Policymakers, government representatives, diplomatic missions, academicians and businessmen from India and Nepal will come together at the Nepal-India Think Tank Summit 2018 to be held next Tuesday.
Former Prime Minister and Co-chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) Prachanda will inaugurate the summit jointly hosted by Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDA) and Nehru Memorial Museum Library, while Bharatiya Janata Party’s Secretary General Ram Madhav will deliver keynote speech.
AIDA CEO Sunil KC said that Nepal will for the first time address the need for greater collaboration and knowledge-sharing among Nepali and Indian think tanks, as well as the particular problem of bridging the gap between think tanks and policymakers in the region.
The summit is proposed to become an annual feature for the participating organisations and will be hosted alternatively each year in Nepal and India, reports said.
Nepal Council of World Affairs, Confederation of Nepalese Industries, Nepal Economic Forum, Institute for Integrated Development Studies, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, Observer Research Foundations, Institute for Défense Studies and Analyses, Vivekananda International Foundation, Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies, Centre for International Security, Gateway House, Brookings India, and Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies are participating.
The Summit is aimed to promote mutual understanding through institutional collaboration on resources sharing for joint events/publications among think tanks of the two countries, to facilitate cooperation and knowledge-sharing among think tanks, and to reflect on the work of think tanks and the challenges they are facing.