The Forum on the Development of Tibet of China has been held successively for three times in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
The two-day forum is focusing on discussions on Tibet's development mode, Tibetology research and development, its cultural development and relics protection, education and Tibetan medicine.
The first Forum on the Development of Tibet of China opened in Vienna on Nov.29, 2007. It was jointly sponsored by the State Council Information Office of China, the Chinese embassy in Austria, the permanent mission of China to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna and Austrian organizations including the Organization to Support the Austrian and Chinese Economic Cooperations.
The forum served as a window open to the outside world for Tibet and boost the friendship and mutual between China and Austria.
The Second Forum on the Development of Tibet was held in Rome, Italy, Oct. 22, 2009. It has attracted more than 400 participants from China, Italy, Austria, the United States, India, Australia, Spain and Belgium.
Wang Chen, Minister of the State Council Information Office of China, said the forum was an important component in friendly communication between China and Italy. It was bound to play a role in promoting mutual understanding and enhancing friendship between our two peoples, in furthering China-Italy cooperation and exchange in economic, social and cultural fields, and in enriching and deepening the long-existing friendship between our two countries.
The Third Forum on the Development of Tibet of China opened in Athens, Greece, Nov. 10, 2011. During the two-day event, delegates from Greece, Britain, France, Germany, India and Nepal expressed their opinions on Tibet's modernization and put forward valuable advice and suggestions based on their own experience and research findings.
The topics included Tibet's economic-social development, cultural heritage, environmental protection, technology, education, tourism development and foreign investment opportunities.
Constantine N. Yannidis, president of the Hellenic-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said this event was very important because it would enhance the Greek society's understanding of Tibet and promote the friendly exchange between the two sides.