07:00 - 22:00 Registration
10:00 - 11:00 Global Economic Development & Security Expo Opening Ceremony
14:00 - 15:15 Session 1 | BRI: Sustainable Development & Economic Security

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha A)

The Belt & Road Initiative promises to be a more open, balanced and inclusive approach and model of economic globalization. As more and more projects materialize, the Initiative is opening up new potential for growth and development.

There are risks and challenges as well. Soundness and sustainability of the BRI calls for an integrated approach towards development and economic security. Security is the prerequisite of development whereas development safeguards security. What strategies, mechanism and resources should be put in place to better safeguard economic security and promote common development in the BRI?

Logistics security, risks, safeguards and cooperation: Experiences of China-Europe Railway Express


Kairat KELIMBETOV, Chairman, Agency for strategic planning and reforms, Republic of Kazakhstan; Governor, Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Gennadv BESSONOV, Secretary General, International Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation (CCTT)

Erik BERGLÖF, Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

WANG Yanzhi, Executive Director and President, Silk Road Fund

Massimo BAGNASCO, Vice President, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

14:00 - 15:15 Session 2 | Security Services Overseas: Role of the Private Sector

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha B)

More and more Chinese companies are going global and setting up shop abroad. In 2019, China was the second largest FDI investor in the world. Its investment covers 188 countries and regions. Protection of the growing overseas presence and interests of Chinese companies becomes a big challenge.

14:00 - 15:15 Session 3 | Nuclear Security

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha C)

Nuclear energy remains an indispensable choice to achieve the goal of carbon-neutral by the middle of this century. However, as the most sophisticated energy system ever designed by mankind, nuclear energy carries significant risks. Nuclear security lies at the core and must be safeguarded through stringent legislative, operational and technological means.

International practices, experiences and lessons in nuclear security

Fostering a healthy nuclear safety culture

18:30 - 20:00 Dinner(Invitation Only)
14:00 - 15:15 Youth Roundtable

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha D) (Invitation Only)

15:15 - 15:45 Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:00 Plenary

(Changsha International Conference Center, 2rd floor, Furong Hall)

18:30 - 20:00 Dinner(Invitation Only)
07:00 - 22:00 Registration
07:00 -08:30 Breakfast Meeting
09:00 -10:15 Session 4 | Global Economic Governance: New Approaches, New Rules, New Players

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha A)

Governance can not keep up with the pace of economic globalization. This may partly explain the instability and uncertainty plaguing the world economy so far. Global economic governance needs new approaches, new rules and new players to adapt to the changing landscape and answer the call of economic globalization. What are they?

The Bretton-Woods System, with IMF, the World Bank and WTO at the core, needs major and substantive reforms. What are they?

G20, AIIB and NDB have come to the fore as new players in global governance. What can they bring to the scene?

What can China and the United States do together to improve global economic governance?


Marcos TROYJO, President, New Development Bank (NDB)

Michele GERACI, Undersecretary, Former Italian Ministry of Economic Development

Shamshad AKHTAR Former Chairman, the National Bank of Pakistan

Steven Alan BARNETT, Resident Representative for Peoples Republic of China, IMF

09:00 -10:15 Session 5 | Emergency Management: When Disaster Strikes

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, XingshaB)

No country, industry, company or individual is totally immune to disasters. However, well-planned emergency management, through effective strategy, mechanism and measure, could minimize the loss.

Preparation, response, recovery

Train the people

Disaster relief

Recovery and rebuilding: the Wenchuan Experience

09:00 -10:15 Session 6 | Rethinking the Pandemic: Where We Are Most Vulnerable

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, XingshaC)

The COVID-19 has caught all countries unprepared, with shortage of medical supplies and personnel, alarming loss of lives and major disruptions to social and economic life. Vulnerabilities in our public health system is laid bare.

This is not the first time we’re hit by a pandemic. Nor will it be the last. What should we do to make up for the weakness and vulnerabilities in public health so as not to be caught unprepared again when the next hits?

