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The International Finance Forum (IFF) was founded in Beijing of China in October 2003. Our organization is committed to bringing together the world’s elite, promoting cooperation among forum members and associates, critically examining the key issues that prevail in the finance industry, finding effective ways for overcoming the major challenges that our world faces and promoting a more harmonious environment for international cooperation and economic growth. In addition, we make efforts to deliver a multitude of valuable products and services to our members, including the IFF Annual Global Conference, consultancy services, specialist publications, educational training and global initiatives.
 
In September 2003, in response to international demand and the financial situation, the International Finance Forum (IFF) issued preparatory proposals for the IFF establishment and received resounding support from the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the former Canada Premier Jean Chretien, and the former American President Bill Clinton, the Chinese government, the United Nations bodies, relevant international economic organizations, and world-renowned and well-respected financial figures. In its later development, the IFF received endorsements from more than 200 political and financial leaders, such as the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the former New Zealand Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Han Seung-soo, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz, the Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde and the Secretary-General of UNCTAD Supachai Panitchpakdi.
 
Since the IFF began to hold annual global conference from 2003, more than 600 well-known leaders or experts from the world’s political, economic and financial areas have made presentations, and more than 10,000 representatives from various sectors have attended the IFF Annual Conference, which has attracted great interest from the global community.

2003 Global Conference
In 2003 the International Finance Forum (IFF) launched its first annual conference with the theme of “Economic Globalization and Economic Reform”. 78 members and over 600 representatives from over 20 countries and regions including China, the U.S, E.U, the U.N and relevant international organizations gathered and shared insights on global economic and financial issues. The meeting attracted enormous attention in the international community.
 
2004 Global Conference
This year’s conference was organized by the Beijing Municipal Government and “one bank and three commissions”, and had the theme "Financial Development and Governance in Financial Structure". Representatives focused on China's financial reform and development, international financial situation and other important issues. The Chinese Premier and the Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Wen Jiabao met with representatives, and the Chinese Vice Premier and the Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Huang Ju attended the forum and delivered a speech. The conference of 2004 was regarded as the highest-level international finance forum after China’s accession to World Trade Organization, and its subject matter reflected the new achievements in reform and opening-up of China’s financial industry and the confidence of meeting financial globalization, which had made a profound impact on China's financial development.
 
In November, the forum released the "IFF Declaration" and announced the establishment of the IFF Global Council and standing committees.

2005 IFF and G20 Deputies Meeting
As part of its year-long presidency of the G20 in 2005, China as the rotating Presidency hosted the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting. The IFF participated in the G20 Deputies meeting and Re-inventing Bretton Woods System Seminar. As a result the IFF annual conference was not held in this year.
 
2006 Global Conference
This year the conference theme was "2006: The New Landscape of Chinese Financial Market". China's financial market opening, regional financial cooperation, and the reform of the international currency system were discussed in depth. The IFF published the annual report on the new pattern of China's financial opening, which was highly spoken of by both society and academia home and abroad. There were more than 100 guests attended the annual conference, including the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Morris Strong, the 10th Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of NPC Cheng Siwei, and Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission Liu Mingkang.
 
2007 Global Conference
This year’s theme was “The Finance Globalization: Opportunities and Challenges”. At the time, the United States was suffering the subprime crisis, and the global finance had became instable. It was also the 10th anniversary of the Asian financial crisis, and the first year of Chinese financial liberation after accession to the WTO. How China, as an emerging market, dealt with challenges and opportunities in financial globalization became the focus of attention. The conference developed into an in-depth discussion on global capital market financing, private capital, the Chinese financial market, the Sino-US financial strategic dialogue, and the financial development of Chinese capital. The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair and the former Prime Minister of New Zealand Jenny Shipley attended and delivered keynote speeches. More than 100 global financial leaders attended the meeting.
In November of the same year, the IFF officially published its series of strategic books. The IFF anthology is now published annually and combines research results, speech materials and contributions from financial leaders and IFF members based on its annual conference and researches. Series that have been published include "China's New Pattern of Financial Opening" and "The Global Financial Crisis: The Impact of China on the World".

