04-08-2008 16:57

The Boao Forum for Asia was established in 2001 as a platform for high-level interaction between thought leaders from Asia and across the world, with the goal of promoting the development goals of Asian countries through greater regional economic integration.

The original inspiration for the forum can be traced back to September 1998. Noting that Asia as a whole lacked an economic forum led by Asians and guided from perspectives of Asian interests and views, former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa and former Filipino President Fidel V. Ramos put forward a proposal to establish a Forum for Asia. Three years later, the first BFA Annual Conference was held in Boao, Hainan Province, China. In the intervening years, the Boao Forum for Asia has gone on to become the most active and influential forum of its kind in the region, driving dialogue and debate on Asia's future.


Editor:Xiong Qu