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BFA Chronicle in 2011

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On January 6, 2011, BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong held a press conference in Beijing, announcing that the BFA 2011 Annual Meeting, with a theme of “Inclusive Development: Common Agenda and Brand-new Challenge,” would be held in Boao from April 14 to 16.

Zhou said that the annual meeting would include some new activities such as a round-table meeting for private entrepreneurs, a round-table meeting for Chinese businessmen, the Bridge Masters Contest, and the Contemporary Chinese Culture and Art Exhibition.

According to Zhou, the annual meeting had diamond sponsors such as Sweden's Volvo Group, FMG Group, and Chinese Moutai Group, platinum sponsors such as Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, German Evonik, Tata Group, Shanghai GM, and Tencent.com, and gold medal sponsors such as SK group of South Korea, Danfoss Company of Denmark, New Fortune Magazine, and Mengniu Group. Deloitte and "Finance" Magazine signed up as intellectual supporters of BFA.

Zhou said that BFA would invite about 600 Chinese and overseas reporters to cover the meeting. The China daily, China News Agency, "Outlook" Weekly, Phoenix Satellite TV, "Finance" Magazine, First Financial, Tencent.com, CNBC, and Wall Street Journal had become BFA cooperation partners. They would carry out extensive publicity prior to the annual meeting and dispatch professional teams to cover the entire event. Chinese and overseas mainstream media such as the People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, Central People's Broadcasting Station, China Radio International, China News Agency, BBC, Associated Press, and Reuters would continue covering the annual meeting.

Zhou said that the logo of the annual meeting, a number “10” made of several set sails, represented that the ten-year-old BFA would again set sail from a new starting point and forge ahead with a brand-new posture and wider vision towards a broader world stage.

 

On January 6, 2011, BFA held at the China World Hotel in Beijing a spring festival reception to thank friends from all walks of life for their long-term care and support to the development of BFA. The reception was presided over by BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong. Zeng Peiyan, former Vice Premier of China and Vice Chairman of BFA, attended the reception and gave a speech. Over 200 Chinese officials, representatives of Chinese and overseas corporate circles, academic personages, foreign diplomats to China, and long-term cooperation partners of BFA were invited to the reception.

On January 12, 2011, BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong met at BFA Secretariat with Zhang Xinsheng, Head of China Education Association for International Exchange and former Vice Education Minister of China. The two sides reached consensus on further strengthening cooperation, and jointly promoting education cooperation in the Asian-Pacific Region and internationalization of China’s education.

From February 15 to 19, 2011, at the invitation of the local directors and members of BFA, Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong visited Singapore and Malaysia. He paid visits to the local BFA directors, relevant governmental departments, BFA members, and well-known corporate representatives. Zhou paid separate official calls on Goh Chok Tong, BFA Director, former Prime Minister and Senior Minister of Singapore, and Badawi, BFA Director and former Prime Minister of Malaysia, introducing to them the progress of preparations for the BFA 2011 Annual Meeting, and the recent work and plan of BFA for the coming period. The two directors fully affirmed and spoke highly of all BFA work, especially the preparations for its annual meeting. They expressed willingness to promote the major enterprises of their countries to take part in forum activities. Zhou also paid visits to He Jing, President of Singapore Temasek Holdings, Zhang Yongchang, Director of International Corporate Development Bureau (BFA member), Cai Qisheng, Vice President of Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, and Mustafa, Minister of the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Malaysia, Kohilan, Vice Foreign Minister of Malaysia, Zhong Tingsen, President of Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Lion Group, Alif, Vice President of National Petroleum Company (BFA member), and Li Jinyou, Founder of Greenfield Group (BFA member).

On February 23, 2011, BFA Vice Chairman Zeng Peiyan and BFA Chairman Yasuo Fukuda talked over phone and exchanged ideas about the preparations for the BFA 2011 Annual Meeting.

On February 25, 2011, the BFA Secretariat donated 50,000 RMB to New Zealand earthquake-stricken area via the New Zealand Embassy in China. On behalf of the workers of BFA Secretariat and donating member units, BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong handed the donation to Ms. Shen Qianping, Charge d'affaires ad interim of New Zealand to China.

On March 13, 2011, BFA Vice Chairman Zeng Peiyan and Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong separately phoned Yasuo Fukuda, BFA Chairman and former Prime Minister of Japan, to express their sincere sympathy for the loss caused by the strong earthquake taking place in northeast Japan on March 11. They wished that the Japanese people overcome the rare natural disaster and rebuild their homeland as soon as possible. On March 14, Zhou sent a telegram of consolation to Uichiro Niwa, Japanese Ambassador to China.

