ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2017
The Asian Development Bank in partnership with the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka organized the fifth ADB–Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 20–21 September 2017. It was attended by over 70 representatives from 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific and 7 international organizations. With the theme "Financing for Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific," the forum served as a platform for knowledge-sharing and capacity-building of top think tanks in the region.
Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka delivered the keynote address, highlighting the timeliness and appropriateness of the theme in addressing the urbanization challenges facing developing economies in the region. Following the presentations on economic outlook by the representatives of ADB, PRC, India, and Sri Lanka, selected research papers of think tank members were presented on the themes of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) and other innovative and emerging infrastructure financing schemes, and urban infrastructure and service delivery. Participants shared country experiences, challenges and opportunities of urban infrastructure projects, and the financing options. Active participatory discussions followed, complemented by guest lecture and presentation highlighting fiscal implication of urbanization and the region’s growing infrastructure needs.
ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2016 concluded
The ADB-Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2016 was held on 27-28 October 2016 in New Delhi, India. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressed the nearly 100 think tanks from across the Asian region and encouraged them to share knowledge and influence policy to make urbanization sustainable. With the theme of “Promoting Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and the Pacific”, participants discussed broad and country-specific challenges and learned the various financing schemes used by the more advanced Asian countries. The second day of the forum offered a dialogue between government representatives and think tanks on ways they could further collaborate. The National Institute of Public Finance and Policy and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations co-hosted the event. See program
How and why we network Asian think tanks
Networking enhances peer learning, strengthens collective capacities, bridges the gap between research and policy advice, and eventually contributes to the effectiveness of public policies in developing Asia. View Blog