How to improve and strengthen the role of WHO as the core of global public health governance?

Virus knows no boundaries. In a globalized world, every one sits in the same boat in a public health crisis. What kind of international cooperation is needed to tackle a crisis such as the COVID-19?


Surakiart SATHIRATHAI, Director of Boao Forum for Asia&Former Deputy Prime Minister, Thailand

Jagan CHAPAGAIN, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

09:00 -10:15 Session 7 | Eco-Security and a Carbon Neutral Future

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha D)

Global warming, sea level rise, depletion of the Ozone layer, lose of bio-diversity. Eco-security challenges are ringing the alarm bell loud and clear. There is no reason to exclude eco-security from the broad security agenda. It is just as important and integral as national security, economic security and financial safety.

Which risks and perils is the global eco-system vulnerable to? Where are the boundaries of our planet in terms of eco-security?

China has committed the goal of going carbon neutral by 2060. What does it mean for the global eco-system? Which steps need to be taken to achieve such a goal? How should its growth model adapt to such a big change?

International cooperation and global governance for a carbon neutral future and eco-security



09:00 -12:00 Session 8 | Food Safety and Security

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha E)

Agriculture and food security remain the top priority on the security agenda of a country. Climate change, population growth, loss of cultivated land to industrialization and urbanization, and excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers have combined to exert pressures on food security. The outbreak of COVID-19 has only make things worse. UN Secretary General Carlos Gutierrez warned of the most severe food crisis in 50 years.

What are the risks we’re facing in food security? How should we respond?

What kind of modern agriculture do we need in safeguarding food security?

From farm to table, from seeds, fertilizers, pesticides to food additives, food safety is vital to our health and well-being. From the perspective of food safety, what kind of modern agriculture do we need?

International cooperation and trade: Safeguarding the global food supply chain


William Dollente DAR, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture of the Republic of the Philippines

Jauhar ALI, Senior Scientist, International Rice Research Institute

10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:00 Session 9 | IPR Protection: Protecting our Innovative Future

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha A)

One of the fundamental reasons behind the lackluster performance of the world economy since the Global Financial Crisis is the lack of innovation and stagnation of productivity growth. There is no other wayout but science, technology & innovation (STI) which was, is and remains the No. 1 engine of growth and development. This is the case with developed and developing countries alike.

Protecting IPR is protecting innovation. To get the world economy out of the New Mediocre, what kind of IPR mechanisms, business climate, international cooperation and incentives are needed to tap the potential of innovation and trigger another wave of economic boom worldwide?



10:45 - 12:00 Session 10 | Manufacturing: “Made in Asia” the Smart Way

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha B)

Industry 4.0. Industrial Internet. Smart Manufacturing. Whatever the name, they are in nature the deep integration of manufacturing and the real economy with ICT. “Smart” points the way for the future of manufacturing. What do we mean by “smart”?

Advanced manufacturing, another way to put it, is more than just the products, and the process and way of making things. It is also about new models and ideas of manufacturing. For example, manufacturing-as-a-service. Which advanced ideas and models can we learn from advanced manufacturers globally?


ZHANG Yandong, Managing Editor, CAIJING Magazine; President, CAIJING Think Tank

10:45 - 12:00 Session 11 | Cyber Security and Governance

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha C)

Technology is a double-edged sword. The internet has profoundly changed the way we live, work and socialize. Along with it come growing cyber security threats and risks for economic, cultural, social, ecological and defense fields. Vulnerabilities in critical ICT infrastructure, cyber security flaws and cyber attacks are common challenges facing countries and governments.

