Speakers and Moderators
Eugene Zhukov 
Director General
Central and West Asia Department,
Asian Development Bank
Syed Shakeel Shah
Evgeny Vinokurov
Chief Economist
the Eurasian Development Bank and the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development
Khalid Mansoor
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
Lyaziza Sabyrova
Principal Regional Economist
Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
Hans Holzhacker
Chief economist
carec institute
Xinglan Hu
Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist
Central and West Asia Department,
Asian Development Bank
Bahodir Ganiev
Senior Advisor
Center for Economic Development, Uzbekistan
Dingding Tang
Pawat Tangtrongjita
Managing Director
Socio-Economic Consultants, Thailand
Prabir De
Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India
Suresh Narayanan
Professor of Economics
the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Iskandar Abdullaev
deputy director two
carec institute
Abid Qayyum Suleri
Executive Director
Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan
Ian Greenwood
Owner and Principal Consultant
Greenwood Associates Infrastructure Consultants, New Zealand
Sanjay Saxena
Managing Director
Total Synergy Consulting Pvt. Limited, India
Tamar Sulukhia
ISET Policy Institute,  International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University, Georgia
Denis Nkala
Regional Coordinator and Representative
the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation
Liang Ziqian
Deputy director one
 carec institute
About the Forum
The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Think Tanks Development Forum (CTTDF) is organized annually under the umbrella of CAREC Think Tanks Network (CTTN) - a network of leading think tanks in the region that aims to provide innovative solutions and develop regional perspectives on emerging issues and challenges facing the CAREC region, is organized to provide a platform for multiple stakeholders to discuss  the methods and means of developing economic corridors.

This year's forum will, inter-alia, (i) deliberate the structure, design, and governance issues of economic corridors development with an emphasis on their role as drivers of economic growth and regional integration; (ii) assess progress on economic corridors in the CAREC region; (iii) learn from success and failure stories from the Asian region; (iv) explore spinoffs along the CAREC corridors; and (v) map out role of think tanks in the development of economic corridors.
Agenda (Day One - 23 November, Tuesday, UTC+8)
Session I - Opening Ceremony: Welcome Remarks
Syed Shakeel Shah, Director, Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute
Keynote Address
Eugenue Zhukov, Director General, Central and West Asia Department (CWRD), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Session II - Economic Corridors and Overview of CAREC and BRI Corridors
Moderator: Lyaziza Sabyrova, Principal Regional Economist, CWRD, Asian Development Bank
Economic Overview of the CAREC Region: Setting the Context for Economic Corridors
Hans Holzhacker, Chief Economist, CAREC Institute
Economic Corridors as a Vehicle for Economic Growth
Evgeny Vinokurov, Deputy Executive Director, Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD) and Chief Economist, Eurasian Development Bank, Moscow, Russia
Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor (ABEC)
Xinglan Hu, Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist, CWRD, Asian Development Bank 
Shymkent-Tashkent-Khujand Economic Corridor (STKEC)
Bahodir Ganiev, Senior Advisor. Center for Economic Development, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
Khalid Mansoor, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
Q&A / Discussion
Stretch Break
Session III - Spatial planning and policy incentives for developing Economic Corridors: Asian Perspectives 
Moderator: Dingding Tang, Academic member, International Finance Forum (IFF), Beijing, the PRC 
Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS)
Pawat Tangtrongjita, Managing Director, Socio-Economic Consultants, Pvt, Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand
South Asia Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC)
Dr. Prabir De, Professor, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, India
Insights from an inter-state economic corridor development program: The NCER in Malaysia
Dr. Suresh Narayanan, Professor, School of Social Sciences Universiti Sains Malaysia
Q&A / Discussion
Day One Wrap-Up
Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev, Deputy Director Two, CAREC Institute
Agenda (Day Two - 24 November, Wednesday, UTC +8)
14:40 - 15:00
Signing in
15:00 - 16:00
Session IV - Exploring Spin-Offs
Moderator: Dr. Abid Qayyum Suleri Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, Pakistan 
Cross-border Transport along CAREC Corridors
Dr. Ian Greenwood, Infrastructure Consultant, Greenwood Associates, Auckland, New Zealand
Tourism potential along CAREC Economic Corridors
Sanjay Saxena, Managing Director, Total Synergy Consulting Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, India
Q&A / Discussion
16:00 - 16:45
Session I - Mapping out Role of Think Tanks in Economic Corridors Development 
Moderator: Dr. Tamar Sulukhia Director, ISET Policy Institute, International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University, Georgia
Economic Corridors and South-South & Triangular Cooperation
Dr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator and Representative, UNOSSC Asia and the Pacific Office
CAREC Think Tanks Network Stocktaking and Roadmap 
Ziqian Liang, Deputy Director One, CAREC Institute
Q&A / Discussion
16:45 - 17:00
Wrapping up and Closing Remarks
Syed Shakeel Shah, Director, CAREC Institute
About CAREC Think Tanks Network 

