The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) was established in Tokyo in 1997, the year the Asian financial crisis started. As a think tank of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), ADBI has focused its research on medium- to long-term development challenges facing Asian developing economies. ADB and ADBI supported various regional initiatives to promote regional financial integration and make Asia resilient against financial shocks. To be specific, ADBI helps Asian policy makers cope with volatile international capital flows. It also conducts research on financial inclusion and microfinance, and contributes to the revival of the Silk Road. For instance, ADBI published Connecting Central Asia with Economic Centers in 2014. The study systematically analyzes economic relationships between the Central Asian republics and global economic centers in Asia, the European Union, the Russian Federation, and the US. What is more, ADBI has established the Asia Think Tank Secretariat to provide opportunities for networking at the highest level of think tank management, and a venue for open and frank discussions on topics and challenges faced by think tanks today.
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