The ADB–Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2013, which was the first forum of the ADB–Asian Think Tanks Network, was held in Beijing on 30-31 October 2013. The forum was organized by ADB in partnership with the Beijing office of the Asia–Pacific Finance and Development Center, a think tank of the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China.

The discussions covered latest global and regional policy developments and country-specific experiences and policy issues on innovation and inclusion. The forum provided an excellent opportunity for all participants to reflect on and share innovative knowledge and experiences through fruitful discussions, resulting in a successful forum.


The forum gathered 130 participants, comprised mostly of representatives of 47 think tanks from 26 countries in Asia and the Pacific. They are senior officials/staff of think tanks closely associated with their respective countries’ central ministries of finance, economy, and planning; and closely involved in supporting governments in preparing medium- or long-term development plans and in responding to emerging policy issues.



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    The forum resulted in the following:
  •   Establishment of the ADB–Asian Think Tanks Network to give ADB and member think tanks access to regional and country-specific knowledge that will enrich their

    respective research work and capacity to provide policy advice. The participating think tanks also agreed to hold a second forum in 2014, toward the objective of having the ADB−Asian Think Tank Development Forum as an annual event. The Korea Development Institute agreed to co-host the 2nd ADB−Asian Think Tank Development Forum, scheduled on 20-21 November 2014 in Seoul, Korea.

  •   Two publications: a) 1st issue of the ADB–Asian Think Tanks Network eNewsletter, which provides snapshots of the forum discussions; and b) forum proceedings, which

    provides the highlights of the entire forum.

  •   Forum Materials, which comprise materials discussed during the forum, e.g., regional overviews and selected countries’ perspectives on innovation and inclusive

    growth.

The two-day forum was organized into four sessions discussing innovation and inclusive growth, which are both timely and critical to ADB’s developing member countries. Download the Full Agenda.The practices and approaches adopted by selected countries on these two areas were highlighted. To ensure the active engagement of the think tanks, the sessions were structured into regional overviews and selected country presentations. Each session comprised of expert presentations, commentaries from discussants and plenary discussions.


    1. The session set the framework for the exchange of ideas underpinning the presentations and discussions. The opening messages cited the importance of Asian countries working together, through the participating think tanks, to acquire the global knowledge needed to solve Asian problems. The session underscored the need to transform the economies into knowledge economies in view of the region’s high growth performance.

      Time Speaker / Affiliation Topic
      09:00 - 09:05 Qiangwu Zhou, Deputy Director General, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center Welcome remarks
      09:05 - 09:15 Bindu Lohani, Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB Keynote address
      09:15 - 09:25 Guangyao Zhu, Vice Minister, Ministry of Finance, PRC Keynote address
      09:25 - 09:35 Shijin Liu, Vice Minister, Development Research Center of the State Council Keynote address

    1. The session traced the economic transformation and growth strategies of the Asian countries and the pivotal role innovation plays in driving growth in the region. The role of government in formulating policies and programs to promote innovation in line with the countries’ recognition that innovation is key to driving competitive advantage and growth in the 21st century was underscored.

      Time Speaker / Affiliation Topic
      10:10 - 10:35 Jesus Felipe Advisor, Economics and Research Department, ADB Asia’s Economic Transformation: Where to, How, and How Fast? Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2013 Special Chapter
      10:35 - 11:00 Poh Kam Wong Director, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and Professor, NUS Business School Innovation: Opportunities & Challenges for Emerging Asia
      11:00 - 11:20 Inhyung Lee Senior Fellow and Research Director, Korea Capital Market Institute Discussant
      11:00 - 11:20 Yuqing Xing Director of Capacity Building and Training, Asian Development Bank Institute Discussant
      11:20 - 11:40 Suguru Tamura, Senior Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry Japan
      13:30 - 13:45 Poh Kam Wong Director, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and Professor, NUS Business School Singapore's Evolving National Innovation System
      13:45 - 14:00 Nonarit Bisonyabut Senior Fellow, Thailand Development Research Institute Thailand’s Innovation System
      14:00 - 14:15 Zakariah Bin Abdul Rashid Executive Director, Malaysian Institute for Economic ResearchDirector, Asian Development Bank Institute Malaysia’s Challenges and Opportunities in Scaling Up Innovation
      14:15 - 14:30 Radhicka Kapoor Consultant, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations Towards an Inclusive & Innovative India
      14:30 - 14:45 Enkhbaigali Byambasuren Director, Mongolia Development Institute Challenges and Lessons of Policy Innovation in Mongolia

    1. The session provided the overview of the rising inequality in Asia and the Pacific which stressed that while high growth led to a large reduction in poverty, it has been accompanied by rising inequality in many countries. The country presentations showed the diversity of approaches being taken to address poverty, create employment, promote inclusive and sustainable growth, and build social protection systems.

      Time Speaker / Affiliation Topic
      15:20 - 15:50 Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist, Economics and Research Department, ADB Confronting Rising Inequality in Asia and the Pacific
      15:50 - 16:20 Athar Hussain, Director, Asia Research Center, London School of Economics Discussant
      15:50 - 16:20 Xiaoming Huang, Professor and Director, New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre Discussant
      15:50 - 16:20 Richard Rigby, Executive Director, ANU China Institute Discussant
      08:30 - 08:45 Kang Jia, Director General, Research Institute People’s Republic of China
      08:45 - 09:00 Taejong Kim, Korea Development Institute Investing for Shared Growth: Korean Experiences in Rural Development and Education Sector
      09:00 - 09:15 Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute for Public Finance Policy Inclusive Growth In India: Retrospect and Prospect
      09:15 - 09:30 Rafaelita Aldaba, OIC Vice President and Senior Research Fellow, Philippine Institute of Development Studies Innovation and Inclusion for a Prosperous Asia
      10:05 - 10:20 Carunia Mulya Hamid Firdausy, Director, National Research Centre for Economics, LIPI Inclusion and Inclusive Growth Policies for a Prosperous Indonesia
      10:20 - 10:35 Tran Kim Chung, Vice President, Central Institute for Economic Management Inclusive Growth in Vietnam
      10:35 - 10:50 Ram Chandra Dhakal Executive Director, Centre for Economic Development and Administration, Tribhuvan University Country Presentation of Nepal on Inclusion
      10:50 - 11:05 Hassan Nawaz Tarar, Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Development Inclusive Growth in Asia: Pakistan’s Experience

    1. The session traced the economic transformation and growth strategies of the Asian countries and the pivotal role innovation plays in driving growth in the region. The role of government in formulating policies and programs to promote innovation in line with the countries’ recognition that innovation is key to driving competitive advantage and growth in the 21st century was underscored.

      Time Speaker / Affiliation Topic
      11:20 - 11:40 Dongxiang Li, Advisor, Regional Sustainable and Development Department Support for Asian Think Tank Network
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