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Boao Forum for Asia announces 2020 conference agenda

This year's annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia will focus on development trends, industrial changes, the forefront of innovation, beautiful life and global governance, BFA Secretary-General Li Baodong said in Beijing on Tuesday.

The conference, scheduled for March 24 to 27 in Boao, a coastal town in South China's island province of Hainan, will be themed "A world in change: Bond together for a shared future," Li told a news conference.

It will feature about 50 official sessions, including the opening plenum, themed sessions, roundtable meetings and special dialogues. The sessions are categorized into five modules: Development trends, industrial changes, the forefront of innovation, beautiful life and global governance, he said.

Noting BFA's mission is to gather positive energy for the development of Asia and the world, Li said this year's conference will respond to the general concerns of the international community, focus on the frontier issues of global development, and continue to support multilateralism and international cooperation.

In 2020, the Boao Forum for Asia also will carry out a series of activities in China and abroad, Li said. In conjunction with the G20, a conference will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in February and the second Global Health Forum will be held in Qingdao in June. In addition, the Boao Forum for Asia will hold activities in Belgium, Finland and Italy.

In addition, Li said that BFA will launch six flagship reports, namely "Asian Economic Outlook and Integration Progress 2020", "Free Trade Agreements: Asia's Choice", "Asian Financial Development Report on Financial Inclusion", "Report on Asia Poverty Reduction 2020", "Innovation Report" and "Report on The First Conference of the Global Health Forum".

More than 2,000 people from all over the world, including national leaders, representatives of international organizations, ministers, entrepreneurs and media representatives, have been invited to attend the conference.

Founded in 2001, the BFA is a non-governmental and non-profit international organization committed to promoting regional economic integration and bringing Asian countries closer to their development goals.