The Silk Road Think Tank Network (SiLKS) Annual Meeting 2017, held on 16 May, has released a declaration on joint action to support the Belt and Road Initiative, pledging to advise and assist government efforts to advance the plan. More than 170 delegates from 43 think tanks, 20 international and national enterprises, and 12 international organizations, from nearly 30 countries and regions, attended the meeting. The first SiLKS Steering Committee was established, and the esilks website (e-platform of SiLKS) was launched in the meeting.
At the annual conference, members and partners of SiLKS agreed to increase information exchanges to offer constructive advice for policy design and mechanism building for the initiative. They also vowed to play their role in facilitating strategy coordination and people-to-people connectivity.
SiLKS was jointly launched by the Development Research Center of the State Council of China and several international think tanks. The network currently counts 54 members and partners.