Major and profound changes in the cyberspace

Principles of cyberspace governance

International cooperation in cyberspace governance

Privacy protection in the Era of Big Data: legislation, technology and regulation


YANG Yanqing, Director, Strategic Research center in Shanghai AI Laboratory; Managing Director, Yicai Research Institute


CUI Baoqiu, Vice President, Xiaomi Corporation

12:00 - 13:00 Luncheon
15:00-16:00 MNCs Roundtable

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Changsha Hall)

16:30 -17:30 Opening

(Changsha International Conference Center, 2rd floor, Furong Hall)

18:00 -20:00 Dinner

(invitation Only)

07:00 - 08:30 Breakfast Meeting
09:00 - 10:15 Session 12 | Post-COVID-19: Resetting Global Supply and Value Chains

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha A)

The level and scale of disruption by a tiny virus to global supply and value chains are unprecedented and unexpected. The lessons are sobering.

Vulnerabilities and structural flaws of global supply chain: what can be done to avoid similar “cutoffs”?

How will global supply and value chains will be reshaped by the pandemic? Which new models and ideas will we see?

How can developing and emerging economies change their unfavorable positions on the global value chain?


Carlos M. GUTIERREZ, Board Member, Boao Forum for Asia; Former Secretary of Commerce, USA

CHEUNG Yan, Chairwoman, Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited

TANG Xiuguo, President, Sany Group Co. Ltd

ZHOU Bowen, Head of AI Platform and Research, Corporate Vice President of JD.com, Head of JD AI Division & Director of JD AI Research

09:00 -10:15 Session 13 | Exploring the New Frontiers

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha B)

Oceans, poles and the outer space are becoming new frontiers for mankind to explore and utilize, with hopes and potential for the future of our survival and prosperity. Meanwhile, human activities may have unexpected effects and risks on these virgin lands. We need to take precautions and prepare for the worst.

New frontiers, new hopes, new risks

Guidelines and principles for human activities into the new frontiers

International governance of the “No Man’s Land”


Jean-Pierre RAFFARIN, Council of Advisors of Boao Forum for Asia; Former Prime Minister, France

09:00 - 10:15 Session 14 | The Future of Communities: Connecting Urban and Rural Prosperity

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha C)

What are some guiding principles for enabling spatial flows of people, products, services and information?

What are some proven ways for reducing the environmental impacts in urban-rural convergences?

How could we ensure inclusive development when handling the rural and urban divide?

How do we ensure that urban and rural areas are not treated as separate entities when development plans, policies and strategies are made?

What are the specific measures we must take to connect the rural and urban future and achieve a common prosperity?

How can we develop better partnerships between urban and rural actors and areas at the local level?


I Tie, Economist; Former CCUD chairman and chief economist

09:00 -12:00 Session 15 | Free Trade Zone (FTZ): Testing Water for China’s Economic Future

(Changsha International Conference Center, 1st floor, Function Room)

China has set up 21 FTZs and the Hainan Free Trade Port. For one purpose only: testing water for China’s reform, opening and economic future. China will only open up wider and wider as the driver for reform, growth and innovation.

FTZs competes not on preferential policies, but on the level and scale of reform and opening up. How different are FTZs from its predecessors such as the Special Economic Zones and Economic Development Zones?

Which experiments have been done by FTZs so far? Which experiences and practices have been duplicated and applied nationwide?

What hardnuts still remain?

10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:00 Session 16 | Job Security: When AI Takes on Services

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, XingshaA)

Machines have been taking jobs away from us ever since the Industrial Revolution. As productivity goes up, agriculture and manufacturing generate less and less jobs. Services are seen as the last and best hope for job security.

This is changing now. Fintech, ICT, pilotless driving, drones, selfhelp retailing and restaurant robotics are increasingly applied in services. While improving efficiency and productivity, they also drive down the need for jobs. Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing, on the other hand, will further squeeze employment in factories.

Job security is becoming a big concern. The fundamental solution is not to go back to the old days and dump machines, but rather to improve the skills and training of workers who can do things that machines can not or operate the machines.

For the short run, what can be done to cushion off job repercussions incurred by machines and technological advances?

For populous countries such as China and India, how should they optimize the industry mix to ensure everyone has a job?


