Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla left here for Hainan, China, on Tuesday to attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference to be held there on Thursday.

Vice presidential spokesman Husein Abdullah said the vice president is to deliver a keynote speech in the opening session of the Boao Forum for Asia 2016 also attended by other worlds leaders.

The BFA plenary session would be opened by its chairman Yasuo Fukuda to be followed by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang also giving keynote speech.

During his stay in China, Kalla would meet with Li Keqiang, the Russian Vice Prime Minister , the South Korean Vice Prime Minister and Chinese business leaders.

BFA was an economic forum formed in 2001 by developing Asian countries to discuss regional development.

BFA seeks to promote economic cooperation, coordination and cooperation between Asian countries with the rest of the world.

The forming of BFA was initiated by former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, for Australia Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa . It was officially launched by 28 Asia Pacific countries in February 2001 in Boao, in the Hainan provice of China.

BFA Annual Conference from March 22-25 is attended by more than 2,000 delegates including head of governments , CEO, economists and academicians with tyhe theme of Asias New Future: New Dynamics, New Visions.

The delegates would discuss issues of financial and economic reform, trade and investment, industry related to regional security and social culture.(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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