[photopress:Bill_Gates_.jpg,full,alignright]Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and a man who has given more to charity than any other person in the history of the world, has accepted an invitation to attend the 2007 annual meeting of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) according to the BFA Secretary-General Long Yongtu.
Long Yongtu said, ‘We hope he will speak on how to make innovation in science and technology, but his topic is still under discussion.’
The 2007 forum will be held on the third weekend of April and although the theme has not yet been decided it will focus on Asia’s development, Long said.
Boao Forum for Asia , abbreviated as BFA, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit international organization modelled after the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Initiated in 1998 by Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines, Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Morihiro Hosokawa, former Prime Minister of Japan, Boao Forum for Asia was formally inaugurated in February 2001.
This inauguration was driven by the People’s Republic of China. It has a fixed address in Bo’ao, Hainan Province and is held annually as a high-level forum for governments, businesses, experts, and scholars.
The focus of discussion is economics, the society, and the environment. Countries across the region have responded with strong support and great enthusiasm, and the world has listened attentively to the voice coming from a tiny, quiet and scenic island at the southernmost part of China — Boao, the permanent site of the Annual Conference of the Forum since 2002.
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