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Boao Forum for Asia and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Jointly Hold High-level Dialogue

Time:2017-07-25 10:16:52    Views:234488    Origin:Boao Forum for Asia

The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) held a high-level dialogue themed with “Innovation and Partnership – An Optimist's Vision for the Future” on July 24, 2017 in Beijing.

Faced with slowing economic growth, political transition in many countries and threats from everything from terrorism to global warming, many have grown concerned and even outright pessimistic about the world's future. Yet it is at times like these when optimism is most crucial. By optimism, we don't mean that things will automatically get better; but rather the conviction that we, humankind, have the power to build a better tomorrow.

BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong and BMGF Co-Chairman Melinda Gates gave speeches at the event. Other speakers include Zi Zhongyun, Academician Emeritus of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Angela You, Chairwoman of Shenzhen Fortune High Investment Group; Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Corporate Vice President and Chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group; and Wang Jun, Founder of iCarbonX and former CEO of BGI.

“The Boao forum for Asia and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation share the same mission and objectives. The BFA is committed to bringing Asian countries closer together in the belief that regional economic integration will contribute to the development goals of Asian countries,” Zhou Wenzhong said in his speech.

“I got into philanthropy because I believed the world would be better if innovators focused on the biggest problems facing the most people. And that is what China has been doing—innovating to improve the lives of billions. So this is a place where it’s easy to be optimistic. It's not just that progress against disease and against poverty is possible. Progress is happening here in China. And it's happening fast,” Melinda said.

The event was attended by more than 300 participants, including BFA members and partners as well as BMGF partners. It was covered by over 60 foreign and domestic journalists.

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