(Jan 23rd, Beijing) ZHOU Wenzhong, Secretary General of Boao Forum for Asia, announced at the BFA press conference, that the 2013 Annual Conference will be held on April 6-8, under the theme of ‘Asia Seeking Development for All: Restructuring, Responsibility & Cooperation’.
Zhou Wenzhong mentioned that it is important for Asian countries to achieve a higher level of economic integration, which can help to promote regional economic development. Based on this conviction and mission, BFA made development its focus, with co-operation as the keynote and win-win as the goal in the past ten years.
Zhou Wenzhong also pointed out that this year marks the 12th Annual Conference of BFA. The BFA will invite more than 10 head of states, including the Chinese leaders. Also, political leaders, the President of the IMF and 8 other leaders of international organizations will be invited as well. Approximately about 2,000 participants ranging from government representatives, business leaders, academics and media will attend this year’s Annual Conference. The standard and size of the 2013 Annual Conference will overtake all of previous events.
Entering 2013, the world economic outlook is still not optimistic. Leading economies still face a bumpy road of transformation. From time to time, the call for working together in hard times during the financial crisis has been weakened by protectionism and other discordant voices. Given this, it is necessary for the Boao Forum for Asia to reiterate the consensus and strive to carry forward the Asian spirit of ‘seeking Win-Win results’, look for common ground, transcend differences and pursue common development. Based on this foundation, after solicitating wide opinions, ‘Asia Seeking Development for All: Restructuring, Responsibility & Cooperation’ was chosen as the theme of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2013.
At the press conference, Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong briefed reporters on the overall plan and preparations for the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2013. He said that centering on the keywords of ‘Restructuring, Responsibility & Cooperation’, the annual conference will feature 51 discussion sessions of various forms, with contents covering reflections, reform, transformation and innovation of development paths for different regions and different industries. Also important are the advocacy of strengthening the sense of responsibility for common development paths among government decision makers, business managers and individuals, and the active promotion of economic co-operation at all levels in all fields.
Enterprises have shown great enthusiasm for participation. A considerable number of business leaders from Fortune 500 companies, leading enterprises in Asia, emerging economies and outstanding small and medium sized enterprises will be invited to attend.
In addition, leaders of international organizations, Nobel laureates in economics, and celebrities from international film & TV industry, as well as cultural and religious circles will also be invited to attend the annual forum.
Confirmed partners in 2013 include: Volvo Group, FMG Group, Moutai Group, Shanghai GM Co., Ltd., SABIC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, QQ.com, Evonik Industries AG, Deloitte, China Environmental Energy Holdings Limited, China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd., China Power New Energy Development Company Limited, New Fortune Magazine, Mengniu Group, Hainan Grand Lecheng Development Holdings Co., Ltd., Hainan Boao Asian Culture and Media Co., Ltd., Jala Group Co, GREATWALL Wine, Caijing Magazine, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Zhiland, Lenovo Group, TSIAN Crystal, Starbucks, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, New Alliance Consulting International and so on.
Media partners include: BBC, Bloomberg, CBN, CCTV, China Daily, CNBC, China Pictorial, Economic Daily, Global Times, Guiyang Daily, HNA Vigor Image, Haymarket Financial Media Group, Outlook, Phoenix TV, Seven Group, VIVA Wireless New Media, Wall Street Journal Asia, and Youku.com.