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Highlights of the Manila Conference, Boao Forum for Asia
Origin:Boao Forum for Asia      Time:2019-04-16 14:23:04    Views:566

The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2019, successfully concluded, is immediately followed by BFA’s Manila Conference. Over the 18 years since its founding, it’s the first time for BFA to hold conference in Manila, the Philippines suggesting its importance. Here is an overview of four highlights at the Manila Conference.

1. Timing

Scheduled to take place in the Philippines on 22-23 April, the Manila Conference comes at a time after the BFA Annual Conference 2019 and prior to the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The conference is expected to build consensus on further cooperation in respect of the Belt and Road initiative and regional interconnectivity. It will also send a positive message on the prospect of world economy and intellectually supporting Asian countries to address common risks and challenges.

2. Choice of Venue

The Philippines is one of the initial countries of BFA, and has also served as the coordinator of China-ASEAN relations since last year. Against the backdrop of the progressing China-Philippines relations from recovery, consolidation and improvement, as well as the upgrading of China-ASEAN relations, the forum’s decision to hold its conference in Manila at the invitation of H.E. Ms. Gloria Macapagal ARROYO, Speaker the House of Representatives of the Philippines, reflects its support of and confidence in the China-Philippines relations and East Asian cooperation. The forum seeks to build a new communication and cooperation platform for government, business and academic leaders between China and the Philippines as well as China and ASEAN.

3. Honored by Distinguished Participants

H.E. Mr. Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines will attend the conference and deliver a keynote speech. Other speakers would include H.E. Ms. Gloria Macapagal ARROYO, Speaker the House of Representatives of the Philippines; H.E. Mr. Surakiart Sathirathai, former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand; H.E. Mr. ZHOU Xiaochuan, Vice Chairman of BFA; H.E. Mr. LI Baodong, Secretary General of BFA. About 500 entrepreneurs from China, Thailand, the Philippines and other ASEAN states as well as western countries will attend the conference.

4. Implications of the Theme

The conference will focus on the theme of “Concerted Action for Common Development in the New Era”, aligned with and built on BFA’s theme “Shared Future, Concerted Action, Common Development”. New era call on new actions. Faced with a world of fundamental changes, Asian countries need to shoulder common responsibilities and take concerted actions to address challenges in the new era.