Conference & Forum

CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum Trading for Shared Prosperity

27 Aug 2019 - 28 Aug 2019 Shaanxi, The People's Republic of China

On 27 and 28 August 2019, the 4th CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum (CTTDF) themed “Trading for Shared Prosperity” was organized by the CAREC Institute in cooperation with ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative and the International Economics and Finance Institute (IEFE), Ministry of Finance, the PRC, in Xi’an. Over  130 participants attended the forum comprising ADB Vice President Mr. Shixin Chen; Deputy Director General Mr. Weihua Liu, Ministry of Finance, the PRC; Shaanxi Province Deputy Governor Mr. Datong Xu; deputy ministers of CAREC counties; other government officials; directors of international organizations; researchers from CAREC countries; and other regional experts. The 4th CTTDF identifies and discusses main challenges to trade within the region, among which are economic implications of the burgeoning trade conflicts among major global trading partners.


08:30 – 09:00 Registration
Session I: Opening Ceremony
09:00 – 09:10Welcome Remarks:
Syed Shakeel Shah, Director, CAREC Institute
09:10 – 09:20Opening Remarks:
Shixin Chen, Vice President, ADB
09:20 – 09:30Opening Speech:
Liu Weihua, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Finance, the PRC
09:30 – 09:45Keynote Address:
Xu Datong, Deputy Governor of Shaanxi Province
09:45 – 10:20 Group Photo and Coffee Break
Session II: Showcasing CAREC Institute’s Output
10:20 – 12:30 Moderator:
Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, Pakistan

CAREC Regional Integration Index
Dr. Saeed Qadir, Research Associate, China, Law and Development Project, China Center, University of Oxford, UK
Tess Cruz del Rosario, Senior Research Associate, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Assessing participation of CAREC countries in Global and Regional Value Chains
Yaroslava Babych, Head of Macroeconomic Policy Research Center, ISET Policy Institute, Assistant Professor of Economics, ISET – International School of Economics, Tbilisi State University, Georgia

The Impact of sanitary, phytosanitary, and quality-related standards on the trade flow between CAREC countries and Georgia
Dr. Phatima Mamardashvili, Assistant Professor, Head of the Agricultural Policy Research Center, International School of Economics, Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Opportunities and challenges for Agri-food trade between Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan
Dr. Zehra Waheed, Director, Centre for Business and Society, Assistant Professor, Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan

Analysis of cooperation in tourism sector between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan; a study of cross-border Value Chains
Rosa Alieva, Lecturer, Module Leader for Tourism and its Dynamics, Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Session III: Trade on Ancient Silk Road: A Perspective from Xian
12:30 – 01:20 Moderator:
Hao Zhang, Deputy Country Director, ADB Resident Mission, Beijing, the PRC

Exploring Trade Opportunities under BRI
Professor Zongxian Feng, Xian Jiaotong University

Standardizing Transport and Logistics along the Silk Road
Professor Dong Qianli, Director, The Institute of Logistics and Supply Chain/ Executive Director of China Logistics Association, Shaanxi, the PRC

01:20 – 02:20 Lunch
Session IV: Trading for Shared Prosperity: Challenges and Prospects
02:20 – 03:40 Moderator:
Safdar Parvez, Director, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Manila, Philippines

US-China Trade War – birth of neo-mercantilism
Masahiro KAWAI, Director-General, Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA)/Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, Japan

Impact on Region: Building a Counterfactual
Ye Jiandi, Deputy Director General, International Economics and Finance Institute (IEFI), Beijing, the PRC

03:40 – 04:00 Coffee Break
04:00 – 05:30Moderator:
Syed Shakeel Shah, Director, CAREC Institute

CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda (CITA) 2030: Key Pillars and Strategic Action Plan
Dorothea Lazaro, Regional Cooperation Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines
Bahodir Ganiev, Senior Advisor, Center for Economic Development, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

06:30 – 07:30 Banquet, Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, hosted by CI

08:30 – 09:00 Registration
Session V: New Technologies: Policy Implications for the CAREC Region
08:45 – 10:15 Moderator:
Dr. Siddharth Saxena, Chairman, Central Asia Forum, Cambridge University, UK

Evaluating impact of new technologies on transforming trade
Ian Watt, Vice Chair, the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Policy Implications for CAREC Region in terms of taxation, licensing and regulations
Dr. Hong Xue, Director of Beijing Normal University Institute for Internet Policy & Law (IIPL), Co-Director of UNCITRAL-BNU Joint Certificate Program on International E-Commerce Law, Beijing, the PRC

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break
Session VI: Embracing E-commerce
10:30 – 12:00 Moderator:
Altaaf Hasham, Management Program Liaison Officer Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Readiness of CAREC Region for embracing E-commerce
Tengfei Wang, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand

E-commerce: Key takeaways from the PRC’s experience
Victor Tseng, Vice President of Corporate and Investor Relations, Pin Duoduo, Shanghai, the PRC

Session VII: CAREC Think Tanks Network (CTTN)
12:00 – 01:00 Moderator:
Ziqian Liang , Deputy Director, CAREC Institute

Overview of CTTN Advisory Panel Meeting
Mr. Davaadorj Ganbold, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia/Chair of CTTN Advisory Panel

Strategizing CTTN and the Forum – Progress and Roadmap
Khalid Umar, CAREC Institute

Closing Remarks
Syed Shakeel Shah, Director, CAREC Institute
01:00 – 02:00Lunch
02:00 – 05:00Networking & Visit to Terracotta Army Museum

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