About the Conference


Boao Forum for Asia Rome Conference

“Asia-Europe Leaders’ Cooperation Dialogue”

Dec. 4th-5th, 2018 Rome, Italy



Eurasia is the largest continental landmass in the world, covering 70% of world’s population and producing more than half of global GDP. But recent years have seen rapid changes in international dynamics, the rise of anti-globalism and protectionism, as well as the deepening integration of geopolitical blocs. In this context, collaboration between Europe and Asia as two interconnected continents is becoming increasingly important. Boao Forum for Asia - a platform for promoting and increasing mutual economic prosperity within and beyond the region - convenes the meeting in Rome in partnership with the European House Ambrosetti. The meeting aims to bring together Asian and European leaders in a dialogue, with a purpose of enhancing mutual understanding, addressing challenges and promoting new Asia-Europe partnerships to explore opportunities through mutually beneficial cooperation.

Rome has always been the centre of economic and cultural exchange between East and West. The Boao Forum for Asia Rome Conference will be one of the most important Asia-Europe cooperation meetings this year, which will provide high-level investment and cooperation platform for our participants to engage in-depth discussions with thought leaders, policy makers, business elites, and senior government officials.

The two-day meeting consists of opening ceremony, plenary session, panels, roundtable discussions and closing ceremony. There will be a series of events arranged from company visits to cultural activities.



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


The European House Ambrosetti

The European House - Ambrosetti, is the largest fully Italian owned management consulting firm and a highly reputable private think tank. The Company is headquartered in Milan and operates Worldwide through a presence in thirteen countries, including China. Its flagship summit is held every year since 1975 in Villa D’Este, on the shores of Como lake, and brings together speakers of the highest level from the world of politics, academia and business.


Conference Highlights

A high-end, multi-sectorand cross-regional meeting in Rome for leaders from government, business sectors and academia

Dialogue between China and Italian CEOs: Promoting Trade & Investment

Dialogs on Asia- Europe Cooperation

Studying and discussing business opportunities for Belt&Road Initiative, Artificial Intelligence, Technology Innovation and Solutions for Climate Change


Who should attend?

Ministerial-level officials from the Belt and Road countries in EU and Asia Pacific

Policy-makers and Regulators in Finance, Trade, High-Tech, Environmental Protection

Investors in Finance, Trade, High-tech and Sustainability Programs

Opinion leaders (academia and media) in Finance, Trade, High-tech and Sustainability development

Shipping and Trading companies

IT companies


Investment Banks

Eco-friendly organizations


Reasons to Attend

Dialogue with government officials on policies, regulations and trend Issues

Peer-to-peer discussions with fellow industry leaders on key challenges in climate change,etc.

Keep up to speed with new technologies and stay at the forefront of Innovation

Explore investment opportunities in Asia and Europe




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

Roughly 1/3 delegates will be from the Italy, 1/3 from China and 1/3 from Asia Pacific and the rest of the world


Conference Topics

-Artificial Intelligence, digital innovation

-Belt and Road Initiative

-Climate Change


Other events

-Opening plenary

-Gala Dinner

-Asia-Europe CEO Roundtable

-Closing plenary