Economic Corridors: Pathways to Regional Growth

In view of the significance and potential of economic corridors in promoting trade, growth, and deepening regional integration, the 5th CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum (CTTDF) will be held on 23-24 November 2021 in a virtual mode, under the banner of “Economic Corridors: Pathways to Regional Growth.” It will discuss, among others, the roles of CAREC economic corridors, including the Almaty-Bishkek, Shymkent-Tashkent-Khujand, and China-Pakistan economic corridors, and draw on experiences of Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) and South Asia Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) economic corridors.

How to Join

Register via Zoom

Agenda:

DateProgram
Session I: Opening Ceremony
15:00 – 15:15Welcome Remarks, Syed Shakeel Shah, Director, CAREC Institute (5 minutes)
Keynote Address, Eugenue Zhukov, Director General, Central and West Asia Department (CWRD), ADB (5 minutes)
Group Photo (5 minutes)
Session II
15:15 – 17:00 Moderator: Lyaziza G. Sabyrova, Principal Regional Economist, CWRD, ADB

Economic Overview of the CAREC Region: Setting the Context for Economic Corridors (15 minutes)
Hans Holzhacker, Chief Economist, CAREC Institute

Economic Corridors as a Vehicle for Economic Growth (20 minutes)
Evgeny Vinokurov, Deputy Executive Director, Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD) and Chief Economist, Eurasian Development Bank, Moscow, Russia

Overview of CAREC and BRI Corridors
1. Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor (ABEC) (15 minutes)
Xinglan Hu, Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist, CWRD, ADB

2. Shymkent-Tashkent-Khujand Economic Corridor (15 minutes)
Bahodir Ganiev, Senior Advisor, Center for Economic Development, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

3. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) (15 minutes)
Khalid Mansoor, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

Q&A/Discussion (25 minutes)
Session III
17:10 – 18:10 Spatial Planning and Policy Incentives for Developing ECs: Asian Perspectives

Moderator: Dingding Tang, Academic member, International Finance Forum (IFF), Beijing, the PRC

1. Greater Mekong Sub-Region (15 minutes)
Pawat Tangtrongjita, Managing Director, Socio-Economic Consultants, Pvt, Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand

2. South Asia Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) (15 minutes)
Prabir De, Professor, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, India

3. Insights from an Inter-State Economic Corridor Development Program: The Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) in Malaysia (15 minutes)
Suresh Narayanan, Professor, School of Social Sciences Universiti Sains Malaysia

Q&A/Discussion (15 minutes)
18:10 – 18:20 Day 1 Wrap-Up, Iskandar Abdullaev, Deputy Director Two, CAREC Institute
DateProgram
Session IV
15:00 – 16:00Exploring Spin-Offs
Moderator: Abid Qayyum Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, Pakistan

1. Cross-border Transport along CAREC Corridors (20 minutes)
Ian Greenwood, Infrastructure Consultant, Greenwood Associates, Auckland, New Zealand

2. Tourism Potential along CAREC Economic Corridors (20 minutes)
Sanjay Saxena, Managing Director, Total Synergy Consulting Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, India

Q&A/Discussion (20 minutes)
Session V
16:00 – 16:45 Mapping out the Role of Think Tanks in Economic Corridors Development (15 minutes)
Moderator: Tamar Sulukhia Director, ISET Policy Institute, International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Economic Corridors and South-South & Triangular Cooperation (10 minutes)
Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator and Representative, UNOSSC Asia and the Pacific Office

CAREC Think Tanks Network Stocktaking and Roadmap (10 minutes)
Ziqian Liang, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute

Q&A/Discussion (20 minutes)
16:45 – 17:00 Wrapping up and Closing Remarks, Syed Shakeel Shah, Director, CAREC Institute

Trading for Shared Prosperity

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.

