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14.4. Closing remarks

- Renzong QIU, Ph.D.
President, ABA
Centre for Bioethics,
Institute of Philosophy,
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
P.O.Box 8527, Beijing 100015, CHINA 

Thank you kind friends. We have had three days of intensive meeting. Now it is time to close. In my opinion, this conference was the most important, most successful and most fruitful since ABA was established by the leadership of Professor Sakamoto. Everybody learned a lot from the conference. And they learned from each other. There were many excellent papers. This congress also unfolds a scenario by which we can see the extent of progress that we have made in the field of bioethics during these years.

Moreover, the beautiful country, the hospitable people, and delicious food inspired all of us. Thanks to all participants, those from the Asian region as well as from other continents for your active participation. On behalf of all attending members of the Asian Bioethics Association, and all participants of the conference, I express my heartfelt gratitude to all sponsoring bodies, the organizing committee and the secretariat for their generous support and organizing work and especially to one of my best friends, Prof. Song Sang-yong, my friend for more than 20 years, for his conscientious and devoted hard work. Without his effort, this conference would be impossible.

We have already made a great progress in bioethics in Asia. However, there is still a long way to go. We are faced with a lot of challenges including ethical issues raised by the new genetics or genomics, biomedicine and biotechnology. Ethical issues raised in biomedical or research involving human subjects and clinical trial. Ethical issues in the treatment and prevention of HIV and HIV vaccine research. Ethical issues in the physician-patient relationship, and the market. Whether to have a contractual or client based attitude. How we should deal properly with medical error and conflicts of interest. Ethical issues of health care reform. How to balance ethical principles like justice, equity, autonomy, cost-benefit analysis. Ethical issues and the cultural dimensions of bioethics, universality and diversity of bioethics need to be addressed.

For further developing bioethics, what has to be done is to continually emphasize a normative approach and descriptive approach to bioethical issues. We have to discover or rediscover essential resources from ancient and diverse cultures like Confucius, Kant, Koran, and Buddha etcc Capacity building is essential through bioethics education and research to train more graduate students of bioethics, and organize more training workshops for teaching bioethics or medical ethics, and members of IRBs or ethical committees at all levels.

Further institutionalization of bioethics is needed to establish ethics committees at the institutional, municipal, and provincial up to the government and ministry levels. There should be more actively participation in the debate on these issues and regulatory issues. Organizing more dialogues between scientists, geneticists, physicians, decision makers, bioethicists, lawyers and sociologists are essential. We need to organize more regional dialogues in and between sub cultural areas of East Asia, North Asia, South Asia and West Asia. More active participation in international dialogues about bioethics is needed.

I hope we could get together in Tsukuba in February and in Beijing in April 2003. The site for the next ABA congress 2004 has not been decided. As the chair of the organizing committee, I warmly welcome you to participate in the Beijing International Conference on Bioethics, which is scheduled to be held on 20-22 April 2003. Thank you.

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