Silk Road Think Tank Association (SRTA) was established on April 8, 2015 by International Department of CPC Central Committee (IDCPC) jointly with Development Research Center of State Council (DRC), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), Peking University and Fudan University to promote the Belt and Road Initiative. China Center for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS) serves as SRTA Secretariat. Chen Zhou, Vice Minister of IDCPC serves as Chairman of SRTA Council and CCCWS Director Yue Yanghua the Secretary General. The Council has established International Advisory Board engaging former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zlatko Lagumdzija, former Prime Minister of Egypt Essam Sharaf, former Prime Minister of France Dominique de Villepin, former Prime Minister of Greece and President of Socialist International George Papandreou, former Speaker of the People’s Representative Council and Member of Presidential Advisory Council of Indonesia Agung Laksono, former Vice President of Iran Hassan Ghafourifard, former Prime Minister of Iraq Ayad Allawi, former Prime Minister of Italy Massimo D’Alema, former Prime Minister and former Head of State of Madagascar Ratsirahonana Norbert Lala, former Prime Minister of Mongolia Rinchinnyamyn Amarjargal, former President of Slovenia Danilo Turk, former Prime Minister of Tanzania Mizengo Pinda, former President of Thailand Parliament Bhokin Bhalakula.
SRTA currently includes 141 Chinese research institutions studying the Belt and Road Initiative and over 122 foreign think tanks from countries along the Belt and Road. In the purpose of carrying forward Silk Road Spirit and serving Belt and Road Initiative, SRTA makes strategic judgment, policy analysis, project assessment and plays roles of platform builder, publicity window, policy advisor and service provider concerning the Belt and Road Initiative, while facilitating government policy-making, economic and trade cooperation, people-to-people bonds and prosperity in countries along the Belt and Road.