About the Conference

Boao Forum for Asia Seoul Conference 2018

An Open and Innovative Asia

November 19 - 20,2018    Seoul, Republic of Korea



2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening up and also marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of a strategic partnership between China and ROK. With a series of major measures to expand China’s opening up to the outside world, it will provide new and greater opportunities for economic and trade cooperation between China and ROK, as well as Asia. It is the first time ever for the BFA to hold such a grand international conference in the Republic of Korea with a participation of over 800 delegates. The Conference is expected to help join hands among Governments, enterprises, academic institutions and people from all circles to create a bright future of mutual benefits and cooperation.

Seoul is the capital of ROK, the tenth largest city in the world, one of the top ten financial centers in the world, and also the political, economic, technological, educational and cultural center of ROK. Seoul is also a highly digitized city with the world highest internet speed and highest digital opportunity index. Seoul is also a young, dynamic city with vibrant people, prosperous city, charming natural landscape and long history and culture.


Conference Date
November 19 - 20, 2018


Conference Venue

Shilla Hotel, Seoul


Theme & Session Topics

Theme: An Open and Innovative Asia

Session 1: Global Economy and Regional Cooperation

Session 2: Scientific and Technological Innovation

Session 3: Inclusive Growth


Main Activities

November 19 Welcome Dinner (Invitation Only)
November 20 Three Concurrent Sessions in the morning
Opening & Plenary Session in the afternoon



Opening  800 Persons
Plenary Session 800 Persons
Sub Session 150 Persons


Organizer : Boao Forum for Asia (BFA)

Since its establishment, with a focus on Asia and a global perspective, BFA has made positive contributions to building consensus in Asia, encouraging cooperation, promoting economic globalization and advancing the building of a community with a shared future for humanity. BFA has brought about many valuable Boao Proposals.


Co-Organizer : Federation of Korean Industries (FKI)

Founded in 1961, FKI is the largest and most influential comprehensive economic organization in ROK, which aims to perfect and regulate the ROK market economy system, promote the development of ROK economy and promote the process of ROK internationalization. FKI, composed of major ROK enterprises and economic organizations, has always been responsible for promoting the economic development of ROK.