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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gestures during a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. Ban says the latest "very sobering" assessment of the World Bank underscores the world's economic problems. The world should act with great urgency and compassion to ease economic distress. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Ban Ki-Moon Emerges As BFA Chairman

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been elected chairman of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), replacing former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

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

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong was appointed BFA secretary-general, a statement released after the meeting of the newly elected Board of Directors of BFA, which was held during the ongoing BFA annual conference, confirmed.

Former central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan was designated as China’s chief representative to BFA.

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According to the BFA Charter, Zhou is ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and vice chair of BFA.

Of the 19-member BFA Board of Directors, 12 are newly elected, including Ban, Zhou and Li.

Other new directors are former senior government officials, business leaders, or other eminent persons from Asia and around the world.

This year’s BFA conference, which runs from April 8 to April 11 in Boao, a town in the southern island province of Hainan, has the theme featuring “An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity.”



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