On March 23, 2011, the BFA Secretariat donated 50,000 RMB to the Red Cross Society of China for helping the disaster-relief efforts in Japan. On behalf of the workers of BFA Secretariat and donating member units, BFA Executive Chief Supervisor Wu Jun transferred the donation to Ren Hao, Vice Chief of the Liaison Office of the Red Cross Society of China. Koki Hirotaro, Counselor of the Economic Department of Japanese Embassy to China, attended the transfer ceremony. He expressed sincere gratitude to BFA for its donation and to the Red Cross Society of China for its efforts.

On April 6, 2011, the BFA 2011 Annual Meeting and annual report press conference was held at the Prosper Center in Beijing.

On the afternoon of April 13, 2011, BFA held a Council meeting. Yasuo Fukuda, BFA Chairman and former Prime Minister of Japan, presided over the meeting. Some 13 directors and director representatives attended the meeting. These included Zeng Peiyan, BFA Vice Chairman, Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Goh Chok Tong, former Prime Minister and Senior Minister of Singapore, and Paulson, former Financial Minister of the US. Raffarin, BFA Director and former Prime Minister of France, did not personally attend the meeting due to a conflicting schedule, but he would attend other activities of the Forum.

BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong gave a report on the work of the Secretariat in 2010 and the plan for 2011. The Council appreciated and approved the performance of the Secretariat in internal construction, member service, academic study, and influence expansion in the past year, and ratified the BFA Work Plan for 2011.

After the Council meeting, a BFA General Assembly was held, which discussed and passed the report by the Secretary General.

On April 13, 2011, the BFA Council passed a resolution as follows:

Whereas BFA, since its founding in 2001, has successfully held nine annual meetings and is about to hold the 10th annual meeting, and has become one of the major economic forums in the world to discuss the topics concerning the development of Asia and emerging economies;

Whereas the People’s Republic of China, as the host country, has given BFA constant and strong support for its founding and development;

Whereas all sponsor nations have given support to the growth of BFA;

Whereas the People’s Government of Hainan Province, the host place of BFA, has offered guarantee and other support to the founding and development of BFA;

Whereas all former directors have made huge efforts and outstanding contributions to the development of BFA;

Whereas the strategic cooperation partners of BFA have offered financial and other support to the development of BFA;

Whereas people from all walks of life have constantly given great attention and active support to the development of BFA during the past ten years;

The BFA Council passes the following resolution: At the 10th anniversary of BFA, we’d like to express our admiration and gratitude to the government of the host country, the People’s Republic of China, the governments of all sponsor nations, the People’s Government of Hainan Province, the host place of BFA, all former directors of BFA, strategic cooperation partners of BFA, and people from all walks of life who have given long-term support to BFA development.

From April 14 to 16, 2011, the 10th BFA Annual Meeting, with a theme of “Inclusive Development: Common Agenda and Brand-new Challenge,” was held in Boao. Chinese President Hu Jintao attended the opening ceremony and gave the keynote speech entitled “Promoting Joint Development, Building a Harmonious Asia Together.” Medvedev, President of Russia, Rousseff, President of Brazil, Zuma, President of South Africa, Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister of South Korea, Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain, Azarov, Prime Minister of Ukraine, and English, Vice Prime Minister of New Zealand, attended the opening ceremony and gave speeches. The annual meeting had 27 branch meetings and over 50 activities. The serial celebrations for the 10th anniversary of BFA were the highlight. The annual meeting in 2011 was a gala with the most attendees and participating nations and regions since the founding of BFA. The 2,474 delegates came from Asia, Europe, South and North America, Oceania, and Africa and they represented business circles, academic circles, and political circles of their regions.

On May 19, 2011, BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong held in Beijing a press conference, introducing to Chinese and overseas media the two important international conferences to be held in Australia and France by BFA in the second half of the year. Geoff Raby, Australian Ambassador to China, Zhuang Binjun, Chief Representative of the Business Office of the Government of Western Australia in China, Gerard Errera, former Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, and representatives of French Embassy in China and some sponsors attended the press conference.

