The GTI Research Institutions Network is a long-term effective academic cooperation mechanism to prioritize development projects and research activities and thus to facilitate economic cooperation with a view to bringing common prosperity and development opportunities in the region. This will serve as GTI’s brain trust which is composed of four leading National Research Institutions of GTI member countries, namely, China Association of International Trade (CAIT); Russian Foreign Trade Academy (RFTA); National Development Institute of Mongolia (MDI); and Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP).
Following several preliminary discussions, member countries of GTI endorsed the establishment of the GTI Research Institutions Network to promote economic cooperation and integration in Northeast Asia and also adopted the Concept Note as the basis for future discussion among the above-mentioned representative research institutions designated by each member country at the 15th CC Meeting in September 2014 in Yanji, China. The Official Inauguration Meeting of the Network will be scheduled for the 16th CC Meeting.
The proposed objectives of the Network based on the principle of equality, mutual benefits, and mutual respect could include the following:
- The establishment of an inter-research institution network closely associated with GTI Secretariat and member countries to serve as GTI’s Brain Trust in providing policy suggestions and consulting advice to GTI in order to enhance cooperation in NEA.
- To conduct in-depth research on NEA and the Greater Tumen Region economies, providing concrete recommendations on long-term direction and strategies to the GTI and development projects relevant to GTI, thus strengthening the institutional capacity of GTI
- To deepen cooperation and dialogue among policy research institutions, and facilitate research activities on economic cooperation and integration in NEA