Agenda:

DateProgram
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

Discussion/Q&A
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

Discussion/Q&A
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

Discussion/Q&A
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

Discussion/Q&A
06:30 – 07:30 Banquet, Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, hosted by CI
DateProgram
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

Discussion/Q&A
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

Discussion/Q&A
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

Exploring Knowledge Solutions for Regional Cooperation and Integration

The CAREC Think Tank Development Forum  is a venue to discuss key policy issues facing CAREC member countries seeking sustainable solutions. This year’s theme is “Exploring Knowledge Solutions for Regional Cooperation and Integration”. The forum is organized by CAREC Institute and supported by ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative.

This year’s forum also marks the official establishment of CAREC Think Tanks Network (CTTN), with formal meetings to establish CTTN’s organizational structure and operating principles. The CTTN is a network of think tanks working in the CAREC region to facilitate sharing of experience and knowledge.

CAREC Institute is an intergovernmental research organization contributing to the CAREC Program through knowledge generation and capacity building. The 5th Ministerial Conference on CAREC, held in 2006, endorsed its establishment. The inaugural ceremony of the CAREC Institute took place on 7 September 2017.

Agenda:
TimeProgram
1430 – 1500 Registration
Session I: Opening of 2nd CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum
1500 – 1510 Welcome Remarks by Mr. Bayaraa Sanjaasuren, Director CAREC Institute
1510 – 1520 Opening Remarks by Mr. Sean O’ Sullivan, Director General, Central and West Asia Department, ADB
1520 – 1540 Group Photo
Session II: State of Economic Cooperation and Integration in the CAREC Region
1540 – 1710CAREC Regional Integration Index: Measuring Extent of Regional Cooperation

Moderator:
Ms. Niny Khor, Coordinator, ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative
Speaker:
Dr. Saeed Qadir, CAREC Institute
Discussant I:
Dr. Hyeon-seung Huh, Associate Dean, School of Economics, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
Discussant II:
Dr. Fahad Hassan Khan, Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

Q&A Session
1710 – 1730Coffee Break
1730 – 1900 Measuring Participations in Global Value Chain: PRC Case Study

Moderator:
Mr. Nobuya Haraguchi, Industrial Research Officer, UNIDO, Austria
Speaker:
Mr. Mahinthan Mariashingham, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB
Discussant I:
Dr. Fahad Hassan Khan, Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB
Discussant II:
Dr. Quanrun Chen, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing

Q&A Session
1930 – 2030Dinner
TimeProgram
0900 – 0930Registration
Session III: Exploring Avenues for Cooperation in Infrastructure and Trade in the Region
0930 – 1050Sustainable Infrastructure Development and Financing Options in CAREC Region

Speaker:
Mr. Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean ADB Institute (video presentation)
Discussant I:
Mr. Qiangwu Zhou, Director General, International Economics and Finance Institute, the PRC
Discussant II:
Mr. Shinichi Nakabayashi, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Japan

Q&A Session
1050 – 1140Xinjiang Autonomous Region: At the Crossroads of Regional Economic Cooperation

Moderator:
Mr. Qiangwu Zhou, Director General, International Economics and Finance Institute, the PRC

Heads of respective departments from Xinjiang will make speeches/presentations (ten minutes each)

Development and Reform Commission: Building Silk Road Economic Belt and Sharing the fruits of Development
Customs: The Belt and Road Initiative: Seizing the opportunity for building core of the Silk Road Economic Belt
The People’s Bank of China: Reflections on Promoting Monetary Cooperation with Central Asian Countries
Transport Department: Promoting regional cooperation in Central Asia through building transport infrastructure
Department of Commerce: Promoting regional economic development and achieving regional prosperity in Central Asia through trade
1140 – 1200Coffee Break
1200 – 1330Harmonizing Trade Policy in CAREC Region

Moderator:
Mr. Safdar Parvez, Director, Central and West Asia Department, ADB
Speaker:
Dr. Kaushalendara Arha, Former Diplomat, Speaking on behalf of S. Frederick Starr, Chairman of the Central Asia -Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program – American Foreign Policy Council.
Discussant I:
Dr. Safdar A. Sohail, Director General, National Institute of Management, Islamabad Pakistan Islamabad
Discussant II:
Dr. Eric Livny, President, ISET Policy Institute, Tbilisi Georgia

