BFA Chronicle in 2004
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From January 5 to 10, 2004, at the invitation of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ACCII), BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu attended the 76th ACCII Annual Meeting and gave a speech. Long Yongtu introduced in detail the development direction and recent activities of BFA. He welcomed friends from Indian industrial and commercial circles to take part in BFA activities. 

From February 20 to 23, 2004, at the invitation of Kasikorn Bank, BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu visited Thailand and attended the China-Thailand Cultural Exchange Seminar sponsored by Kasikorn Bank. Long Yongtu said that in future, BFA would promote economic development in Asia by promoting cultural exchange. 

On February 26, 2004, BFA Secretariat and the Reform and Development Research Institute of Hainan Province signed an agreement for the institute to serve as an intellectual supporter to BFA. 

On March 30, 2004, BFA Secretariat held in Beijing a press conference on the BFA 2004 Annual Meeting. BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu announced that the BFA 2004 Annual Meeting would be held in Boao, Hainan, China from April 23 to 25. The annual meeting had a theme of “Asia Seeking Win-win Results: An Opening Asia to the World.” Long Yongtu also announced that BMW Group, as a major sponsor, would offer reception vehicles to the meeting. 

On April 13, 2004, BFA and jointly announced in Beijing that the BFA 2004 Annual Meeting would be broadcasted live via Internet. The number of viewers was estimated to exceed 800,000. This was the first whole-process online live broadcasting of large-scale international conference in China. 

On April 19, 2004, BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu announced that preparations for the BFA 2004 Annual Meeting had been basically completed and the meeting would be held as scheduled in Boao of Hainan from 23 to 25. 

From April 23 to 25, 2004, the Third BFA Annual Meeting, with a theme of “Asia Seeking Win-win Results: An Opening Asia to the World,” was held in Boao. Chinese President Hu Jintao attended the meeting and gave the keynote speech entitled “Development of China, Opportunity for Asia.” Klaus Vaclav, President of the Czech Republic, Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Bush, former President of the US, Zedillo, former President of Mexico, Mahathir, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, and about 1,000 delegates from 30 countries and regions attended the meeting. The meeting underlined the discussion of Asian issues against the background of the whole world for involving more celebrities from outside Asia in BFA dialog and communication. 

From July 17 to 19, 2004, BFA and the Foreign Ministry of Iran cosponsored in Iranian capital Teheran a BFA Energy Forum, which had a theme of “Energy Development and Cooperation in Asia.” This was the first activity held outside China by BFA. Over 200 delegates from governmental and regional organizations, academic circle, and large-scale energy enterprises of 17 countries and BFA members attended the forum. Liu Zhentang, Chinese Ambassador to Iran, and Lu Changjin, Counselor of the Economic and Commercial Department of Chinese Embassy in Iran, were present at the forum. The opening ceremony was presided over by Adeli, Vice Foreign Minister of Iran. BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu and Bijian Namdar Zanganeh, Petroleum Minister of Iran, separately gave a speech at the opening ceremony. Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia, Fu Chengyu, Head of Chinese Delegation and General Manager of China National Offshore Oil Corp., and Yang Qinglong, General Manager of Zhuhai Zhenrong Company, gave keynote speeches on issues concerning Asia and international energy cooperation at the opening ceremony. 

During the three-day meeting, delegates from governmental, petroleum, and academic circles of the countries made in-depth discussion and analysis of the issues in four fields, including Asia Energy Safety and Supply-Demand Cooperation, Investment in Energy Sector, Sustainable Development of Energy, and Regional Cooperation in Energy and Environment. The delegates present at the meeting expressed frank and sincere wishes for energy cooperation. It is the common goal and interest basis of petroleum producing countries and consuming countries to promote the long-term stable development and prosperity of petroleum and natural gas producing countries and safeguard the safe and smooth operation of petroleum and natural gas transport pipelines and the safety of petroleum and natural gas prices. To achieve the goal, the delegates unanimously agreed that Asian countries could carry out extensive cooperation in energy investment, energy technology and management, energy trade, and development of petroleum and natural gas resources and thus promote the healthy development of energy economy in the region. 

From August 22 to 24, 2004, the Asia Education Forum, which was established by BFA based on the proposal made by its sponsors’ meeting in December 2003, UNESCO, and the China Scholarship Council cosponsored in Beijing the first annual meeting of the “BFA Asia Education Forum,” which had a theme of “Building a Bridge for Asian Education.” The meeting aimed to promote regional education cooperation and exchange among Asian countries and integrate educational resources of the region. Over 300 delegates from all over the world, including governmental officials, representatives of international organizations, education experts, and entrepreneurs, attended the annual meeting. 

On August 25, 2004, BFA held in Langfang of China the “Circum-Bohai Conference on International Cooperation in Northeast Asia.” Attendees included Huang Mengfu, Vice Chair of CPPCC and Chair of the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce, Ramos, BFA Chair and former President of the Philippines, Chen Jinhua, Chief Chinese Representative to BFA and Chair of the Chinese Entrepreneurs Association, Lee Soo-sung, former Prime Minister of South Korea, Anami Koreshige, Japanese Ambassador to China, Willy, Philippine Ambassador to China, and Wu Liangyong, Professor of Tsinghua University. 

Leaders of the chambers of commerce in Northeast Asia, including Jin Hangui, Chair of the 21st Century South Korea – China Friendship Association, and Wu Guangzheng, Chair of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, attended the meeting. Also attending the meeting were Ji Yunshi, Governor of Hebei Province, Cai Limin, Vice Governor of Hebei Province, Zhang Mao, Vice Mayor of Beijing City, Yang Dongliang, Vice Mayor of Tianjin City, Song Beishan, Vice Governor of Shanxi Province, Li Jia, Vice Governor of Liaoning Province, Zhang Zhaofu, Vice Governor of Shandong Province, Shi Jichun, Vice Governor of Henan Province, Sun Baohou, Assistant Chair of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and representatives of famous enterprises and academic figures in Northeast Asia. The meeting built a good communication channel between the relevant governmental departments of China and the economic groups in the region. 

On September 26, 2004, BFA, the China Association of Mayors, and the People’s Government of Nantong City cosponsored in Nantong of China the “Summit Forum on Development of Metropolitan Belts in the World.” Mayors and delegates from 37 countries discussed the development strategy of metropolises in internationalization and economic integration and the challenges they are faced with.  

From November 10 to 12, 2004, BFA and the Government of Shenzhen City cosponsored in Shenzhen of China the “BFA World Logistics Meeting,” which had a theme of “Asia Interconnected with the World.” Over 600 delegates from 14 countries and regions attended the meeting, which offered them a platform to know each other and exchange ideas on logistics.

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