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BFA Chronicle in 2005

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On January 27, 2005, BFA, China Red Cross, and KPMG cosponsored in Beijing the “Post-Tsunami Economic Situation and International Cooperation Seminar.”

The seminar mainly discussed the economic situation in the disaster-stricken area after the Indian Ocean tsunami. Meanwhile, it looked into the modes of international cooperation during the rebuilding efforts. Long Yongtu, Secretary General of BFA, and Jiang Yiman, Executive Vice Chair of China Red Cross, introduced the post-tsunami rebuilding situation to the reporters present.

About 150 delegates attended the seminar, including the representatives of the United Nation, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and six other international organizations, diplomats from 15 countries and regions, and representatives of some Chinese organizations and enterprises. There were also 30 Chinese and foreign reporters present at the seminar.

On April 21, 2005, BFA held a press conference at the Beijing International Club Hotel. BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu introduced the preparations for the BFA 2005 Annual Meeting, activity schedule, and attendance of leaders of various countries. During the press conference, BFA also signed sponsorship agreements with major sponsors for its 2005 Annual Meeting.

From April 22 to 24, 2005, the Fourth BFA Annual Meeting, with a theme of “Asia Seeking Win-win Results: A New Role of Asia,” was held in Boao of Hainan. Jia Qinglin, Chairman of CPPCC, attended the meeting and gave the keynote speech entitled “Promoting All-round Cooperation, Working Together to Build a Harmonious and Prosperous Asia.” Over 1,200 political leaders, industrial and commercial personages, experts, and scholars from more than 40 countries, including Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Howard, Prime Minister of Australia, Schüssel, Prime Minister of Austria, Khalili, Vice President of Afghanistan, Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor of Singapore, Yesimov, Vice Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, and Zeng Yinquan, Acting Chief Executive of HKSAR, attended the meeting.

The report, Asian Integration, published as the first of its kind by BFA and the World Bank during the annual meeting, became the biggest theoretical contribution of BFA to Asian economic integration. Its research results will surely serve as the guidelines for governments and enterprises of Asian countries to formulate their development strategies.

From May 17 to 18, 2005, the 2005 Forum on International Cooperation in Northeast Asia and Circum-Bohai Economic Circle sponsored by BFA was held in Langfang of Hebei. With a theme of “Seeking Breakthrough for Cooperation,” the forum was devoted to upgrading the competitiveness of the Circum-Bohai Economic Circle and the enterprises in it so as to push regional economic cooperation to a new height. Huang Mengfu, Vice Chair of CPPCC and Chair of the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce, Ochirbat, former President of Mongolia, Lee Soo-sung, former Prime Minister of South Korea, Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Bai Keming, Secretary of CPC Hebei Provincial Committee, and Ji Yunshi, Governor of Hebei Province, attended the forum and gave speeches. The forum was presided over by BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu.

From October 14 to 16, 2005, the “2005 Asia Education Beijing Forum” was held in Beijing. The forum was cosponsored by BFA, UNESCO, and the China Scholarship Council.

Over 1,000 people, including state leaders of several Asian countries such as Lee Soo-sung, former Prime Minister of South Korea, Ramos, former President of the Philippines, Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Kolodko, former Vice Prime Minister of Poland, education ministers, senior and common officials in charge of education, presidents of renowned universities, experts, and scholars from 17 countries in Asian-Pacific Region, and representatives of some international organizations and educational organizations attended the opening ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People.

The forum was an education gathering featuring a large scale, multiple channels, and a high level. The delegates discussed education development in Asian countries and Education Development Strategies for Asia in the 21st Century. By approaching educational issues of common concern, they mean to expand channels for education exchange and cooperation.

From November 9 to 11, 2005, the “First Euro-Asia Economic Forum” cosponsored by BFA, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the China National Development Bank was held in Xi’an of Shaanxi.

Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, gave an important speech at the meeting. Over 800 people, including political leaders, personages from industrial and commercial circles, and scholars from over ten countries in Euro-Asian Continent such as China, Russia, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan, and representatives of some international organizations, attended the forum. The forum discussed how to strengthen the cooperation among Euro-Asian countries in infrastructure construction, energy, finance, and tourism. Akilov, Prime Minister of Tajikistan, and Mezentsev, Vice Chairman of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia, both spoke highly of the role of the Euro-Asia Economic Forum in promoting regional economic cooperation.

On November 14, 2005, the BFA 2005 International Culture Industry Forum was initiated in Beijing. Cheng Siwei, Vice Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, and George Bush, former President of the United States, attended the inauguration ceremony.

According to BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu, this international meeting on culture industry was held with a view to offering a platform to the political, corporate, and academic circles of the countries involved to exchange ideas on the development of their culture industries.

From November 17 to 19, 2005, the BFA International Culture Industry Forum was held in Zhongshan of Guangdong. This was the first activity related to culture industry held by BFA.

Ramos, BFA Chairman and former President of the Philippines, Bob Hawke, BFA Director and former Prime Minister of Australia, Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Long Yongtu, BFA Secretary General, attended the meeting and gave speeches.

With a theme of “Value, Development, and Originality,” the meeting discussed the strategy and prospect for combining culture industry with financial capital and other industries. There were more than 1,000 attendees. During the meeting, some large-scale art activities, including the “BFA Prize-giving Ceremony for Excellent Contributions Made during Chinese Movies’ Recognition in the World,” were held.

From November 20 to 21, 2005, the First BFA Entrepreneur Summit Meeting, with a theme of “Global Vision and Challenge by Internationalization,” was held in Shenzhen of Guangdong. Thaksin, Prime Minister of Thailand, Ramos, BFA Chairman and former President of the Philippines, and Chen Jinhua, former Vice Chair of CPPCC, attended the meeting. Thaksin gave the keynote speech entitled “Asian’s Competitiveness in World Economy”.

More than 700 entrepreneurs of famous enterprises from over 20 countries and regions attended the meeting and held talks on issues such as brand, innovation, and energy. BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu said that forecasting world economic trend and studying energy issue would become two brands to be built by the entrepreneur summit meeting.

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