2015 Penang Hanwang Sustainable Development International forum is jointly organized by Penang State Government, Beijing International Exchange Association Sustainable Development Committee, Social Entrepreneurs with Integrity Association, Sage International and Hua Tao International Foundation. It aims to establish regional and sub-regional cooperation among ASEAN countries on sustainable development by creating and achieving mutual economic and social benefits through China’s One Belt One Road policy.
The Hanwang Forum started in year 2012, with the theme of “Disaster Prevention, Disaster Relief and Sustainable Development” which was held to commemorate the 12th May 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The Hanwang Forum has been listed as a strategic cooperation project by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Situated along the coastline of Maritime Silk Road, Penang’s strategic position facilitates regional cooperation in trading, investment and infrastructure development; in developing and opening up new markets in the agricultural, industrial, cultural and creative sector.
The theme for 2015 Penang Hanwang Forum is “One Belt One Road ASEAN Economic Community Economic Partnership”. This year’s forum focuses on seven (7) key areas including Disaster Management; Economic Development and Investment; Ecological and Sustainable Environment; Halal Food Market and Services; Tourism and Culture; Human Capital Development; Health Care.
There were a total of 250 delegates from 12 countries.