's Evergrande Real Estate



  • Scholars


  • Paul KRUGMAN, Economist
  • Thomas FRIEDMAN, Author of "The World is Flat"
  • Naoyuki YOSHINO, Chief Executive Officer, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Ross GARNAUT, Economist, Australian National University


Conference Topics


  • Globalization - past, present and future


  • Globalization has made an important contribution to international economic growth and the raising of living standards. However, economic integration is now facing headwinds, with the broad consensus about the benefits of globalization increasingly challenged: Why is this happening and what needs to be done to better harness and articulate the benefits of globalization?



  • E-Commerce: A New Growth Driver for Global Trade


  • Despite historically low global trade barriers, exporting is still a challenge for the SME sector. E-commerce, however, reduces greatly the complexity SMEs face in connecting to new markets. Given this, how can SMEs be drawn into the international economy through this new channel and what are the prospects for SMEs challenging multinational corporations as drivers of global trade? In this context:
  • What can governments do to support e-commerce?
  • What infrastructure is required to facilitate the use of e-commerce channels by SMEs and is this currently adequate?



  • The Future of FTAs


  • Global trade flows are slowing at the same time that the benefits of open trading borders are being questioned and WTO members have failed to reach consensus on new trade liberalization measures in the Doha Round. In this environment, how important are bilateral, regional and plurilateral FTAs to the future of trade and globalization?
  • FTA's are an important feature of the economic architecture of the Asia Pacific region, with the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership offering two approaches to regional integration.  How do these approaches differ and what are the benefits of each?
  • Australia and the Republic of Korea have bilateral FTAs in place with China. How have these FTAs contributed to trade flows?  Where trade has not flowed as expected, why not?



  • Commodities: The Way Ahead


  • Are factors underlying the depressed prices of commodities cyclical or structural, or both to different degrees?
  • How will climate change impact future commodity prices?
  • Are there innovative ways of coordination, be it among consumers, among producers or between supply and demand? Can arrangements be made in oil, iron ore and agricultural commodities?
  • Will technological changes limit price increases in commodities in the future, or will cycles of investment leading to shortage and surplus continue to dominate natural resources pricing?



  • Global FDI: What is New?


  • In 2015, for the first time, developing countries overtook developed countries as the largest providers of foreign direct investment globally. What are the causes and global implications of this development and how will it change the composition and location of foreign investment?



  • Other events


  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Gala Dinner
  • Australia CEO Roundtable