LI Xiaochao, Deputy Commissioner of National Bureau of Statistics of China

Carlos M. GUTIERREZ, Board Member, Boao Forum for Asia; Former Secretary of Commerce, USA

ZHANG Feng, President, Dmall

Kent E. CALDER, Dean, Johns Hopkins University SAIS; Director, the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, SAIS

10:45 - 12:00 Session 17 | Harmony amid Diversity: the Future of Civilizations

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha B)

Globalization is an objective and irreversible trend of the day. It has not only changed the economic landscape of countries in a profound way, but brought about enormous implications for their cultures and civilizations, posing new challenges to cultural security and prosperity in these countries

Convergence or divergence?

Learning from one another: Harmony of diverse civilizations


Yukio HATOYAMA, Former Prime Minister, Japan

XIONG Chengyu, Member, the Academy of Europe; Director, National Research Center for Cultural Industries of Tsinghua University

SHU Xiao, Vice President, International Dynamic Art Research Institute of China International Culture Exchange Center; Professor, Central Academy of Fine Arts; Graduate Student Tutor; Director, Animation Center

ZHANG Peng, Director, Beijing Culture and Art Foundation Management Committee

GAN Weikang, Chairman, Hainan One Day Vision Science Fiction Culture Media

LU Cairong, Deputy Director, China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration

Tsutomu TAKAMURA, Director, The Belt and Road Promotion Association of Sino-Japan

SHI Jiesheng, President, the Buddhist Association of Macau

10:45 - 12:00 Session 18 | Global Energy Supply and Security: New Patterns, New Strategies

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha C)

The Paris Agreement has set the goal of “carbon-neutral” by the middle of this century, which is necessary to bring global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees. Fossil fuels will be phased out. Renewables and low-carbon clean energies will take the place. A fundamental restructuring in the global energy landscape is under way.

Are renewables ready for the role in terms of technology?

How do fossil fuels survive?

New challenges and risks for energy security

Strategic readjustments and responses


Andrew FORREST, Member, Council of Advisors of Boao Forum for Asia; Chairman, Fortescue Metals Group

GAO Jifan, Chairman, Trina Solar Co., Ltd.

Denis DEPOUX, Global Managing Director, Roland Berger

Benedikt SOBOTKA, CEO, Eurasian Resources Group

12:15 - 14:00 Luncheon
14:30 - 15:45 Session 19 | Climate Security: Going Carbon Neutral Now

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha A)

The defining challenge of the day is climate change. Without actions to limit global temperature rise to a maximum of 2oC above pre-industrial levels, the climate system risks severe disruptions that may bring about disastrous consequences inter alia to economic development, food security, biodiversity, sea level rise, with the latter in particular endangering the survival of small island developing states. And these together could exacerbate geopolitical and global security tensions and challenges.

As the climate crisis looms larger, countries are taking actions and taking up responsibilities. Many countries and non-state actors have committed to net-zero emissions by 2050. China has announced its carbon-neutral goal by 2060. The USA has come back to the multilateral process to address the climate crisis. Global climate response is seeing some encouraging signs of hope.

To what extent are technologies ready for carbon emission reduction and carbon removal? Which technologies are the most promising? How will the carbon-neutral efforts impact the world economy? How will the governance gaps be met? Which new business opportunities will it generate?

Can the carbon-neutral efforts be available at scale and in time to avert or limit temperature overshoot? If not, how and when should additional approaches be considered to maintain global temperature goals? How to weigh the associated risks of these additional approaches against the risks of inaction in a warming climate? What would be the responsibilities of government, business and individuals at national and international levels?


