CAREC Think Tank Network

About CTTN
Launched in 2017 in Urumqi, People’s Republic of China during Second CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum, CAREC Think Tanks Network (CTTN) is a regional network of leading think tanks – research institutes and organizations – in the CAREC Region to promote regionalism through sharing of ideas, data, information and joint research. CTTN to promote regional economic cooperation by
• Enhancing systemic regional knowledge sharing and integration;
• Fostering Policy research and knowledge solutions to support governments;
• Enabling better policy advice and fill gap between research and policy; and
• Enhancing collective intelligence to consolidate development resources for effective cooperation, better services and improved performance.

Think tanks from CAREC member countries may participate in all network activities, Forum, research and capacity building initiatives. The membership of CTTN is expected to come from economic and development think tanks whose activities are closely aligned with CAREC 2030 priority clusters. Membership form can be obtained by sending an email to Mr. Khalid Umar at

Annual CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum (CTTDF)
Annual think tanks development forum is a flagship event of the CAREC Institute that serves as a platform for regional think tanks to deliberate upon key policy issues facing the region.

First CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum
First CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum was held on June 20-21, 2016 at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan with the participation of about 80 representatives from think tanks and research organizations from across the member countries of CAREC Program. The Forum was jointly organized by CAREC Institute (CI) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the support of Government of Republic of Kazakhstan and Graduate School of Public Policy of Nazarbayev University. The purpose of the Forum was to discuss future cooperation prospects, to develop a Network of Think Tanks from across the Region and create a power house of knowledge to inform CAREC initiative.

Second CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum
CAREC Institute, in collaboration with PRC-ADB Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative (RKSI), organized Second CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum on 6-7 September 2017 in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China. More than 80 representatives participated in the forum. Major outcome of the forum was establishment of CAREC Think Tanks Network (CTTN) by participating think tanks.

Third CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum
CAREC Institute, in collaboration with National Institute for Strategic Studies (NISS), Kyrgyz Republic organized Third CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum, with an overarching theme of “Building Knowledge Corridors along the Silk Road”, on 17-18 July 2018 at the Presidential Residence in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Over 100 participants from think tanks, universities, private sector and government attended the forum. A major output of the forum was a blue print for knowledge corridors.

CTTN Members

Members’ Research

CAREC Institute (CI) serves as secretariat to CTTN and organizer of annual think tanks development forum. Following are contact details of focal persons:
Ziqian Liang
Deputy Director

Khalid Umar
Head of Strategic Planning |Coordinator, Think Tanks Development Forum
+86 991 8891018

Dilraba Adil
Research Officer

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