Leading think tanks from the CAREC member countries agreed to establish the CAREC Think Tanks Network (CTTN) during the second CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum (CTTDF) in Urumqi, People’s Republic of China (PRC), in 2017 to provide innovative solutions for promoting economic cooperation by recognizing importance of regional perspectives. The "Urumqi Declaration" became the founding document of the CTTN.

The CTTN promotes the regional economic cooperation by enhancing systemic regional knowledge sharing and integration; fostering policy research and knowledge solutions to support governments; enabling better policy advice; reducing gaps between research and policy; and enhancing collective intelligence to consolidate development resources for effective cooperation, better services, and improved performance.

Today the Network includes many prominent think tanks, universities and research institutions from 11 CAREC member countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, PRC, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). Since 2017, the CTTN regularly organizes forums, webinars and talk series; facilitates information and knowledge sharing; and provides research grants to think tanks, researchers and academia on key policy issues in the region.

 Past Forums
The CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum (CTTDF) is organized annually under the auspices of the CTTN. The forum has become an attractive platform for think tanks, academia, private sector and governments from the CAREC region and beyond to exchange views and knowledge on evolving regional and global policy challenges.

The First CTTDF: "Promoting Economic Cooperation for an Integrated Central Asia", Almaty, Kazakhstan
20-21 June 2016
The CAREC Institute hosted the first CTTDF in June 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan, with the theme of "Promoting Economic Cooperation for an Integrated Central Asia." The Forum was successfully organized in partnership with Graduate School of Public Policy of Nazarbayev University and with support from ADB and the Government of Kazakhstan. The Forum focused on three main themes: i) economic prospects of Central Asia, ii) necessities, opportunities and challenges of strengthening connectivity of infrastructures in Central Asian region, and iii) building a knowledge sharing network among CAREC member countries.     
The Second CTTDF: "Exploring Knowledge Solutions for Regional Cooperation and Integration.", Urumqi, PRC, September 2017
September 2017
The second CTTDF was held in Urumqi, PRC, in September 2017 with the theme of "Exploring Knowledge Solutions for Regional Cooperation and Integration." The 2nd Forum was organized in partnership with ADB and ADB-Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative (RKSI) and discussed the topics on regional economic cooperation and integration, avenues for cooperation in infrastructure and trade, and institutional developments of think tanks in the region. During the Forum, the participants adopted the "Urumqi Declaration" - a founding document to officially establish the CAREC Think Tanks Network. For the 2nd Forum report, please visit here.
The Third CTTDF: "Building Knowledge Corridors along the Silk Road", Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
17-18 July 2018
Realizing its role as a knowledge arm of the CAREC 2030, the CAREC Institute partnered with the National Institute of Strategic Studies (NISS) of the Kyrgyz Republic to organize the 3rd CTTDF in Bishkek in July 2018 with a thematic focus on building knowledge corridors along the Silk Road. Over 100 participants deliberated on the concept of knowledge corridors as an interconnected web of thoughts and ideas of knowledge enablers (government), knowledge articulators (sector experts), knowledge generators (research entities), and knowledge transformers (business sector) to translate knowledge into tangible gains and advance regionalism for shared prosperity. For the 3rd Forum report, please visit here.
The Fourth CTTDF: "Trading for Shared Prosperity", Xi'an, PRC
27-28 August 2019
The fourth CTTDF was organized in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative (RKSI) and International Economics and Finance Institute (IEFE) of the Ministry of Finance of the PRC on 27-28 August 2019 with a theme of "Trading for Shared Prosperity" in one of the ancient cities and starting points of the Silk Road, Xian, Shaanxi Province, the PRC. The Forum brought  together around 130 participants from think tanks, academia, private sector, and governments to deliberate on trade expansion from increased market access, greater diversification, and stronger institutions for trade under the CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda (CITA) 2030 in the context of heightened US-PRC trade tensions and expansion of disruptive technologies. For the 4th Forum report, please visit here.

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