Janos PASZTOR, Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G)


Andrew FORREST, Member, Council of Advisors of Boao Forum for Asia; Chairman, Fortescue Metals Group

Laurence TUBIANA, CEO of the European Climate Foundation, Chair of the Board of Directors, French Development Agency

Izabella TEIXEIRA, Co-chair, International Resource Panel; Former Minister, Ministry of Environment of Brazil

14:30 -15:45 Session 20 | Being a Great Corporate Citizen

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, XingshaB)

The sustainable future of mankind calls for efforts of all stakeholders, from government, business to individuals. The aim of an enterprise is not just to be a successful company, but also a great corporate citizen. Being a successful company, you need to be accountable to profits and shareholder value. As a great corporate citizen, you must take up social responsibilities to clients, employees, stakeholders, communities, environment and well beings of mankind as a whole

Responsible business conduct (RBC) means greater responsibilities on the shoulders of a company. In the eyes of company leaders, are these extra burdens or new competitiveness?

Best practice and case study

14:30 - 15:45 Session 21 | Embracing the Next Technological Revolution

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, XingshaC)

The next technological revolution may well be around the corner. AI, big data, cloud computing, bio-medicine, new energies, new materials, quantum and blockchain may well stand out alone or combine to be the trigger. It’s still too early to judge when, where and how the revolution may break out. However, traditional industries need to prepare themselves for the day. Technological revolutions in the past have proven disruptive. Those that can not keep up will be tossed out.

The choice is to adapt, not to be turned obsolete. The new technological revolution will surely be disruptive, but it also brings opportunities. As the saying goes, there is no sunset industries, only sunset thinking and outdated technologies. What we’ll see is not the elimination of traditional industries, but rather new life and vigor injected into these industries by new technologies.

How will agriculture, manufacturing and services be transformed by the next technological revolution?


Andrew FORREST, Member, Council of Advisors of Boao Forum for Asia; Chairman, Fortescue Metals Group

15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 17:30 Session 22 | World Economic Outlook: Certainties vs Uncertainties

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, XingshaA)

COVID-19 uncertainty is the defining challenge of our times since the Global Financial Crisis. Its economic and social implications and the loss of lives have gone beyond imagination. Which vulnerabilities and structural issues in the world economy has the pandemic exposed and laid bare?

Which lessons have we learnt? What should we do to make the world economy more resilient when a similar crisis hits next time?

Risks and uncertainties may never leave us. In the foreseeable future, which “grey rhinos” and “black swans” should we keep a vigilant eye on and guard against?

What remains certain in a world of great uncertainties: the long term trend of global economy


David Daokui LI, Director, Academic Center for Chinese Economic Practice and Thinking (ACCEPT)

16:15 - 17:30 Session 23 | Defusing Financial Risks: Grey Rhinos, Black Swans & Seawall

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, Xingsha B)

The Global Financial Crisis has taught us, in a bitter way, the importance of financial stability and safety. Which risks are most imminent? From a long-term perspective, which structural flaws need to be addressed?

How far have countries gone in reforming and regulating financial system to guard against financial risks? What are the pros and cons of financial reforms in the last decade?

The balance between regulation, opening and innovation?


IU Jin, Vice Chairman and President, Bank of China

WU Xiaoqiu, Vice Chairman, Academic Committee of Renmin University of China; Dean, China Capital Market Research Institute

HUANG Yiping, Director of Institute of Digital Finance, Peking University

Steven Alan BARNETT, Resident Representative for Peoples Republic of China, IMF

16:15 - 17:30 Session 24 | Smart City: What Makes a City Smart

(Changsha International Conference Center, 3rd floor, XingshaC)

Smart cities are leading the way in urbanization. For developed countries, they offer a silver lining for “urban disease”. For rapidly urbanizing developing countries, there is no need to repeat the mistakes made by advanced countries in urbanization. Rather, they may well overtake their advanced peers and build a smart city from ground zero with much less costs and resistance.

What makes a city smart?

Which technological infrastructure are critical?

What kind of talents are needed?

Are there good practices and experiences to learn from?

ModeratorYANG Yanqing,Director, Strategic Research center in Shanghai AI Laboratory; Managing Director of Yicai Research Institute


Gabriela RAMOS, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

LI Tie, Economist; Former CCUD chairman and chief economist

YANG Qiang, Chief AI Officer, WeBank; Member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

JIANG Zhenhua, Inspur Group Vice President