ZHOU Wenzhong on preparation of the BFA Annual Conference 2015
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ZHOU Wenzhong on preparation of the BFA Annual Conference 2015

On March 17th, 2015, Mr. ZHOU Wenzhong, Secretary General of the Boao Forum for Aisa (BFA) held a press conference at the China World Summit Wing, Beijing on the preparation of the upcoming BFA Annual Conference 2015.

Ⅰ. Agenda

The Boao Forum for Asia 2015 annual conference will be held in Boao, Hainan province, from March 26th to 29th. The opening plenary will be held on March 28th. Chinese President XI Jinping and state leaders from other countries will attend the opening ceremony.

The theme of this year’s annual conference is “Asia’s New Future: Towards a Community of Common Destiny”. More than 2,000 delegates from the circles of politics, business, academics and media are expected to help Asian countries build a community of common destiny that features common development, inclusive cooperation and win-win outcomes through their brainstorming.

A total of 77 formal discussions, including two plenary meetings, 41 sub-forums, six roundtables, four closed-door meetings, seven CEO dialogues, nine dinners, five TV debates, two BFA dialogues and a members club, have been scheduled for this year’s annual conference. The topics for the discussions cover six areas, including macro-economy, industrial transformation, technological innovation, political security, society &people livelihood.

With regard to macro-economy, we will invite more than 10 chairpersons of Boao Forum for Asia, including Yasuo Fukuda, BFA chairman, and Zeng Peiyan, BFA vice-chairman, to share their views on this year’s world economy at the welcome dinner on March 27.

In the afternoon on March 28, Lou Jiwei, minister of finance, will attend the sub-forum themed on G20 &global economic agenda with representatives from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, OECD and ministerial officials from the Deutsche Bundesbank and Treasury Department of Turkey. They will have an in-depth discussion on a better role of G20 in global economic governance.

In the morning on March 29, Zhou Xiaochuan, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and governor of the People’s Bank of China, will attend the sub-forum titled “What’s next move on unconventional monetary policies?” Together with officials from the Bank of Japan, the Deutsche Bundesbank, Jim O’Neill, former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Jeffrey Sachs, the foremost proponent of Shock Therapy, Carlos Gutierrez, former US secretary of commerce, and Peter Costello, chair of the Future Fund, they will analyze the prospects of world economy and the monetary policies.

At noon on March 29, Pascal Lamy, former director-general of the World Trade Organization, Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, and Lim Boon Heng, chairman of Temasek Holdings, will have a brainstorming on rethinking global governance.

Regional cooperation has been a major theme of the Boao Forum for Asia. Asia’s regional cooperation has been developing rapidly in recent years. A number of state leaders will be invited to attend the sub-forums themed on the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, the ASEAN community and the East Asia economic community. State Councilor Yang Jiechi will deliver a speech on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in the afternoon on March 28. Wang Yi, minister of foreign affairs, will deliver a speech on ASEAN community on the same day. Leung Chun-ying, chief executive of Kong Kong SAR will deliver a speech on the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road as well as Hong Kong’s opportunities in the afternoon on March 27. Yasuo Fukuda, former prime minister of Japan, and Zeng Peiyan, former Chinese vice-premier, will deliver speeches on establishing an East Asia economic community.

Entrepreneurship and innovation are highlights of this year’s annual conference. In the morning of March 29, Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation, will have a dialogue themed “technology and innovation for a sustainable future” with Elon Musk, CEO of Telsa Motors. Robin Li, CEO of Baidu, will serve as the moderator of the discussion. Meanwhile, representatives from leading Internet companies, including Tencent, Baidu, Sina, JD and Lending Club, will have a conversation at the “Doing Business the Internet Way” sub-forum with business leaders from traditional industries, including Ma Weihua, chairman of Wing Lung Bank Ltd, Pan Shiyi, chairman of SOHO China, and Dong Mingzhu, chairperson of Gree Electric Appliances.

Other sub-forums cover such themes as “disruptive innovation”, “entrepreneurs: born or made?”, “the other side of big data”, “smart health & wearables”, “e-commerce: online to offline”, “artificial intelligence: devil, or angel?” and “3D printing, digital manufacturing &the 3rd industrial revolution”. Representatives from leading enterprises in the sectors of telecommunications, media and technology, including Samsung, ARM, Qualcomm, Ericsson, Baidu, ZTE, Alibaba and Tencent, will attend the sub-forum, discuss the latest industrial development trend, and display up-to-date technologies and equipment.

Sub-forums themed with society, people’s livelihood, politics and security also account for a considerable proportion of the annual conference. Such topics include global governance for food safety, the fight against corruption and implications on the relationship between government officials and businessmen, virus vs mankind, smog and health, and the next generation.

In the afternoon on March 29, Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People’s Court, together with chief judges from other BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa) countries, will attend a sub-forum themed “Pollution Control: the Power of Judiciary”. The attendees will deliberated on environmental protection mechanism with teeth, a topic hotly debated during the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese Political Consultative Conference.

Ⅱ. Attendees

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the 2015 annual conference, and the Chinese government will release the names of attending foreign state leaders soon. The number of attending state leaders is expected to be bigger than previous years.

