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BFA Chronicle in 2014

Time:2014-11-05 16:42:31    Views:2264052    Origin:Boao Forum for Asia

On the afternoon of January 8th, 2014, the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Secretariat held a press conference,Secretary-General Mr. ZHOU Wenzhong gave a detailed briefing about the preparatory work of the BFA Annual Conference 2014. He announced that the Annual Conference will be held in Boao, Hainan province, China from 8 to 11 April 2014 with its theme being "Asia's New Future: Identifying New Growth Drivers".

On January 8th, 2014, BFA held New Year Reception at China Summit Wing, Beijing to thank friends from all walks of life for their long-term solicitude and support to the development of BFA.

On January 15th, 2014, Secretary General ZHOU Wenzhong visited Japan at the invitation of Yasuo Fukuda, chairman of Boao Forum for Asia.

On February 19th, 2014, BFA Secretary General ZHOU Wenzhong visited Nanjing of Jiangsu at the invitation of the People’s Government of Jiangsu Province.

On February 25th, 2014, BFA Secretary General ZHOU Wenzhong met in Beijing with Paulson, the visiting BFA director and former financial minister of the US.

On March 15th, 2014, at the invitation of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), BFA secretary general ZHOU Wenzhong attended the 2014 Working Conference for UCLG Members from the Mainland of China convened in Wuhan of Hubei. He gave a report on the theme of “Current International Situation and Diplomacy of China” to about 60 cadres of foreign affairs and friendship systems from all over China.

On March 26th, 2014, BFA secretary general ZHOU Wenzhong held a press conference to introduce the preparations for the coming the BFA Annual Conference 2014, including the Dates, theme, topics, and sub-meetings, Highlights and innovations of the annual conference, attendance, partners and media. Meanwhile, the press released BFA Progress of Asian Economic Integration 2014 Annual Report, BFA Asian Competitiveness 2014 Annual Report and BFA Development of Emerging Economies 2014 Annual Report.

From April 8th through April 11th, the BFA Annual Conference 2014 was held in Boao, China, which drew extensive attention. More than 1,700 personages in political, business and academic circles from 52 countries and regions of the world attended the conference. Among them, there were more than 80 ministerial-level officials from various states and chiefs of international organizations, more than 150 high-ranking executives from the World Top 500 Enterprises, as well as quite a number of academic thought leaders, who together carried out in-depth discussions and communications about the driving forces for the future sustainable development of Asia.

During the BFA Annual Conference 2014, BFA Chairman Yasuo Fukuda presided over the BFA Board of Directors Meeting and the BFA General Members Meeting; talked about the economic situation in Japan at the " Asian Economic Outlook 2014: A Dialogue with BFA Board of Directors"; led the Japanese delegation to participate in the "Japan-China CEO Dialogue: Japan-China Economic Relations & Trade-Status Quo & Prospect" meeting; delivered, on behalf of BFA, welcoming remarks at the Opening Ceremony; and proposed toasts at the Welcome Dinner for BFA Members and Partners. He also had in-depth exchange of views with BFA Vice Chairman Zeng Peiyan on matters of the Annual conference, and led the Japanese delegation to meet with Chinese leaders.

During the BFA Annual Conference 2014, Mr. Zeng Peiyan, Vice Chairman of BFA exchanged views on issues concerning the Annual Conference in an in-depth manner with BFA Chairman Yasuo Fukuda and his wife, and attended the BFA Board of Directors Meeting, BFA General Members Meeting, as well as such panel as the "Asian Economic Outlook for 2014: A Dialogue with BFA Board of Directors", "Reform: Reviving the Competitiveness of Asia & Emerging Markets" and "Japan-China CEO Dialogue: Japan-China Economic Relations & Trade – Status Qup & Prospect". He delivered a keynote speech at the meeting of " Reform: Reviving the Competitiveness of Asia & Emerging Markets ", and also gave a message on behalf of BFA at the Welcome Dinner. In addition, He met separately with Mr. Melamed, Honorary Chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; and three BFA Boaord of Directors, namely, Mr. Goh Chok Tong, Emeritus Senior Minister of Singapore, Mr. Mohamed Al Mady, CEO of the Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation, and Mr. Lee Jae-yong, President of the Samsung Group, and had communications and discussions with them on the issues of BFA work and regional cooperation.

