The Bo’ao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2019 will be held in Boao, Hainan from March 26th to 29th with the theme of “Shared Future, Concerted Action, Common Development,” announced BFA Secretary General Li Baodong on Wednesday. The opening plenum will take place on March 28th.
According to Li, the theme and topics of this year’s event cover a wide range of issues of common interest among stakeholders. The program was finalized after several rounds of discussions among BFA’s initial countries, board members, advisers, partners and think tanks.
Around this theme, the annual conference will feature approximately 50 official sessions, including the opening plenum, themed sessions, CEO dialogues and roundtable meetings. They are formatted under five topical modules — Open World Economy; Multilateralism, Regional Cooperation and Global Governance; Innovation-Driven Development; High-Quality Development; and Critical Issues.
Speaking at the press conference, Li said that globalization and free trade are inevitable trends of economic development and that multilateralism, dialogue and cooperation are the shared aspiration of most countries. He stated that openness and innovation are natural choices to sustain economic progress and globalization. As a widely watched event, this year’s conference will provide an open, inclusive dialogue platform for stakeholders and send a clear message to build consensus regarding global governance, he said.
Li added that the BFA annual conferences, hosted in China, have been attended by state leaders every year. Currently, the BFA secretariat is maintaining communication with state leaders and has received positive feedback regarding their presence at the 2019 Annual Conference. Additionally, a number of other Asian and European leaders have stated their intention to participate.
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