More than 80 ministerial officials will attend the conference individually or in company with state leaders. Those officials include: Leung Chun-ying, chief executive of Kong Kong SAR; Fernando Chui Sai-on, chief executive of Macao SAR; Lou Jiwei, Chinese minister of finance; H.H. Prince Saud Bin Abdullah Bin Thenayan Al-Saud, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail &Yanbu and chairman of SABIC; Jiang Jianguo, minister of the State Council Information Office; Zhang Zhijun, minister of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office; Wang Guangya, minister of the State Council Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office; Qiu Yuanping, minister of the State Council Overseas Chinese Affairs Office; Yu Guangzhou, minister of the General Administration of Customs; Huang Qifan, mayor of Chongqing municipality; Nam Kyung-pil, governor of Gyeonggi in Republic of Korea; Li Xueyong, governor of Jiangsu province; Zhi Shuping, minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine; Hiroshi Nakaso, deputy governor of the Bank of Japan; Li Zhaoxing, former Chinese minister of foreign affairs; Bob Carr, former Australian minister of foreign affairs; Chen Deming, former Chinese minister of commerce; Fu Ying, chairman of the National People’s Congress Foreign Affairs Committee; Carlos Gutierrez, former secretary of the US Department of Commerce; Mari Pangestu, former Indonesian minister of trade and industry; Wang Xiaotao, vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission; Joachim Nagel, executive board of the Deutsche Bundesbank; Zhai Qing, Chinese vice-minister of environmental protection; Cavit  Da?da?, undersecretary of Turkish Treasury; Wang Wenbin, vice-chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council; Wu Xiaoling, vice-chairman of the National People’s Congress Financial and Economic Affairs Committee; Syed Abul Hossain, former Bangladesh minister of communication & ICT; Wang Guoqiang, vice-minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission and director of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine; Long Yongtu, former Chinese vice-minister of foreign trade and economic cooperation; Ren Xuefeng, Party chief of Guangzhou; Zhang Xiaoqiang, former vice-chairman of National Development and Reform Commission and deputy chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges; and Yan Qingmin, deputy mayor of Tianjin municipality.

Entrepreneurs are major participants of the annual conference and the most important clients of the Boao Forum for Asia. Entrepreneurs who have confirmed to attend the annual conference include: Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons in India; Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation; Stephen Schwarzman, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone; Takeshi Uchiyamada, chairman of the board of Toyota Motor Corporation; Shoei Utsuda, chairman of the board of Mitsui; Victor Mars, chairman of Mars Incorporated; Jay Y. Lee, vice-chairman of Samsung Group; Elon Musk, CEO of Telsa Motors; Yossi Vardi, Israeli entrepreneur and investor; Simon Segars, CEO of ARM; Jiang Jianqing, chairman of Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd; Taizo Nishimuro, president and CEO of Japan Post Holdings Co; Franck Riboud, chairman and CEO of Groupe Danone; Koji Miyahara, chairman of Nippon Yusen Kaisha; Leif Johansson, chairman of Ericsson; Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp; Michael Treschow, chairman of Unilever; Mike McMullen, CEO of Agilent; Tjie Goan Oei, chairman and president of Sinar Mas Group; Steve Almond, global chairman of Deloitte; Azman Mokhtar, managing director of Khazanah Nasional; Dhanin Chearavanont, chairman and CEO of CP Group; Steve Milligan, president and CEO of Western Digital; CEO Charles-Edouard Bouée, CEO of Roland Berger; and Paul Conway, vice-chairman of Cargill Incorporated.

Chairpersons and CEOs from 65 global Fortune 500 companies as well as Asia Pacific and China regional directors from another 132 Fortune 500 companies will attend the annual conference, which means that representatives from nearly 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies will attend the event.

Scholars and opinion leaders who are expected to attend the annual conference include: Li Yang, vice-president of the China Academy of Social Sciences; Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the foremost proponent of Shock Therapy; Wang Hao, academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering and honorary director of the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research; Nicholas Lardy, the Anthony M. Solomon senior fellow at Peterson Institute for International Economics; Fan Gang, director of the National Economic Research Institute; Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, co-president of the Club of Rome; Zhang Weiying, Sinar Mas Chair professor of economics at the National School of Development of Peking University; Gene Block, chancellor of the University of California Los Angeles; Adam Falk, president of the Williams College in the US; Wu Xiaoqiu, director of the Financial and Securities Institute at Renmin University of China; Li Daokui, director of the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University; Chen Zhiwu, professor of finance at Yale School of Management; and Thomas Friedman, a New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize winning author and author of The World is Flat.

Delegates from the literary and art circles include: Master Hsing Yun, founding president of Buddha’s Light International Association; Fung Ming-chu, president of Taipei Palace Museum; Jean-Luc Martinez, president of the Louvre; Shan Jixiang, president of the Palace Museum; Gong Liang, president of the Nanjing Museum; Master Yin Shun, vice-president of the Buddhist Association of China and abbot of Hong Fa Temple in Shenzhen; Din Syamsuddin, general chairman of Majelis Ulama Indonesia; Adilijiang Ajikelimu, vice-president of the China Islamic Association; Paul Kwong, archbishop of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican) and singer Wang Feng.

Some 2,786 people from 49 countries and regions, including 1,772 delegates and 1,014 media staff members, will attend this year’s annual conference, according to the BFA Secretariat.

Ⅲ. Research reports

Boao Forum for Asia today releases three reports, including Boao Forum for Asia Progress of Asian Economic Integration Annual Report 2015, Boao Forum for Asia Asian Competitiveness Annual Report 2015 and Boao Forum for Asia Development of Emerging Economies Annual Report 2015. Representatives of the authors will share the details of the reports with you later.

Boao Review, the official magazine of Boao Forum for Asia, will launch a sub-forum titled “Inclusive Finance: New Models of Rural Banking” on March 26. The Report on Rural Finance Development 2015 will be released at the sub-forum. Moreover, the Report on Internet Finance 2015 will be released at the sub-forum “Internet Banking: P2P Self-Discipline & Regulation”, which will also be held on March 26.

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