ABOUT RIN

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ABOUT RIN

In February 2009, at the meeting in Bangkok, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and 16 research institutes from East Asia Summit Countries signed the memorandum of understanding and agreed to establish the Research Institutes Network (RIN) to support ERIA on research, capacity development, and dissemination of research outcomes. Bangkok Research Center (BRC), JETRO Bangkok/IDE-JETRO organized this meeting and continues to undertake a role as the secretariat of RIN, contributing to RIN’s activities such as the RIN annual meeting, RIN website, and workshops among 16 research institutes.

Message from Chairperson of RIN
Dr. Hank Lim

The Research Institutes Network (RIN) has an important role to support Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia’s (ERIA) research activity and programs through providing ERIA with country information and research findings from 16 East Asian Summit Countries.

Established in 2009, the Research Institutes Network (RIN) consists of research institutes from 16 East Asia Summit Countries. RIN has been a very important partner with ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia) to support ERIA’s research activity and programs through providing ERIA with country information and research findings from individual countries and giving advice to ERIA’s research theme and policy recommendations. Equally, RIN serves to encourage the dissemination of ERIA’s research outcomes to policy makers and to support ERIA’s capacity building programs. With the establishment of the RIN Website, it is expected that the level of cooperation and partnership with ERIA would be enhanced more efficiently, timely and widely.

The objective of the RIN Website is to provide a central informational digital base for all RIN member institutes, and to complement to each RIN member institute’s individual website on administrative and research matters, such as RIN events, meetings, workshops and new publications by RIN researchers on a voluntary basis. In addition, the RIN Website could serve as RIN Researchers Directory with their homepages’ links.

The extent of success of this RIN Website is much dependent on each RIN member institute’s collaboration and commitment. Therefore, I look forward to your support and responsibility as the important stakeholders of the Research Institutes Network.

Lastly, I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) and Bangkok Research Center (BRC) as the RIN secretariat for the establishment and management of the RIN Website.

I would also like to appreciate to the 16 RIN member institutes for their full support to establish the RIN website.

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Message from President of ERIA
Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimura

For the further development of the region, I strongly hope that RIN will become a centre of excellence for research institutions in the region, providing timely economic analysis and making valuable contributions to economic integration and economic development.

I very much welcome the launch of the website of the Research Institute Network (RIN). Established in 2009, RIN is an association of leading research institutions from 16 member countries of the East Asia Summit (as of 2009). The cooperation between RIN and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) has made it possible for ERIA's research projects to use local data and case studies from member countries, and to conduct comparative analysis across member countries.

With the creation of the RIN website, I strongly hope that RIN will become a centre of excellence for research institutions in the region, providing timely economic analysis and making valuable contributions to economic integration and economic development in the region. I am confident that the launch of this website will be the first step in RIN’s transformation from just a network into a proper regional organisation and to be highly regarded throughout the world.

I would like to express my gratitude again for RIN’s invaluable support as an indispensable partner in ERIA's research and policy recommendation activities since its inception. ERIA will continue to deepen its cooperative relationship with RIN and its member research institutions for the further development of the region.

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Hank Lim, Chairperson of RIN, and to the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE–JETRO) and the Bangkok Research Center (BRC) for their efforts in developing RIN from the beginning and for serving as the RIN secretariat. I would also like to thank the 16 RIN member institutions for their fruitful cooperation in launching the RIN website.

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Message from RIN Secretariat
Mr. Atsusuke Kawada
(President of Bangkok Research Center, JETRO Bangkok, IDE-JETRO)

I was impressed that many of the RIN member institutes and ERIA research projects are dealing with today's hot issues aimed at realizing a sustainable society. I think RIN is a treasure trove of researchers.

The Research Institutes Network (RIN) is a regional network of 16 research institutes from East Asia Summit Countries supporting Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) on research, capacity building, and dissemination of research outcomes.

I was appointed as the president of Bangkok Research Center (BRC), JETRO Bangkok-IDE, and RIN Secretariat at the end of October 2021. In November of that year, I’ve attended the RIN online workshop and the RIN annual online meeting, as the secretariat. I was impressed that many of the RIN member institutes and ERIA research projects are dealing with today's hot issues aimed at realizing a sustainable society. And I think RIN is a treasure trove of researchers.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Hank Lim, the chairperson of RIN, Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimura, the president of ERIA, and the RIN member institutes in implementing RIN-related activities.

Currently, the RIN's main activities are (1) the workshops (5 to 6 times a year) for promoting research exchanges and sharing the latest knowledge and views on ASEAN and East Asian economies, (2) the RIN annual meeting which is for exchanging insights and opinions on various economic issues facing in this region among RIN member institutes and ERIA. And the third one is (3) the RIN website aimed to share information among RIN member institutes and disseminate them to the researchers. The RIN website posts the report of RIN activities, the workshop proceedings, and various information from RIN members institutes, such as upcoming events, reports of recent events and projects, call for papers, recent publishing, and researchers directory.

Although there are restrictions on face-to-face events in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the RIN secretariat will do the best by making good use of online while hoping for the earliest possible elimination of the pandemic of the COVID-19. The RIN secretariat would also like not only to deepen the network of member institutes, but also strive to further deepen the intellectual exchanges and friendly relationships among researchers of RIN member institutes.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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