Q&A Session
1330 – 1430 Lunch
Session IV: Think Tanks – Institutional Development and Way Forward
1430 – 1500Establishing CAREC Think Tanks Network (CTTN)

Moderator:
Syed Shakeel Shah, Joint Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan
1500– 1620Global Best Practices in Think Tanks: Institutional Management and Financial Sustainability

Moderator:
Mr. Hui Weng Tat, Dean Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Speaker:
Mr. J. Berkshire Miller, Founding Director, Council on International Policy, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs Tokyo, Japan
Discussant I:
Mr. REN Haiping, Deputy Head of Strategic Research, China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE)
Discussant II:
Mr. Kashif Noon, CAREC Institute

Q&A Session
1620 – 1700Coffee Break
1700 – 1820Think Tanks Development: Key Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator:
Dr. Shamil Aleskerov, Former Secretary General, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)
Speaker:
Dr. Eric Livny, President, ISET Policy Institute, Tbilisi Georgia
Discussant I:
Dr. Abid Qaiyum Sulehrie, Executive Director, SDPI Pakistan
Discussant II:
Mr. Altaaf Hasham, AKDN, Kyrgyz Republic

Q&A Session
1820 – 1850Urumqi Declaration of 2nd CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum

Moderator:
Dr. Shamil Aleskerov, Former Secretary General, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)
1850 – 1900Closing Remarks by Mr. Bayaraa Sanjaasuren Director CAREC Institute
1930 – 2030 Dinner and Wrap-Up
Videos:

Central Asia Think Tanks Development Forum

Kazakhstan’s Vice Minister of National Economy, Timur Zhaxylykov, and ADB Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department’s Deputy Chief Economist Juzhong Zhuang opened the 2-day program in Astana, along with Nazarbayev University’s President Shigeo Katsu, and CAREC Institute’s  Director Kubat Umurzakov. Over 80 government officials and think tank representatives from 10 CAREC countries, ADB, CAREC Institute, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Nations Development Program, World Bank discussed ways to promote economic cooperation in Central Asia, and a proposal to establish a network of think tanks.

Agenda:
TimeProgram
0830 – 0900Registration
Session 1: Opening Ceremony
Moderator: Mr. Ziqian Liang, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute
0900 – 0920Welcome Remarks

  • Mr. Timur Zhaxylykov, Vice Minister of National Economy, Government of Republic of Kazakhstan

  • Mr. Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist and Deputy Director General, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

  • Mr. Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University

  • Mr. Kubat Umurzakov, Director, CAREC Institute

0920 – 0935Keynote Address
Problems and ways of improving the competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s economy in the context of the world economy’s post-industrial development
Mr. Arystan Yessentugelov, Professor, Honorary President, Economic Research Institute, Ministry of National Economy, Government of Kazakhstan
0935 – 0945Photo Session
0945 – 1010Press conference/Coffee break
1010 – 1115Session 2: Economic Outlook of Central Asia

Moderator: Mr. Ben Slay, Senior Advisor, Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP

Asian Development Outlook 2016: Asia’s Potential Growth
Mr. Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist and Deputy Director General, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

The PRC’s Economic Outlook
Mr. Qiangwu Zhou, Deputy Director General, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center, Beijing Office, Ministry of Finance, the PRC

Kazakhstan’s Macroeconomic Outlook 2016
Ms. Aktoty Aitzhanova, CEO, National Analytical Center of Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Commentator One:
Mr. Fariz Mammadov, Leading Research Fellow, Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms, Azerbaijan

Commentator Two:
Ms. Janna Fattakhova, Senior Research Coordinator, Center for Economic Research, Uzbekistan
1115 – 1135 Open Discussion
1135 – 1240Session 3: Infrastructure as driver of Cross-Border Connectivity