During the BFA Annual Conference 2014, Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong met with delegates from various circles attending the Conference, including Sanjeev Chadha, CEO of the Asia, Middle East and Africa Region of PepsiCo; Jiang Weiming, President of the China Region of the Royal DSM of the Netherlands; Guy Bradley, the chief representative of Swire(China); Arun Maira, member of the Planning Commission of India, and Ashok Kantha, Indian ambassador to China, etc. SG Zhou thanked the guests for attending the Annual Conference and expressed his willingness to work with all parties to promote the development of BFA and the regional cooperation of Asia.

On April 10th,2014, the very day of the opening ceremony of the BFA Annual Conference 2014, BFA organized the “BFA Annual Conference 2014 Health-Care and Charity Tour”.

On April 17th, 2014, Secretary General Mr. ZHOU Wenzhong, at the invitation of the China Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD), attended the opening ceremony of the 10th Seminar on the New Trend of Sustainable Development held by CBCSD in Beijing and delivered a keynote speech.

On May 12th, 2014, Secretary General ZHOU Wenzhong attended at invitation the seminar of "China-Portuguese Countries Relations: China and Brazil" organized by the Macao University of Science and Technology and delivered a keynote speech.

On May 21st, 2014, BFA Secretariat and Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy,Minister of State in the Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates and Honorary President of Falcon and Associates, representative of the government of the United Arab Emirates, signed an agreement in Beijing for the joint holding of the BFA Financial Cooperation Conference in Dubai.

On June 5th, 2014, BFA Secretary General ZHOU Wenzhong met in Beijing with Andrew Stoner, the visiting vice governor of New South Wales, Australia. They signed a memorandum of understanding for the cooperation, in which the BFA, at the invitation of the New South Wales Government, will sponsor in Sydney the Financial Cooperation Conference in July 2015.

From 28th June to 29th June, 2014, the Seminar on “Infrastructure Connectivity in Asia – the Financing Challenge” was held  at the Conference Center of Beijing International Hotel. The seminar was co-organized by the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) and the Global Foundation of Australia, supported by the Beijing Dongcheng District Government of Beijing and Beijing Tianjie Group Co. Ltd. Attending the seminar were over 180 governmental officials, experts, scholars, and entrepreneurs in financial and banking industries from 29 countries and international organizations including USA, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

On July 2nd, 2014, BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong met with Pascal Lamy, former director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

On July 16th, 2014, the BFA Promotion Dinner was held at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore by the BFA and Business China. Zeng Peiyan, Vice Chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia and former Vice Premier of China, Goh Chok Tong, Singapore Emeritus Senior Minister, Wong Kan Seng, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Zhou Wenzhong, the BFA Secretary General attended the dinner and addressed a business audience of more than 60 Singaporean CEOs and executives about the BFA history, aim and role.

On July 17th-18th, 2014, the Annual Conference 2014 of “FutureChina Global Forum” was held in Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. People from the economic circles of China and Singapore and within the region exchanged heated discussions on China's economic trends and its opening-up and reform issues. Mr. ZENG Peiyan, vice-chairman and China’s chief representative of Boao Forum for Asia attended the forum by invitation.

On July 24th, 2014, the BFA held this year’s third event for its members at the Sheraton Hotel, Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone of Shanghai. The event centered on “Started with 28km² - A Visit to China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone”. On July 28, BFA members visited the Shanghai Disney Park (under construction) to investigate the business opportunities brought about by the settlement of Disney in Chuansha New Town.

On July 28th, 2014, ZHOU Wenzhong, Secretary General of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) met with Mr. Masaru KATO, Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Representative to China of the Sony Corporation.

From September 4th to 6th,2014, BFA held in Seattle the “Energy, Resources, and Sustainable Development” Conference. About 350 elites from various sectors of China, USA, Japan, ROK,India and Australia attended the conference, including enterprise leaders, government decision makers, technological talents, media managers, and experts from other fields.

