BFA Chronicle Before 2002
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In September 1998, Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines, Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Morihiro Hosokawa, former Prime Minister of Japan, jointly proposed at Manila the establishment of an “Asian Forum.” Recognizing China’s international status and huge market potentials, and Hainan’s unique natural ecological environment, they suggested the “Forum” to be headquartered in Boao, Hainan Province, China. 

On October 8, 1999, Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao met with Ramos, Hawke, and leaders of Hainan Province, promising the Chinese Government’s support and cooperation for the establishment the forum. 

On November 18 and 19, 2000, a BFA Expert and Scholar Meeting was held in Boao, Hainan, which passed a number of important documents, including the “Declaration of Asian Forum (Draft),” “Ideas about the Organizational Structure of the Forum,” “Intellectual Support for the Forum,” and “Organizational Structure of Forum Secretariat.” 

On February 27, 2001, the Inauguration Ceremony of BFA was held in Boao of Hainan. Chinese President Jiang Zemin attended the ceremony and gave a speech. Leaders and former leaders of 26 sponsor nations of the Forum, including Dr. Mahathir bin Mohammad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, H.M. Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, the late King of Nepal, and Mr. Nguyen Manh Cam, Vice Prime Minister of Vietnam also graced the occasion as the Guests of Honor. BFA was officially launched at the Ceremony. Singh, former Secretary General of ASEAN and former Vice Foreign Minister of Malaysia, was appointed as the first Secretary General of BFA.

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