On August 16-17, 2023, in Urumqi, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the CAREC Institute will host the Seventh CAREC Think Tank Development Forum (CTTDF) in partnership with China-Eurasia Expo Secretariat and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Finance Department and with financial support from the ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative (RKSI) and with the support of the Asian Development Bank (TA 6694-REG: Supporting the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Institute). The forum serves as a platform for CAREC Think Tank Network (CTTN) members and other stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussions on topics of regional importance and to generate viable policy options. It promotes interaction between think tanks and the private sector to build partnerships and alliances for joint research and capacity building initiatives to deepen regional cooperation and integration.
The forum will be held under the theme “Embracing Digital Technology for Sustainable Economic Development” and will consist of seven sessions on the role of digital technology in driving sustainable economic growth, the readiness of the CAREC region for digital adoption, the promotion of digital technologies, investments in key digital infrastructure and favorable business environment, the development of e-commerce and digital finance; and discussions of opportunities and challenges for the labor market, digital governance, and the CAREC startup ecosystem. In the closing session, CTTN members will discuss how think tanks, through strategic advocacy, can provide policy makers with the information and guidance they need to develop effective policies that promote economic growth, stability and prosperity.
The forum will bring together about 120 participants from CAREC think tanks, universities, senior government representatives, multilateral development partners, the private sector, and media. Among key speakers are representatives from the United Nations Women, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Alibaba, Tencent Research Institute and other national research institutes and think tanks.
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