Declaration of Silk Road Think Tank Network (SiLKS)

In the Launching Ceremony

Madrid, Oct. 28th, 2015 

Today, representatives from prestigious international institutions have gathered in Madrid, to witness the inauguration of the Silk Road Think Tank Network SiLKS. At this exciting time we are pleased to announce the official start of the Silk Road Think Tank Network.

For more than two millennia, the land and maritime Silk Road has linked the major civilizations of Asia, Europe, and Africa whilst fostering trade in goods, and cultural exchange. It has long been held as a major symbol of communication and cooperation between the East and the West.

Today, carrying on the Silk Road Spirit of “peaceful cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning, and mutual benefits,” SiLKS is jointly inaugurated by 43 members and partners, including think tanks from 27 countries, and related international organizations. It is a global effort to promote economic cooperation, cultural inclusiveness, peace and development throughout the world. Together hand in hand with major global organizations, SiLKS can develop and prosper.

SiLKS intends to be an open and inclusive network with prestigious think tanks from all nations invited to be members. International organizations, government agencies, companies, and non-governmental bodies are also encouraged to join as partners.  

In the spirit of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, SiLKS will take full advantage of all the members and partners expertise. Sharing best practice, up to date research and policy ideas will all be encouraged in order to stimulate discussions. It is hoped that international consultation, the exchanging of ideas and the sharing of research results will all serve to bring about better economic and social development for all nations.

We, 43 founding members and partners, strongly believes that, through communication and coordination, SiLKS will function as an intellectual resource for everybody around the world and will benefit governments globally. Each country will enhance its understanding of other nations, as well as tapping into the potential of international cooperation.

Our ambition is to build on all-round high-level cooperation in which all nations can participate. SiLKS hopes to achieve its aims of promoting global prosperity, stability, peace and development.