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BFA Chronicle in 2006

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On January 9, 2006, the No.1 works of the Xiangrui, Qiankun, and Huaxia vase series, which respectively represented Heaven, Earth, and People and were presented by BFA as national gifts to world leaders during its 2003, 2004, and 2005 annual meetings, were officially included into the collection of the National Museum.

On February 22, 2006, the BFA 2006 Annual Meeting Press Conference and Sponsorship Agreement Signing Ceremony was held in Beijing. BFA signed agreements with AP Moller - Maersk, Microsoft, Merrill Lynch, Australia Woodside Petroleum, and Dongfeng Nissan, recognizing them as the major sponsors for the BFA 2006 Annual Meeting.

On April 20, 2006, BFA issued the BFA 2006 Annual Report. BFA promises to publish high-quality Asian economic operation monitoring report each year. In addition, BFA Secretariat announced that preparations for BFA 2006 Annual Meeting had been basically completed.

On April 21, 2006, Zeng Qinghong, Member of the CPC Central Committee and Chinese Vice President, met in Boao of Hainan with Xiao Wanchang, Chairman of the Board of Taiwan Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation, and his company. Mr. Xiao came to Hainan to attend the“BFA 2006 Annual Meeting.”

On April 21, 2006, the BFA 2006 Annual Meeting Press Conference was held. BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu said that Israel and New Zealand had been approved by the BFA Council and member meeting to become BFA sponsor nations. As a result, the number of BFA sponsor nations had increased to 28.

From April 22 to 23, 2006, the Fifth BFA Annual Meeting, with a theme of “Asia Seeking Win-win Results: New Opportunities for Asia,” was held in Boao of Hainan. Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong attended the opening ceremony and gave the keynote speech entitled “Seizing the New Opportunities for Asia, Working Together to Create a Better Future for the World.” BFA directors such as Urusemal, President of Micronesia, Drnovsek, President of Slovenia, and Yusuf, Vice President of Indonesia, and Ramos, former President of the Philippines, and Jess Soderberg, CEO of AP Moller – Maersk, attended the opening ceremony and gave speeches. The opening ceremony was presided over by BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu. Over 1,400 political leaders, personages from industrial and commercial circles, experts, and scholars from 39 countries and regions attended the annual meeting.

On the evening of April 22, 2006, the Night of Boao --- BFA 2006 Annual Meeting Charity Banquet was held, during which, BFA donated the one million RMB it raised to Hainan Province for building five schools in some remote and poor areas in the province.

On April 24, 2006, BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu said at the closing press conference of the annual meeting that offering an exchange platform to entrepreneurs was the value orientation of BFA. Being more practical than before, this year’s annual meeting had in-depth discussion of a number of issues, including Doha Round, economic integration of Asia, and international energy. It held the first special round-table conference entitled “Youth Leaders of Our Time” and the “Meeting for Entrepreneurs across Taiwan Straits --- Strengthening Cross-straits Economic Cooperation, Achieving Joint Prosperity across Taiwan Straits.” This year, the forum also probed into some issues concerning the ordinary people, including real estate and automobile. The classification of the discussion scopes was done more finely and professionally.

From April 26 to 27, 2006, BFA held in Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province, China an international medicine industry meeting, which had a theme of “Working Together to Create a Harmonious Future: Health and Prosperity.” Over 500 high-ranking governmental officials, representatives of international organizations, representatives of world-famous medicine enterprises and associations, experts, scholars, and media reporters, including Tereshchenko, former Vice President and then Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, and Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, attended the meeting.

On November 13, 2006, BFA and Japan International Exchange Foundation cosponsored in Kyoto of Japan the Asia Cultural Cooperation and Exchange Seminar, the first BFA meeting in Japan. Over 200 delegates attended the meeting and had a lively discussion about issues such as globalization, culture, and common values of Asia. The meeting had positive significance in promoting mutual understanding among Asian countries.

From November 24 to 25, 2006, BFA and the Government of Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province cosponsored a Circular Economy International Summit Meeting. This was to learn from the developed countries’ experience and lessons during their development and promote the sustainable development of developing countries, especially those in Asia. The meeting invited some circular economy experts and enterprise leaders from the US, Britain, Japan, and South Korea to have extensive discussion with over 600 delegates.

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