The 2015 Forum was held on 8-9 September 2015 in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research and the Asian Development Bank organized the forum.

The forum had 72 participants representing think tanks from 26 countries in Asia and the Pacific, along with representatives from Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Tenaga Nasional Berhad.
The forum has two publications. One is the third issue of the ADB-Asian Think Tanks Network eNewsletter capturing the snapshots of the forum discussion; and another is the forum proceedings providing highlights of the discussions during the forum.
“Advancing Innovation and Inclusion for a Prosperous Asia” was the theme of the 2015 Forum.
The discussions on advancing innovation and inclusion covered country-specific and regional issues, including policy developments. A mix of plenary and parallel sessions provided enough time for discussion and knowledge sharing enhanced through networking among participants. The opening plenary session was followed by presentations and discussions on six subthemes: (i) regional economic outlook; (ii) global value chains: challenges and opportunities; (iii) regional economic cooperation: priorities and concerns; (iv) transitioning from middle-income status; (v) social inclusion for shared growth; and, (vi) capacity building for better policy advising. The five major sessions were organized, as follows:

In 7-8 September 2015, ADB’s Call for Papers resulted in the selection and preparation of 18 research papers for presentation in the ADB–Asian Think Tank Forum 2015. The abstracts of these papers are as follows:
Title Author Description Country
Leveraging Trade For Economic Growth In Cambodia Vutha Hing, Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) This article attempts to answer two important questions: (1) Why is trade vital for Cambodia’s growth path? (2) What is the right policy mix for Cambodia to make trade work for economic growth? Cambodia
Think Tank Capacity Building For Better Policy Impact: CDRI 25 Year’s Experience Chhem Rethy, Executive Director, Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) An organisation is only as strong as its people and its partners. I will look at how CDRI developed its intellectual capital and engaged with partners and donors while maintaining its independence. Cambodia
Technology, Jobs And Inequality Evidence From India’s Manufacturing Sector Radhicka KAPOOR, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) India’s post reform economic development has seen a sustained increase in the capital intensity of production in the manufacturing sector. India
What Has Changed In Indian Economy Rathin ROY, Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) India is argued to be one of the few economies that receded from the impact of global financial crisis of 2008. In the case of India, the economic crisis coincided with national elections, so a fiscal expansion had already been undertaken just prior to the onset of the global crisis. India
Can Multidimension Poverty Line Be Applied In Indonesia? Carunia Mulya Hamid Firdausy, Director, National Research Centre for Economics, LIPI Rapid economic growth has led to a significant reduction in the incidence of poverty in Indonesia since 1997. However, that significant reduction of the poor has been criticized. It is argued that the poverty reduction using the conventional national poverty line was only true in terms of statistical figure, but not in terms of the requirement to maintain a minimum living standard by the poor. Indonesia
The Changing Sophistication Of China’s Exports Willem Thorbecke, Senior Fellow Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) For China to proceed to the next stage of development, it needs to progress to higher value added, innovative, activities. Japan

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