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ADB—Asian Think Tank Development Forum 2016

(Kuala Lumpur)

8–9 September 2015

About the forum

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.


“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:

8 September 2016 — Day 1

9 September 2016 — Day 2