On September 24th, 2014, Boao Review held its third board meeting at the Kempinski Hotel, Guiyang. The meeting was presided over by Mr. ZHOU Wenzhong, BFA Secretary General and Chairman of the board of Boao Review. On Septmeber 25th, ZHOU Wenzhong met with ZHANG Guangzhi, member of the Standing Committee and head of the Publicity Department of CPC Guizhou Provincial Committee at the Guanzhou Hotel in Guiyang City.

From September 26th to 28th, Secretary General ZHOU Wenzhong paid a visit to Yangzhou on invitation. During the visit, he met with several local leaders, including XIE Zhengyi, Secretary of CPC Yangzhou City Committee, ZHU Minyang, Mayor of Yangzhou, KONG Lingjun, Vice Mayor of Yangzhou, and WANG Yuxin, Vice Chief of the People’s Congress of Yangzhou City. On September 27th, Mr. Zhou gave a speech entitled International Situation and China’s Diplomacy at Yangzhou Forum.

On September 28th, 2014, Secretary General ZHOU Wenzhong met with Paolo BORZATTA, Senior Partner of Ambrosetti, at the BFA Secretariat. The two parties exchanged ideas on their future cooperation.

October 15th, 2014, Secretary General ZHOU Wenzhong attended the launch ceremony of A Colorful Guizhou-Colorful Guizhou Series of Internet Cultural Events and delivered a speech.

On October 22nd, 2014, Boao Forum for Asia Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong met with Jorma Ollila, chairman of global oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, in Beijing.

On October 29th, 2014, members of the BFA Board of Directors attended a working meeting in Beijing, on which they focused on the theme and topics of the forum’s coming annual conference that will be held late next March. They also discussed some long-term and strategic issues concerning the forum development. Mr. Yasuo FUKUDA chairman of the BFA board of directors and former Japanese prime minister; Mr. ZENG Peiyan, vice-chairman of the BFA board of directors and former Chinese vice-premier; and Jean-Pierre RAFFARIN, former French prime minister, Robert James Lee HAWKE former Australian prime minister Sergey TERECHSHENKO, former prime minister of Kazakhstan and Sergey N. KATYRIN, president of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry attended the working meeting as BFA members of the board of directors or as BFA members of the council of advisors.

On October 29th, 2014, XI Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China meets with the members of the BFA board of directors, who gathered in Beijing for a working conference. Yasuo FUKUDA, chairman of the forum's board of directors and former Japanese Prime Minister, on behalf of the BFA, invited XI to attend the Annual Conference of the BFA 2015. XI accepted the invitation.

On October 30th, 2014, the China (Hangzhou) International Business Expo 2014 opened during which the BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong attended the Boao Forum for Asia-Global E-Commerce Leaders Summit 2014 and delivered a keynote speech titled “E-Commerce Makes Life More Beautiful”.

On November 3rd, the 2014 BRICS Think-tank Roundtable was held in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Entrusted by the China Society of Emerging Economies, Yao Wang, executive director of Boao Forum for Asia and executive president of Boao Forum for Asia Institution, presided over the meeting.

On November 21st, 2014, the Boao Forum for Asia and the Pathfinder Foundation of Sri Lanka organized a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road-themed panel discussion and dinner party in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka,. More than 200 representatives from both countries, including government officials, entrepreneurs, experts and scholars, attended the event.

From November 24-25, 2014, Boao Forum for Asia staged a Financial Cooperation Conference in Dubai. More than 300 government, business and academic representatives from Europe, Africa, Oceania and Asian countries, including China, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Japan, India and Pakistan, attended the opening ceremony.

On December 13th, 2014, Boao Forum for Asia Secretary-General Zhou Wenzhong met with visiting former Australian foreign minister Bob Carr.

On December 15th, Boao Forum for Asia Secretary-General Zhou Wenzhong met with the visiting South Korean delegation led by Moon Tae-young, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity.

On December 17th, Boao Forum for Asia Secretary-General Zhou Wenzhong met with the visiting delegation led by Mohamed Hussain Shareef, minister at the President’s Office of the Republic of Maldives.

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