BFA Chronicle in 2003
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On January 20, 2003, BFA Council Tokyo Meeting elected Long Yongtu, Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation and chief negotiator for China’s admission to WTO, the third Secretary General of BFA. 

On January 24, 2003, Chinese President Jiang Zemin met in Zhongnanhai with Ramos, former President of the Philippines and BFA Chairman, and some other BFA Council members. Jiang Zemin reiterated that the Chinese Government would, as always, support the development of BFA. 

On May 13 and 14, 2003, BFA and Asian Development Bank (ADB) cosponsored in Beijing an international seminar entitled “SARS and Asian Economy: Impact Assessment and Proposals” by way of video conferencing. This was the first authoritative seminar in Beijing on the relations between the epidemic and economy since the outbreak of SARS in China. Present at the seminar were nearly 200 attendees, including representatives from international organizations such as the World Bank and ADB and Chinese governmental organizations, and experts, scholars, and people from business circle. 

On July 3, 2003, the “SARS” and Asian Informatization Construction Forum cosponsored by BFA, the Digital China Association, and the China Telecom was held at the Beijing Kerry Center Hotel. The forum also had branch venues in Singapore and Hong Kong. Officials and celebrities from information industries of the three places carried out real-time dialogs via international online video broadcast. Nearly 150 representatives of relevant governmental departments and trade associations of China, relevant international organizations, and enterprises at home and abroad attended the seminar. 

From July 13 to 15, 2003, the “International Tourism Cooperation Conference in New Situation --- Revitalizing Asian Tourism” cosponsored by BFA, the World Tourism Organization (WTO), and the Hong Kong SAR Administration was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Tung Chee-hwa, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, Long Yongtu, Secretary General of BFA, Frangali, Secretary General of WTO, Baumgarten, Chairman of World Tourism and Travel Commission (WTTC), Gordon, Chairman of Pacific Asia Travel Association, tourism ministers from over a dozen countries, and over 600 other delegates attended the conference. This was the first large-scale international conference held in Hong Kong since the outbreak of SARS epidemic. 

On September 8, 2003, BFA sponsored in Beijing the “Asia Economic Integration and Regional Trade” Seminar. Representatives of some relevant regional organizations, diplomatic envoys of some Asian countries in China, some Chinese governmental officials, and representatives from academic and media circles attended the seminar. 

On September 22, 2003, the BFA International Convention Center was officially put into use. Jiang Zemin wrote the name for the Center. 

On November 1, 2003, BFA held in Boao of Hainan a member meeting, which passed BFA Statutes and some other documents. 

From November 1 to 3, 2003, BFA held in Boao of Hainan the second annual meeting, which had a theme of “Asia Seeking Win-win Results: Cooperation Promoting Development.” Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attended the meeting and gave the keynote speech entitled “Seizing the Opportunity, Facing the Challenge, Achieving Win-win Results.” Musharraf, President of Pakistan, Rakhmonov, President of Tajikistan, Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, Goh Chok Tong, Prime Minister of Singapore, and over 1,000 delegates from governmental, corporate, and academic circles of 30 countries attended the meeting. During the meeting, BFA and the World Bank reached an agreement to jointly study economic cooperation in Asian region. 

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