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The 33rd Network of East Asia Think Tanks Country Coordinators Meeting (NEAT CCM)
April 20, 2021 | Cisco WebEx 
The Philippine Institute for Development Studies, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs- Office of ASEAN Affairs, University of the Philippines- Asian Center, Foreign Service Institute, and selected Philippine experts on regional integration, will be hosting the 33rd NEAT Country Coordinators' Meeting on April 20, 2021, 12:30-16:00 H (GMT/UTC +8H) via Cisco WebEx.
Five (5) country coordinators expressed their intent to submit and present working group proposals which aim to contribute to the development of the region. NEAT Philippines, as the host, wishes to strengthen the research collaboration among the APT think-tanks to produce studies which will aid the region in recovering from the effects the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of the working group will be presented to the public on September 2021 and will be submitted to the APT track-one mechanism.
This is the second year that NEAT CMM would be conducted virtually. For more information on NEAT, please click here

Network of East Asian Think-Tanks

The Network of East Asian Think-tanks

Officially recognized at the “10+3" summit meeting, Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT) is a mechanism for research and academic exchange, and a platform for the second-track diplomacy in the regional cooperation among “10+3" countries in East Asia. It aims at integrating the research resources in East Asia, promoting the academic exchanges and providing intellectual support for East Asian cooperation. To be more specific, by establishing a network among East Asian think-tanks, governments and enterprises and promoting the interaction of these three circles, it intends to study the key issues related to East Asian cooperation, work out strategic ideas and concrete policy suggestions for the regional integration and submit research reports to the “10+3" summit meeting.
In 2002, East Asian Studies Group (EASG), the second-track in the mechanism of East Asian cooperation, suggested 17 short-term measures to be taken for closer cooperation among East Asian nations, among which was establishing “Network of East Asian Think-tanks" (NEAT) within the framework of “10+3" regional cooperation. The suggestion was adopted at the informal meeting of “10+3"leaders held in Phnom PenhCambodia in September 2002.
The activities of NEAT fall into the following categories: 1) Hold annual conferences of NEAT members to promote exchanges among East Asian think tanks and submit an annual work report to the informal meeting of “10+3" leaders on the basis of the research of the key issues in East Asian integration process; 2) Set up a website of NEAT, bridging the governments with the academic circles, promoting the academic exchanges among scholars about East Asia, and educating the masses in the region; 3) Hold irregular international seminars on East Asian cooperation so as to facilitate the theoretic research on the integration and community building of East Asia and help to shape the theoretic framework, strategies and specific policies conducive to the regional cooperation in East Asia. 4) Cooperate in the research of the key issues in regional cooperation and figure out the solutions.
The founding as well as the first annual conference of NEAT was held in Beijing from September 29 to 30, 2003. There were delegates from the think tanks of all the member states at the conference. The three topics discussed were “Towards East Asian Cooperation", Important Steps Leading to East Asian Cooperation" and “Key Areas in East Asia Cooperation". The conference report was not only published, but also distributed at the “10+3" leaders meeting in 2003.