The upcoming Boao Forum for Asia will focus on inclusive development to show the will for balanced development among the diverse Asian economies, a senior official said here Wednesday.
 
The forum, slated for April 14-16 in the scenic town of Boao on south China’s tropical island province of Hainan, will attract some 1,400 political and economic figures from 40 countries and regions, Zhou Wenzhong, secretary-general of the forum, said at a briefing in Beijing.
 
Of the 23 forum agendas, six will focus on China’s economic policies and measures, 10 will focus on global issues such as the shift of industries and the future of world economy, Zhou said.
 
Other agendas will touch on specific sectors including mobile internet, the media’s role in crisis management, education and innovation, he said.
 
Japan’s reconstruction after the devastating March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami as well as Sino-Japanese and Sino-New Zealand economic ties will also be discussed during the forum, Zhou said.
 
Inclusive development, moderated in both pace and pattern, seeks to address the deepening inequality across the world that has risen despite unprecedented economic growth, according to the United Nations Development Programme.
 
Chinese President Hu Jintao will attend the opening ceremony of the forum after chairing a meeting of the leaders of China, Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa in Hainan.
 
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, South African President Jacob Zuma, Republic of Korea Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mikola Azarov and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Bill English will also attend the opening session.
 
Established in 2001, the Boao Forum is committed to promoting regional economic integration and bringing Asian countries closer to their development goals.

 
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