From May 21 to 27, 2011, at the invitation of two BFA members, Sinar Mas Group and Chia Tai Group, BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong visited Indonesia and Thailand. During the visit, Zhou separately met with Surin, Secretary General of ASEAN, Lukman, Vice Economic Planning Minister of Indonesia, Hidayat, Industry Minister of Indonesia, Siregar, Vice Trade Minister of Indonesia, and Daron, Vice Prime Minister of Thailand, Vilachai, Science and Technology Minister of Thailand, and Aaron, Vice Commerce Minister of Thailand. Zhou also visited BFA member enterprises in the two countries and held talks with the industrial and commercial circles of the two countries.

On July 10, 2011, BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong received a joint interview by Chinese media. Zhou said that the “BFA Energy, Resources, and Sustainable Development Meeting” would soon be held in Perth of Australia. The meeting was originally designed to promote the building of a dialog platform between resources supplying countries and consuming countries and urge the relevant parties to strengthen coordination and cooperation in issues such as sustainable development.

From July 11 to 12, 2011, BFA held the BFA Perth Meeting in Perth of Australia. Cosponsored by BFA and the Government of Western Australia, the meeting had a theme of “Resources, Environment, and Development.” BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong presided over the opening ceremony. Colin Barnett, Governor of Western Australia, Yasuo Fukuda, Chairman of BFA, Kevin Rudd, Foreign Minister of Australia, Friest, CEO of Australia FMG, and Wang Jiaxiang, General Manager of China National Offshore Oil Corporation, separately gave speeches at the opening ceremony.

The Perth Meeting was the first meeting in Australia by BFA, and also the second forum on energy outside China since the Iran Energy Meeting in 2004.

On August 25, 2011, Zeng Peiyan, Vice Chairman of BFA, met at Zhongnanhai with Lee Soo-sung, former Prime Minister of South Korea. BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong, BFA Executive Chief Supervisor Yao Wang, and Zhang Chenggang and Lei Zhen from the Asia Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, were present at the meeting. The two sides reviewed the China – South Korea friendship and the great results achieved by them in international cooperation. Zeng Peiyan welcomed Lee’s attendance to the Second Northeast Asia Ecology Forum and introduced to him the new Council election of BFA and its work in the current year. Former Prime Minister Lee Soo-sung said that he would continue supporting the work of BFA and get more involved in forum activities.

From August 27 to 28, 2011, the “Second Northeast Asia Ecology (Yichun) Forum” cosponsored by the State Forestry Administration, the People’s Government of Heilongjiang Province, and the BFA Research & Training Institute was held in Yichun City of Heilongjiang Province. Jin Jibin, Vice Secretary General of Heilongjiang Provincial Government, presided over the opening ceremony. Huang Jiansheng, Secretary of the Political and Legal Committee of Heilongjiang Province, Zhang Yongli, Vice Head of the State Forestry Administration, Zhou Wenzhong, Secretary General of BFA, Lee Soo-sung, former Prime Minister of South Korea, and Wang Aiwen, Secretary of CPC Yichun City Committee, gave speeches. The theme report of the opening ceremony was presided over by Yao Wang, BFA Executive Chief Supervisor and Executive Vice Head of BFA Research Institute.

About 200 delegates, including project officials and experts from the International Centre for Climate Change Research, FAO, and Chinese Green Carbon Fund, and relevant experts, scholars, entrepreneurs, and media workers from China, Japan, and South Korea attended the forum. The attendees had in-depth discussion and study of a number of major issues, including the active promotion of the establishment and improvement of the ecological protection policies by the government, active development of low-carbon economy, promotion of the green production, consumption, and lifestyle in favor of resources conservation and environmental protection, enhancement of the building of ecological culture, and promotion of the harmonious development of man and nature.

Green, low-carbon, and environmental protection have always been the topics drawing the close attention of BFA. Its 2010 Annual Meeting had a theme of “Green Recovery: Realistic Choice for Asia’s Sustainable Development.” It also set topics on ecology and environmental protection for sub-forums during its annual meetings. The attendees pointed out that Asia was a major carbon-discharging continent and Asian countries should pay greater and greater attention to forest ecological protection during their shift into the new green development mode.

This was the BFA Research & Training Institute’s first involvement in the Northeast Asia Ecology Forum. The First Northeast Asia Ecology Forum was held in Yichun City of Heilongjiang Province from August 28 to 29, 2009, which passed the Consensus of Northeast Asia Ecology (Yichun) Forum. The first forum was a complete success and produced extensive and far-reaching international influence.

