Seeking Innovation in Change --Shanghai Forum 2017 Kicked off

Shanghai Forum 2017 Annual Conference opened in Shanghai International Convention Center on May 27th. The theme is " Asia and the World: New Impetus, New Structure and New Order". Present at the opening ceremony were Weng Tiehui (Vice Mayor of Shanghai), Xu Tao (Director of Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China), Xu Ningsheng (President of Fudan University), Chey Tae-Won (Chairman & CEO of SK Group in South Korea), and Park In-kook (Secretary of the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies). Jiao Yang, Chairman of the University Council of Fudan University, hosted the opening ceremony. 

Almost 1000 guests and delegates from think tanks, universities, governments, corporates, media and other institutions all over the world attended the forum.
On the opening ceremony, keynote speeches were delivered by the following guests: Christopher Pissarides (2010 Nobel Laureate in Economics), Abdullah Gül (Former President of Turkey), Temir Sariev (Former Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan) , György H Matolcsy (Governor of he Central Bank of Hungary), and Huang Renwei (Former Vice President of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences). Park In-kook, Secretary of the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies (KFAS) presided over this session. 

The forum is held in Shanghai from May 27 to May 29. The Forum is divided into four sessions: Global Governance, China and the World, Digital Governance, and Environmental Governance with a total of 11 round-table conferences, 14 sub-forums on issues about major country relations, financial innovation, supply-side reform, the Belt and Road, the ‘16+1’ cooperation, Network Security, Energy Internet, and environmental protection, etc. The delegates will have an in-depth discussion over these topics, and explore issues and challenges during the development of China and the whole Asia’s impetus from multi-perspectives. 

Shanghai Forum 2017 devotes to accomplish a global think tank assembling platform. Under the mechanism of opening up the organizing chances of round-tables and sub-forums to applicants all over the globe, Shanghai Forum has received applications from 19 countries and regions, and over 70 universities, think tanks, media, enterprises and so forth. Among the applicants, the countries of the Belt and Road include India, Israel, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Turkey, etc. The forum has become further globalized and diversified by attracting the participation of Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, University of Alberta (Canada), Technology and Management Centre for Development (University of Oxford), University of Copenhagen, University of East Anglia, Institute for Security and Development Policy (Stockholm,Sweden), SK Group and other institutions. According to these, the international Shanghai Forum would become the stage for the communication of international think tanks and scholars.

Shanghai Forum is a large international academic forum co-hosted by Fudan University and Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, and undertaken by Fudan Development Institute. It is aimed at offering policy analysis and advice for regional and national development by establishing a platform for cultural and educational exchanges among Chinese and other countries. Launched in 2005, Shanghai Forum has invited more than 3,000 speakers and it has become a global strategic platform of Fudan University, as well as one of the most influential international academic forums in Shanghai.