Experts call for proper homework in order to benefit from CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Senior professionals of the engineering community at an interactive-technical session held here on Saturday called for doing proper home-work to take benefit of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

It is imperative to properly conceive, plan and negotiate the CPEC to ensure its trickle-down impact on the life of a common man, said Zamir Ahmed Awan, who worked as a diplomat in the Pakistani embassy in Beijing and had a long working experience with Chinese officials and enterprises.

The event was arranged by Pakistan Institution of Engineers, Rawalpindi-Islamabad Center (IEP-RIC) to sensitise the young engineers about various aspects of the on-going Sino-Pak socio-economic partnership.

Zamir who has recently set up a Chinese Studies Centre of Excellence here at the National University of Science and Technology gave a detailed presentation on opportunities, challenges and the way-forward in special reference to CPEC.

The session was part of the series of events, being arranged by the IEP-RIC on regular basis for the professional development of the young engineers, enabling them to play their productive role in the country’s socio-economic development.

The session was presided over by the Chairman IEP-RIC Hafiz M. Ehsanul Haq Qazi. Those who participated in the talks included the Center’s Vice President Dr Atta Ullah Shah, Secretary Shafiqur Rehman and Event Coordinator Najamuddin.

They emphasised that the all the work relating to CPEC should be made transparent, and the main stakeholders should be involved in its implementation.

It was noted that the leadership of the two countries attached high importance to their economic partnership and wished that CPEC should be made successful.

To China, the resource person Zamir said that CPEC is a role-model for its Belt and Road Initiative. CPEC, he said is a huge opportunity for economic prosperity, and it is now up to the Pakistani side to benefit from it by understanding its various dynamics with due sincerity and commitment.

Zamir further said China’s influence in the region will have a very positive impact on achieving the targets of peace and stability. About the background of CPEC, he said the idea of this connectivity plan was conceived years before by China to have access to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan.

About the China’s rapid growth, he said it was due to visionary and sincere leadership of China and added that China is a hard-working and disciplined nation that has brought miracles in its development process. Today, the country has emerged as the World’s second largest economy and is moving fast to play a leadership role in all sectors of the world economy.

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