1st ADB-Asian Think Tank Forum

“Innovation and Inclusion for a Prosperous Asia” was the theme of the 1st ADB–Asian Think Tank Development Forum held on 30–31 October 2013 at the Tangla Hotel in Beijing. The forum was organized by ADB in partnership with the Beijing office of the Asia–Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC), a think tank of the PRC Ministry of Finance. The forum gathered 130 participants, comprising mostly of representatives of 47 think tanks from 26 countries in Asia and the Pacific. The discussions covered latest global and regional policy developments and country-specific experiences and policy issues on innovation and inclusion. The forum was organized into four sessions. The opening session was followed by a presentation and discussion on Asia’s Challenges and Opportunities in Scaling Up Innovation, followed by a session on Inclusive Growth in Asia: Retrospect and Prospects. Both these sessions included regional overviews and country perspectives. The fourth session was on Asian Think Tank Networking. Capping the forum was a visit to Beijing’s Forbidden City, giving the participants an opportunity for informal networking.