The Philippine Institute for Development Studies, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of ASEAN Affairs, University of the Philippines-Asian Center, Foreign Service Institute, and selected Philippine experts on regional integration, hosted the 33rd Country Coordinators Meeting of the Network of East Asian Think-Tanks (NEAT) on April 20, 2021.
The meeting seeks to strengthen the research collaboration among the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) think tanks to produce studies which will help the region recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The working group’s research outputs will be presented to the public on September 2021 and will be submitted to the APT track-one mechanism.
NEAT is a network of government and research institutions in the 10 ASEAN countries plus Japan, South Korea and China. It is the second time that PIDS hosted and chaired the NEAT meeting–the first one was in 2010. The event was attended by 40 participants from 12 countries.