Nepal-India think tank summit to be held on July 31Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDA) and Nehru Memorial Museum Library (NMML) is going to jointly host Nepal–India Think Tank Summit 2018 for the first time in Kathmandu on coming Tuesday.
Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDA) and Nehru Memorial Museum Library (NMML) is going to jointly host Nepal–India Think Tank Summit 2018 for the first time in Kathmandu on coming Tuesday.
Former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal will inaugurate the summit where India’s ruling BJP Secretary General of India Ram Madhav will deliver a key note speech in the function, according to the organisers.
“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,” Sunil KC, CEO of AIDA said.
The Summit will be an annual feature for the participating organisations and will be hosted alternatively each year in Nepal and India respectively, said KC, adding, important issues encountering Nepal–India ties and emerging issues of regional and international will be the specific themes of the summit each year.
Nepal Council of World Affairs (NCWA), Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), Nepal Economic Forum (NEF), Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Observer Research Foundations (ORF), Institute for Défense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies(NISS), Centre for International Security, Gateway House, Brookings India and Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) will take part in the summit.
“We have tried to keep the panel vigorous by inviting a lot of different think tanks with different background so as to build a ground for healthy and holistic discussion,” said KC.
The aim of NITTS is to support the networks and promote mutual understanding between the countries 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, KC said.