Boao Forum for Asia 2019

Boao Forum for Asia 2019

Boao Forum for Asia 2019 was themed "Shared Future, Concerted Action, Common Development". The BFA 2019 took place, from 26 to 29 March 2019.

Boao Forum for Asia 2019  (TV Session): 

Dr. Das Bikash Kali , BOAO Forum for asia
Boao Forum for Asia 2019 -Young Leaders Roundtable

Description: - The post-2010 generation has been dubbed Generation Alpha and it's projected that by 2025 its ranks will be 2 billion strong! - Members of the   Alpha generation are digitally native;  technology permeates all aspects of their lives, from work to shopping, friendship, and love. - But while technology has enriched their lives, and ours, it’s also begun to hold us captive in ways we haven’t experienced before. - How should we perceive our evolving relationship with technology?  And in a world of growing divides, can it help bring us closer?

Brief Summary: Generation Alpha is the human population succeeding Generation Z. Researchers use early 2010 as starting birth years and the mid-2020s as ending birth years. Gen Alpha is the first to be born entirely in the 21st century. Most members of Generation Alpha are the children of Millennials. Generation Alpha is expected to reach two billion by 2025. Generation Alpha has grown up using smartphones and tablets as part of their childhood entertainment with many being exposed to devices as a soothing distraction or educational aids. Using smartphones and tablets to access video streaming services is a popular form of entertainment for the Alpha Gen.

Generation Alpha has also been surrounded by adult Internet use from the beginning of their lives. Their parents, primarily Millennials, are heavy social media users. The millennial generation's familiarity with the online world allows them to use their personal experience to help their children (alpha gen) navigate the world of the internet and thus social media. The first wave of Generation Alpha will reach adulthood by the 2030s.Gen. Alpha will be the most formally educated generation, the most technology-supplied generation, and globally the wealthiest generation ever

Due to cultural ideals, government policy, and modern medicine, there have been severe gender imbalances in China and India. According to the United Nations, in 2018, China and India had a combined 50 million excess males under the age of 20. Such a discrepancy fuels many social problems.

In India, the fertility rate has fallen from 5.91 in 1960 to 2.24 in 2020. In addition, the number of women who would like to have more than one child has declined significantly. The National Family Health Survey of 2018 found that only 24% of Indian women were interested in having a second child, down from 68% a decade prior. Nine states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh – found their fertility rate to be below the replacement level in 2018. In general, India's falling fertility is correlated with increasing women's literacy rates and level of education, rising economic prosperity, improved mobility, and later marriage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been urging couples to have fewer children to make sure they are better-taken care of.

Dr. Das Bikash Kali , BOAO Forum for asia
Dr. Das Bikash kali - at Young Leaders Roundtable,
BOAO Forum for Asia 2019

Conclusion: The use of technology for developing cultural understanding among the Alpha Gen is very much important. The Alpha Gen will be technologically more advanced, which will increase more globalization and intercultural contacts. 

(the following concluding remarks were given by Dr. Das Bikash Kali at Boao Forum for Asia 2019 TV session  -Young Leaders Roundtable ).

Boao Forum for Asia, Boao, Hainan
Boao Forum for Asia, Boao, Hainan

About the "Boao Forum for Asia"

The Boao Forum for Asia “BFA”, was founded on 27 February 2001, by 26 Asian and Australasian states (Australia, New Zealand, few neighboring islands), the forum is also known as the “Asian Davos”. The first meeting was held from 12-13 April 2002. Its Secretariat is based in Beijing. BFA holds its annual conference in Boao, Hainan regularly. The BFA is a non-governmental international organization that promotes regional economic integration and bringing Asian countries closer to realize their development goals. BFA was jointly initiated by 29 member states, including India, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) being a founding member. Previous BFA 2019 was themed “Shared Future, Concerted Action, Common Development”. The BFA 2019 took place, from 26 to 29 March 2019. The 2020 BFA annual conference was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Boao Forum for Asia, BikashKaliDas
Boao Forum for Asia . Boao, Hainan

The Boao Forum for Asia 2021 will be held on April 18–21, theme- “Peace in Transformation: Let’s Join Forces for Global Governance and Cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative.” Round tables and panel discussions will focus on six key themes: “Understanding China”, “Keeping pace with global change”, “Cooperation of the Belt and Road Initiative”, “In the context of industrial transformation”, “New technologies for all” and “Mutually beneficial development”. Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) 2021 will offer an “Asian perspective” for improving global governance. There are two important workshops — “Explore China” and “BRI Cooperation” that will be held this year at BFA 2021. 

Discussions at the BFA focus on economics, integration, cooperation, society, and the environment. In the past, the forum also addressed China's entry into the World Trade Organization and Southeast Asia's economic crisis during the 1990s. The geopolitical strategy 'China's peaceful rise' was a topic of discussion for the forum in 2004. In addition to its annual meeting, the BFA also sponsors other forums and meetings related to Asian issues.

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