On September 15, 2011, the “2011 Boao Youth Forum (Hong Kong)” cosponsored by BFA and the Hong Kong Y.Elites Association Limited was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Dong Jianhua, Vice Chairman of CPPCC, Tang Yingnian, Chief Executive of HKSAR, Zhou Bo, Vice Chief of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Lu Xinhua, Commissioner of the Office of Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in HKSAR, Wang Zhimin, Vice Chief of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in  HKSAR, Zhou Wenzhang, Vice Head of Chinese Academy of Governance, Wu Hailong, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Zhang Xinsheng, Head of China Education Association for International Exchange, Qi Xingda, Vice Chairman of All-China Youth Federation, Li Guixiong, Head of Thai Young Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Shankar Vanavarayar, Chairman of Industrial Association of India Youth Federation, and Zhou Wenzhong, Secretary General of BFA, Hong Weimin, Chairman of Hong Kong Y.Elites Association Limited, and Chen Ningning and Liao Weilin, Chairmen of the Preparation Committee, attended the opening ceremony.

With a theme of “Asian Economy and Society in Transformation: Mission and Role of Youth,” this was the third youth forum cosponsored by BFA and the Hong Kong Y.Elites Association Limited. Some 30 speakers gave wonderful speeches centering on the theme. The attendees discussed the topics in four aspects, namely the original culture industry of Asia, future of internet, education system reform, and sustainable development of economy. Dong Jianhua, Tang Yingnian, Zhou Bo, Wang Zhimin, and BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong gave speeches at the opening ceremony. Wu Hailong and Zhang Xinsheng gave keynote speeches. Over 1,500 scholars, officials, corporate elites, experts, and youth representatives from the Asian-Pacific Region attended the meeting.

On October 14, 2011, Zeng Peiyan, Vice Chairman of BFA and former Vice Premier of China, met at the Beijing Diaoyutai State Guest House with Raffarin, BFA Director and former Prime Minister of France. The two sides had in-depth discussion about recent work of BFA, its 2012 Annual Meeting, and preparations for the Third BFA International Capital Meeting to be held in Paris. BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong attended the meeting.

On November 1, 2011, BFA and the US-China Business Council cosponsored at the Grand Hyatt Beijing the Second China – US Entrepreneur Summit Dialog. Zhou Wenzhong, Secretary General of BFA, and Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board of US-China Business Council jointly presided over the dialog.

Entrepreneurs from China and the US had active and frank discussion about some topics of common concern, including the economic prospects of the two countries, global economic recovery, investment environments of the two countries, challenges confronting the enterprises, promotion of the elimination of investment barriers, corporate innovation against the background of globalization, and excellent cases. They also reached consensus on a number of issues, including joint promotion of the healthy development of China-US economic and trade cooperation and fight against trade protectionism.

Other guests attending the dialog included Chinese entrepreneurs such as Jin Liqun, Chief Supervisor of China Investment Corp, Ren Hongbin, Chairman of the Board of China National Machinery Industry Corp, Xiong Weiping, Chairman of the Board of Aluminum Corporation of China, Miao Jianmin, Chairman of the Board of China Life Asset Management Co. Ltd., Wang Boming, Chairman of the Board of SEEC Media Group, and leaders of Construction Bank of China, Mengniu Dairy Group, and China International Capital Co., Ltd., and American entrepreneurs such as Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board of US-China Business Council and Chairman of the Board of Coca-Cola Company, Bob McDonald, Vice Chairman of the Board of US-China Business Council and Chairman of the Board of P&G, John Frisbie, Head of US-China Business Council, Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company, and leaders of Motorola Systems Company, UPS Company, Cargill Inc, Exxon Mobil Corp, Dell Company, Barbara Franklin Company, ACE Group, Timken Company, Ford Automobile Company, General Electric, and America Johnson Company.

The second dialog cosponsored by the two parties since their first cooperation last year, the dialog aimed to build a high-end dialog platform for Chinese and American business circles, allowing them to have face-to-face exchange, more clearly judge and keep abreast of the medium and long-term trend of global economic growth and investment environments of the two countries, deepen their cooperation, and achieve reciprocal win-win results.

On November 5, 2011, BFA held in Qingdao of Shandong an International Energy and Resources Round-table Meeting. BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong presided over the opening ceremony. Rutledge, former Economic Counselor to US President, Mark Vaile, former Vice Prime Minister of Australia, and Zhang Guobao, Chief of the Expert Consultation Committee of China National Energy Commission, gave keynote speeches. During the one-day round-table discussion, over 50 representatives of energy suppliers and users, governmental officials, enterprise leaders, experts, and scholars made comprehensive assessment of the medium and long-term trend of energy and resources in the whole world and discussed the feasibility and follow-up actions for building a global energy and resources dialog platform based on the BFA platform.

