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WIUT`s Center for Policy Research and Outreach (CPRO) at the 4th CAREC Think Tanks Forum: Trading for Shared Prosperity

27 Aug - 28 Aug 2019; Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, PRC

With the topic of “Trading for Shared Prosperity,” the CAREC Think Tanks Development Forum convened over 100 participants from think tanks, academia, private sector, and governments on 27-28 August 2019 in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to deliberate on trade expansion from increased market access, greater diversification, and stronger institutions for trade under the CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda 2030 in the context of heightened US-PRC trade tensions and expansion of disruptive technologies.

This forum provided an opportunity to the host city of Xi’an and the Government of Shaanxi province to present trade opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with special reference to the ancient Silk Road. The forum also took stock of standardization issues in transport and logistics in BRI countries.

Peter Malvicini, Director of the Center for Policy Research and Outreach (CPRO) and Rosa Alieva, module leader for Tourism subject area at WIUT participated in the Forum. In the Forum, Rosa Alieva presented her paper Analysis of Cooperation in the Tourism Sector between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan; a Study of Cross-border Value Chains in a plenary session.

The Forum is organized annually, since 2016, under the auspices of the CAREC Think Tanks Network. From a modest beginning, it has grown in size and appeal. The Forum has become an attractive destination for think tanks, and academia from the CAREC region and beyond to exchange views and knowledge on evolving regional and global policy challenges.

This year, the Uzbek delegation of government agencies and research centers had a strong presence at the event and made a bid to hold next year`s Forum in Uzbekistan. Important networking during the meeting ensured researchers could work collaboratively across Silk Road countries. Silk Road Connectivity is one of CPRO`s Multisector Research Groups. Each Multisector Research Group is led by a full-time Senior Research Fellow producing research and engaging others around the theme.

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