2008 Global Conference
2008 was the 30th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, but it was also the year of the global financial crisis. During that time the International Finance Forum (IFF) held its 5th Global Conference in November with the topic of "China's Reform and Opening up for 30 Years: Towards the World - Global Financial Governance and Sustainable Development". There were several parallel forums held to summarize China's financial development and extraordinary experiences over the last 30 years, while at the same time considering the impact of international financial crisis on China. Cheng Siwei, the Vice Chairman of the 10th National People's Congress presided over the opening ceremony and delivered a speech. Guo Jinlong, Mayor of Beijing, also attended the forum and made a speech. The conference attracted great attention from the international community.

2009 Global Conference
In 2009 the international financial forum was officially registered as an independent legal institution. The forum set up the Advisory Council and the Academic Committee, which together formed the initial structure of the Forum. This year's theme was “Reform and Development after the Financial Crisis". The main topics discussed were the depreciation of the dollar, the introduction of measures and the new international financial system. The former Prime Minister of South Korea's Han Seung-soo, former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former Prime Minister of New Zealand Jenny Shipley were amongst the international dignitaries attended the conference. Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People's Congress Cheng Siwei, former State Councilor Li Guixian, the Mayor of Beijing Guo Jinlong, the chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission Liu Mingkang and other domestic guests also attended the conference.

2010 Global Conference
This year’s theme was “Post-Crisis Era: A New Global Financial World”. Over 100 IFF global members attended the conference. The Chairman of Economic Recovery Advisory Board for the U.S President and former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Paul Volcker delivered a keynote speech. South Korea's former Prime Minister Han Seung-soo, former Prime Minister of New Zealand Jenny Shipley and other international dignitaries attended the conference. Cheng Siwei, the Vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People's Congress. Dai Xianglong, the Chairman of National Council for Social Security Fund and other domestic guests attended the conference. A key point of discussion was how to promote economic recovery and growth during the post-crisis era.

In the November of 2010, the IFF signed a strategic cooperation memorandum with the United Nations System of Organizations and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership and to establish jointly the IFF International Advisory Committee and the comprehensive sustainable development council.

2011 Global Conference
This year’s theme was “New Global Finance Architecture: Changes and Impacts”, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IFF Chairman Paul Volcker addressed the conference. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF), Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, and more than 100 other global business leaders attended. Chinese former Premier Wen Jiabao, the Vice President Xi Jinping met with the Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde. Vice Premier Wang Qishan met with foreign delegates. Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 10th NPC Cheng Siwei, Chairman of National Council for Social Security Fund Dai Xianglong, former Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission Liu Mingkang, Chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission Guo Shuqing and other domestic guests also attended the conference. Beijing City Mayor Guo Jinlong attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech. Through high-level dialogue between members, the conference explored further the influence of the new global rules, to provide forward-looking ideas and possible ways for the world economy and the future of Finance to progress.
 
"International Finance Forum Global Strategy Library” was issued during the conference. It is a series of high-end academic books that were published with the joint efforts of the International Finance Forum (IFF) Council, the International Advisory Council and the Academic Committee, to promote the IFF’s development, and strengthen its academic building.

2012 Global Conference
This year's theme was "Changes in the World Economic Landscape and Global Financial Reform". More than 100 leaders of the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as the academic leaders, civil society leaders attended the meeting. After the high-level dialogue between the members of the IFF and the domestic and foreign financial leaders, the meeting explored world economic structure changes and global financial reform, providing strategic, forward-looking ideas and insights into the world and China's economic and financial development. South Korea's former Prime Minister Han Seung-soo and other international dignitaries, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 10th NPC Cheng Siwei, Chairman of National Council for Social Security Fund Dai Xianglong, Governor of the People's Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan, and other figures such as Zheng Bijian, Wu Jinglian, Lin Yifu, Li Ruogu, and Jin Liqun all delivered keynote speeches.
 
After nearly 10 years of development, the International Finance Forum (IFF)’s aims and positioning has become increasingly clear, having developed a mature operating mechanism and identified abundant topics of interest. Originating from China, the IFF is now an international non-governmental organization, and has great support from the United Nations in its efforts to contribute each specified topic, attaching great importance to the international financial community and actively participating in the global finance. IFF has become a platform for financial discourse set up in China and with great influence all across the world. The IFF will play an increasingly important role in the process of China opening up and influencing the financial world. Furthermore, IFF will play more and more important role in the process, of Beijing becoming a world city and financial center.

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