BFA Chronicle in 2008
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On January 24, 2008, BFA held a press conference in Beijing, during which, its Secretary General Long Yongtu announced that the BFA 2008 Annual Meeting would be held in Boao, Hainan, China from April 11 to 13. The theme of the meeting would be “Green Asia: Achieving Win-win Results in Reform.” Long Yongtu also announced that Shanghai GM was the sponsor of designated passenger vehicles for BFA in 2008.

On April 11, 2008, Jiang Xiaosong, Vice Chairman of BFA, told reporters that BFA would hold a forum on finance in London from June 3 to 5. This was the first attempt made by BFA to enter the international arena.

On April 11, 2008, BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu said in Boao of Hainan that the BFA 2008 Annual Meeting would begin on April 12 in Boao, Hainan, China, and all preparations for the meeting had been completed.

On April 12, 2008, the BFA 2008 Annual Meeting was held in Boao, Hainan Province. Chinese President Hu Jintao attended the opening ceremony and gave the keynote speech entitled “Sticking to Reform and Opening up, Promoting Cooperation for Win-win Results.” Leaders of nine countries, including Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia, and Musharraf, President of Pakistan, also attended the opening ceremony and gave speeches. BFA Chairman Ramos gave a welcoming speech at the BFA 2008 Annual Meeting Opening Ceremony. Over 1,700 governmental officials, corporate representatives, academic experts, and media reporters from Asia and other regions of the world attended the opening ceremony.

On April 12, 2008, the BFA 2008 Annual Meeting Evening Party was held in Boao Town. Chinese President Hu Jintao, Musharraf, President of Pakistan, Enkhbayar, President of Mongolia, Kikwete, President of Tanzania, Bachelet, President of Chile, King Tupou V of the Kingdom of Tonga, Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden, and over 1,000 delegates enjoyed the performance.

At 7 pm on April 13, 2008, the BFA Charity Banquet & Evening Party was held at the Boao Sofitel Hotel. The party raised one million RMB of charity fund. After the party began, a short film introducing Madui Primary School, Binshu Township, Yinjiang County, Guizhou Province was shown on the big screen. During the sleet frost in the south of China around the Spring Festival of 2008, Madui Primary School was greatly affected. The one million RMB would be used to improve the school’s conditions. BFA started its charity efforts in 2005. Three years on, it had raised 3.20 million RMB, which was used to rebuild school buildings for six schools in poverty-stricken areas inside and outside China.

On June 2, 2008, BFA Secretariat decided to donate the remaining 100,000 RMB of its charity fund raised in 2007 to Sichuan earthquake-stricken areas. In future, BFA Secretariat would continue using its charity fund to help rebuild schools in disaster-stricken areas in Sichuan. In addition, all workers of BFA Secretariat made donation on their own initiative to help the people in the disaster-stricken areas. Via local volunteers, they bought the materials most needed and sent them to people in the areas.

From June 3 to 5, 2008, the BFA International Capital Summit was held in London, UK. As the first large-scale international meeting held outside Asia in BFA history, the summit was cosponsored by BFA and the Cavendish International Group, a famous media group of UK. World-renowned investment banks such as Goldman, J. P. Morgan, UBS, and HSBC, and Blackstone, a large-scale foundation company in Europe, dispatched senior managerial personnel to attend the summit and give speeches on transnational merger, investment, and financing.

At 15:45 on August 6, 2008, BFA Secretary General Long Yongtu participated in the torch relay in Xuanwu District, Beijing, China as one of the torch holders for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

From November 1 to 2, 2008, BFA, the Red Cross Society of China, and the One Foundation by Jet Li cosponsored in Beijing the “China Global Public Service and Charity Forum.” The activity aimed to offer a platform of summit dialog and cooperation for global leaders dedicated to the charity cause by surpassing segregations in culture, race, and area. Via video link, former US President Clinton and former British Prime Minister Blair expressed their best wishes for the charity cause to more than 700 delegates from governments, enterprises, NGOs, charity organizations, international organizations, and research institutes.

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