On November 8, 2011, Zeng Peiyan, Vice Chairman of BFA and former Vice Premier of China, met at the Taiwan Hall of the Great Hall of the People with Hawke, one of the BFA initiators and former Prime Minister of Australia. The two sides exchanged ideas about recent work of BFA, its 2012 Annual Meeting, and economic and trade cooperation between China and Australia. BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong was present at the meeting.

From November 22 to 24, 2011, the BFA International Capital Meeting was held in Paris, France. Speaking guests included Yasuo Fukuda, Chairman of BFA, Zeng Peiyan, Vice Chairman of BFA, Zhou Wenzhong, Secretary General of BFA, Bafaan, Economic, Financial, and Industrial Minister of France, Raffarin, former Prime Minister and current Vice Speaker of France and Director of BFA, Ambassador Herrera, former Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and Special Consultant of Blackstone Group, Kong Quan, Chinese Ambassador to France, Zhang Guobao, Chief of the Expert Consultation Committee of China National Energy Commission, Ma Xiuhong, former Vice Commerce Minister and Chair of the Foreign Trade Center Council, Wei Jianguo, Secretary General of China International Economic Exchange Center, Zhang Yansheng, Head of the Foreign Economic Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission, Fang Xinghai, Chief of the Financial Service Office of Shanghai Municipal Government, Li Jiange, Chairman of the Board of CICC, Wang Binghua, Chairman of the Board of National Nuclear Power Technology Corp, Chen Feng, Chairman of the Board of Hainan Airlines Company, Zheng Wanchun, President of China Great Wall Asset Management Corporation, Liu Yangsheng, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Hao Capital, Fan Yunxiang, President of Tri-Tech Holding Inc., Zhao Guohua, President and CEO of Schneider Electric and Chairman of France-China Committee, Sarand, President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Company and Director of France-China Committee, Vahland, CEO of Peugeot Citroen and Director of France-China Committee, Dahl Theis, CEO of SEB Group, Grimm Stone, Chairman of the Board of Standard Life Insurance Company, Urcell, CEO of AREVA, Louis, CEO of LIVING PLANIT, Kang Ruizhe, President and CEO of Kreab Gavin Anderson, Parr, Vice Chairman of the Board of Reed Group, Mallock, Chief of International Merger Business of Morgan Stanley, Seruti, President and VCEO of NYSE Euronext, Cohen, partner of Sullivan & Cromwell Law Firm, Malan, Chairman of the Board of FONDATIONS Capital Company, and Pierre Terry, Chairman of the Board of Asia-Europe Joint Capital Group.

The International Capital Meeting drew senior representatives of many European industrial companies and professional service enterprises in finance, consultation, law, audit, and public relations, and representatives of academic and media circles. President Sarkozy held a reception at the Elysee Palace.

On December 6, 2011, BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong met with and entertained Paulson, BFA Director and former Financial Minister of the US, in Beijing. Secretary General Zhou introduced to Paulson the preparations for the BFA 2012 Annual Meeting. He confirmed that the meeting would be held from April 1 to 3 and its theme would be “Asia Changing the World: Heading for Healthy and Sustainable Development.”

Members of Paulson Delegation and Chinese entrepreneur representatives exchanged ideas on issues such as “the role of transnational companies in reforming world economy and investment opportunities and challenges confronting Chinese enterprises in the US.”

Other guests attending the dinner party included the following Chinese entrepreneur representatives: Wei Jiafu, Chairman of the Board of COSCO Group, Ren Hongbin, Chairman of the Board of Chinese Machinery Industry Group, Chang Zhenming, Chairman of the Board of CITIC Group, Yang Yuanqing, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Lenovo Group, Zong Qinghou, Chairman of the Board of Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co., Ltd., Zhang Yongping, Chairman of the Board of Beijing Xiushui Street Market Co., Ltd., and Chen Bin, President of the Ritz Carlton Hotel and JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong.

On December 16, 2011, at the invitation of FICCI, a sponsor member of BFA, Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong attended the Annual Meeting of FICCI National Executive Committee in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, and gave a speech entitled “Development in China – Impact on India” at the meeting. Secretary General Zhou shared his views on a stronger cooperation between China and India and their building of a strategic cooperation partnership for peace and prosperity in current situation with over 200 executive members of FICCI and entrepreneurs from all parts of India. He also introduced the preparations for the BFA 2012 Annual Meeting and answered some questions from the audience. After the meeting, Secretary General Zhou paid a courtesy call on Mr. Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat. 

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