Moderator: Mr. Arjun Goswami, Technical Advisor, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

CAREC Program: Improving infrastructure connectivity to promote construction of economic corridors and economic cooperation and integration
Mr. Kenzhenhan Abuov, ADB Consultant

Meeting the Infrastructure Need for a Shared Prosperity: Key Challenges and Policy Implications at Country and Regional Levels
Mr. Guntur Sugiyarto, Senior Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

Needs and Benefits of Infrastructure Investments in CAREC Region: 2016-2030- An Overview
Mr. Yergali Dosmagambet, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute

Commentator One:
Mr. Azamat Dikambaev, Director, National Institute of Strategic Studies, Kyrgyz Republic

Commentator Two:
Dr. Safdar A. Sohail, Joint Director, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Government of Pakistan

1240 – 1300 Open Discussion
1300 – 1430 Lunch Break
1430 – 1530Session 4: Improving Competitiveness

Moderator: Mr. Frances Ato Brown, Country Manager for Republic of Kazakhstan, the World Bank

Kazakhstan Economy: Retrospective, Current situation, Anti-crisis policy
Ms. Aigul Kosherbayeva, Director for the Center of Regional Development And Competition Research, Economic Research Institute, Ministry of National Economy, Government of Kazakhstan

Financing for Infrastructure and The Way to Increase Rate of Return
Mr. Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, ADBI

Rural Infrastructure and Inclusive Growth
Mr. Guanghua Wan, Director of Research, ADBI

Commentator One:
Mr. Tamim Asey, Research Fellow/Economic Adviser, Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies

Commentator Two:
Mr. Berdimyrat Bashimov, Head, Institute of Strategic Planning and Economic Development, Ministry of Economy and Development, Government of Turkmenistan
1530 – 1550Open Discussion
1550 – 1600Coffee Break
1600 – 1650Session 5: Operational Plan and Collective Actions

Moderator: Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Finance, Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan

ADB’s Proposed RCI Operational Plan and Promoting Collective Action in CAREC
Mr. Arjun Goswami, Technical Advisor, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

Working together for development of Central Asia
Mr. Kubat Umurzakov, Director, CAREC Institute

Commentator One:
Ms. Chona R. Echavez, Director, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Afghanistan

Commentator Two:
Ms. Odonchimeg Ikhbayar, Deputy Director, Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center, Mongolia
1650 – 1710 Open Discussion
1710 – 1715Closing Remark
Mr. Kubat Umurzakov, Director, CAREC Institute
1715 – 1745Back to Hotel
1830 – 2030 Dinner by CAREC Institute and Government of Republic of Kazakhstan
TimeProgram
0900 – 0930Registration
0930 – 1020Session 6: Role of Think Tank Network

Moderator: Mr. Kashif Noon, Unit Head, CAREC Institute

Networking Asian Think Tanks for KS and CD: The Case of Asian Think Tanks Network (ATTN)
Mr. Dongxiang Li, Advisor, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB

The Proposal on the Establishment of Central Asia Think Tank Network
Mr. Ziqian Liang, Deputy Director, CAREC Institute

Commentator One:
Mr. Qiangwu Zhou, Deputy Director General, Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center, Beijing Office, Ministry of Finance, the PRC

Commentator Two:
Mr. Azamat Dikambaev, Director, National Institute of Strategic Studies, Kyrgyz Republic
1020 – 1040Open Discussion
1040 – 1100 Coffee Break
1100 – 1115Session 7: Closing Ceremony

Moderator: Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics, and Privatization, Pakistan

Speakers:

  • Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics, and Privatization, Pakistan

  • Ms. Aigul Kosherbayeva, Director for the Center of Regional Development And Competition Research, Economic Research Institute, Ministry of National Economy, Government of Kazakhstan

  • Kubat Umurzakov, Director, CAREC Institute

1300 – 1430Lunch Break
1430 – 1800Cultural Events

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