Today think tanks of the region are cognitively detached from the cutting-edge policy thinking. The isolation of the region from the global community is reflected in small number of international publications, underrepresentation of the think tanks in global rankings, etc. There is a strong need to integrate regional and Kazakhstan's think tank research community by building global pipelines and establishing local clusters of research excellence. The Regional Asian Think Tank Summit serves as an opportunity for researchers to network and establish productive working relationship.
To promote the excellence in economic policymaking the Economic Research Institute in partnership with Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania will commemorate the Top 3 International Economic in 2015-16 and the Top 3 Domestic Economic Think Tanks in 2015-16 at award ceremony organized within the framework of the event.
In the second part of the session the prominent researchers will discuss the role/solutions that think tanks can offer to the world leaders facing today’s new economic and geopolitical reality. The emerging market economies are hit by low commodity prices, currency exchange rate fluctuations, economic slowdown and geopolitical turbulence. The researchers will share their insights and ideas on the possible solutions to the emerging countries developmental challenges in the era of uncertainty and volatility. More specifically, the session will cover:
• What strategies decision makers of the region can use to overcome the challenge of low commodity prices and weak growth in trading partners?
• What is the appropriate policy response for the regional decision makers to navigate in the geopolitical standoff between the West and Russia?
• Lessons learned and success stories from advising the decision makers over the past decade. Can we develop common solutions for the regional problems?
Key speakers for the session include a range of international and regional think tanks researchers who offer solutions to the economic and geopolitical challenges facing the emerging economies.