Islamabad:The Islamabad office of Pakistan China Institute has announced a new Joint Pakistan-China Think Tank dedicated to research and development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
According to a statement, the newly-formed think tank ‘Research and Development International (RANDI)' will have two co-chairpersons -- Madame Zhao Baige, vice chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress, and Senator Mushahid Hussain.
Mushahid said that RANDI will be emphasising in providing an ‘Information Corridor' to promote perspectives, data and information for policy-makers, students, specialists, scholars and companies of the two nation.
The Pakistan Secretariat of the new joint think tank, RANDI, would be located at the Pakistan-China Institute in Islamabad, while its China secretariat would be co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the China Institute of Reform & Development (CIRD), two top Chinese think tanks.
A work plan for 2015 was also approved at the conference, which was attended by former Finance Minister Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Pakistan Red Crescent Society Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi, with representatives of the Board of Investment energy, economic experts and Gawadar Development Authority.
“The new think tank is the first joint initiative of China and Pakistan which will be dedicated to research on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” said Senator Mushahid.
The Information Corridor was organised by Chinese University Tsinghua University and will be headed by Professor Li Xi guang, who is the director of the Centre of Pakistan Studies. The Pakistan secretariat of the new joint think tank, RANDI, would be located at the Pakistan-China Institute in Islamabad.