On October 28th 2003, seventy eight political and financial leaders from a significant number of international organizations such as the UN, and over 20 countries and regions convened a meeting in Beijing that inaugurated the International finance Forum (IFF). Aligning with the new economic and financial landscape entering 21st century, the establishment of IFF is a response to the increasing desire to in-depth cooperation and regular dialogue mechanism for consultation and solution of major financial issues, including financial crisis.

The International Finance Forum (IFF) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental international organisation founded in Beijing in October 2003, and established by financial leaders from more than 20 countries and regions, including China, the United States, the European Union, emerging countries and leaders of international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IFF is a long-standing, high-level platform for dialogue and communication and multilateral cooperation and has been upgraded to F20 (Finance 20) status.

Upholding the spirit of “Comprehensive and sustainable development – New capital, new value, new world”, since the founding in 2003, the International Finance Forum (IFF) has been committed to building itself into a world-class academic think-tank and multilateral dialogue platform with strategic insight.

The International Finance Forum (IFF) operation based on an open, transparent and fair mechanism to ensure its independence, objectivity, foresight and inclusiveness and to facilitate global financial co-operation and exchanges. Through in-depth research on global finance, IFF is committed to promoting sustainable development of China and the world economy. Our target is building a:

1. International Financial Strategic Dialogue Platform
2. International Financial Cooperation & Exchange Platform
3. International Financial Innovation & Practice Platform
4. International Financial Strategic Think-Tank Platform
5. International Financial Talents Platform

The International Finance Forum (IFF)has developed itself into an independent and non-governmental international organisation. Based in Beijing, it has become a regular platform for high-level dialogue, exchange and research in the global financial realm and has attracted increasing attention of the financial and other sectors.

Since its establishment,IFF has been holding its annual meeting to analyse and address economic and financial issues facing China and the world.The annual meeting has become a major event in the financial realm worldwide,and has been upgraded to F20 status. Previous events invited hundreds of global political, economic andfinancial leaders, including Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, the U.N.Secretary-General; Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia; Jean-Claude Trichet, former president of the European Central Bank; Yukio Hatoyama, former prime minister of Japan; HRH prince Turki BinAbdullah Bin Abdulaziz;Tony Blair, former prime minister of GreatBritain and Northern Ireland;Jenny Shipley,former prime minister of New Zealand; Han Seung-soo,former prime minister of the Republicof Korea; Paul Volcker, former Fed chairman;Supachai Panitchpakdi, former secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development; Christine Lagarde, former managing director of theInternational Monetary Fund; Jaime Caruana, former general manager of the Bank for International Settlements.

All these meetings achieved remarkable results. The solutions and suggestions that experts introduced at the meetings have had significant influences in the international financial field, and have become important references for formulating economic and financial policies. China’s national leaders including Xi Jinping, Wen Jiabao, Wang Qishan have also met with the guests during the meeting.

The International Finance Forum (IFF) Annual Meeting has become a “high level, high-end and international” financial summit, and hence, is well known as the F20.

High Level – International speakers mainly consist of senior executives of international organisations or institutions. Domestic speakers are heads from financial regulation entities and financial institutions.

High-end – China’s financial reform, particularly the reform of state-owned banks, is also deepening. The themes and the speeches delivered by conference guests at the annual meetings have represented the highest level of insights and opinions on global financial situation and other key issues.

International – IFF's international nature lies in its high-level dialogue mechanism of the annual meetings, which makes it stand out among similar events. The annual meeting attracts hundreds of global political, economic, and financial leaders gathering in China to explore new drivers of growth.

Ban Ki-moon, the 8th U.N. Secretary-General, once praised the valuable contributions of the International Finance Forum (IFF) to global policy dialogues that rebuild the essence of finance through timely discussion.

Jean-Claude Trichet, former president of the European Central Bank, honorary chairman of G30, and chairman of the European Group of the Trilateral Commission, spoke very highly of the role of IFF since its establishment, and pointed out that IFF has always adhered to the mission of “Comprehensive and Sustainable Development – New Capital, New Value, New World”. He said that this spirit is in line with the development trend of new global economic and financial pattern.

Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve and former chairman of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, also affirmed that IFF is an important platform that promotes international financial cooperation and development, “I hope IFF would continuously carry forward its important mission".

The Secretariat of International Finance Forum (IFF) locates at Beijing Headquarters of the IFF; Address of the IFF Permanent Conference Site is No.1, Hengli Island Tip, Nansha District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.