Under-Secretary-General opens symposium on think-tank development

30 Jun 2013

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United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal attended the “Think Tank Building the Foundation of China Dream Symposium,” sponsored by UNDP, the China Regional Development and Reform Institute and the Expert Committee on Distinguished Experts of All-China Federation of Returned Overseas.

Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal joined Mr. Cheng Siwei, Vice Chairman of 9th and 10th NPC and Mr. Gao Shangquan, Honorary President of China Society of Economic System Reform to open the symposium. He extended his warm congratulations and welcome on behalf of the United Nations. He suggested that the development of a Chinese think tank industry would contribute to the realisation of the Chinese Dream and assist the United Nations in fulfilling its mandate in China. He also noted that Chinese think tanks could play a significant role in decision making on key issues in China.

The one-day symposium convened over 150 national and international experts to share and discuss the development results and experiences of Chinese think tanks. These included Dr. Kerry Brown, Executive Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; Mr. Li Cheng, Director of the Chinese Study Centre from the Brookings Institute; and Mr. Zheng Yongnian, Head of the East Asia Research Institute of Singapore. There are at present more than 2,000 public and private think tanks in China. All the participants agreed that Chinese think tanks should put greater efforts into the development of think-tank professionals and improving the overall quality of think tank expert groups. It was also agreed that think tanks should be developed to become more market-oriented, professionalised and internationalised.