The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with an annual conference focusing on “Inclusive Development.” To be held April 14-16, the BFA Annual Conference 2011 will gather business leaders, politicians and intellectuals to discuss ways of ensuring that economic growth benefits all and aids social development.
 
Newly-appointed BFA Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong said that the BFA Annual Conference had become the premier platform for discussion and debate on economic development in the Asian region, and this year it will welcome a record number of high-profile delegates. Sticking to the forum’s tradition of tackling the economic and social challenges facing Asia with the aim of promoting regional economic integration, Zhou said the theme for this year’s forum, “Inclusive Development: Common Agenda and New Challenges,” was apt and timely.
 
"Following the economic crisis, Asian countries have had to re-examine their original development models and find new paths for sustainable development,” Zhou said. "Inclusive” is an important notion put forward by United Nations, in its efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals. And the concept of “Inclusive Growth” was further proposed by Asian Development Bank after comprehensive studies and analyses. It seeks a growth pattern that benefits all countries, regions and people, and achieves balanced social and economic progress through sustainable development. It brings new thinking to Asia future development.
 
In September of last year, Chinese President Hu Jintao gave a speech at the 5th APEC Ministerial Human Resources Development Conference entitled “Deepening Exchange and Partnership to Achieve Inclusive Growth.” Two months later, President Hu once again advocated inclusive growth at an informal leadership meeting during the 18th APEC. It is within that context, Zhou said, that “Inclusive Development” has been chosen as the main theme for BFA 2011, with the aim of creating a development concept for Asia and translating new ideas into policies and actions.
 
An initial set of 20 topics has been set for this year’s annual meeting. Through a series of forums, televised debates, roundtables and plenary sessions, attendees will discuss the world economic outlook, capital flows, new energy vehicles, and healthcare reform. Moreover, the forum will feature a Young Leaders Roundtable, a China CEO Roundtable, a TV debate, and breakfast and lunch sessions.
 
One notable addition to this year’s forum is a Private Sector Roundtable. The roundtable will serve as an exchange platform for representatives from distinguished private entrepreneurial enterprises and Chinese businesses to discuss the current economic situation and various challenges and opportunities they’ve encountered in developing their businesses.
 
Also today, the BFA Secretariat signed agreements for the Conference with a number of major sponsors, including Volvo Group, Fortescue Metals Group, Moutai Group, Saudi Basic Industries Corp., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Evonik Industries AG, Tata Group, Shanghai GM, QQ.com, SK Group, Deloitte, Danfoss, Mengniu Dairy and Caijing Magazine, The growing list of corporate giants involved with this year’s event reflects the rising influence globally and importance of the BFA organization and its annual event in Hainan. Volvo, like other sponsors, has developed a strong commitment to BFA since they first started cooperating in 2008. From this prestigious communication platform, they all have greatly benefited by obtaining profound knowledge and insight, as well as being able to express its views and share its experience in sustainable development.
 
Over 600 journalists from domestic and international media have been invited to cover the Boao Forum for Asia, including People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, China National Radio, China Radio International, China News Service, Associated Press and Reuters. In extending its media reach, BFA has also sealed strategic partnerships with CNBC, Wall Street Journal, China Daily, Outlook Weekly, China Business News, Phoenix TV, Caijing Magazine, CNS Photo and website partner QQ.com. Also maintaining its partnership with the event will be New Alliance and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, who will work with BFA to build the profile of the Annual Conference.
 
  
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