Call for doing proper homework to benefit from CPEC

Engr Awan says measures vital for ensuring CPEC’s positive impact on common man


APP March 19, 2018
Engr Awan says measures vital for ensuring CPEC’s positive impact on common man. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Senior professionals of the engineering community at an interactive technical session have called for doing proper homework in order to benefit from the 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 Engineer Zamir Ahmed Awan, who worked as a diplomat in Pakistani embassy in Beijing and had a long working experience with Chinese officials and enterprises.

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

Engr Awan, who has recently set up a Chinese Studies Center of Excellence at the National University of Science and Technology, gave a detailed presentation on opportunities, challenges and 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 professional development of young engineers, enabling them to play their productive role in the country's socioeconomic development.

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The session was presided over by the IEP-RIC Chairman Engr Hafiz M Ehsanul Haq Qazi.

Those who participated in the talks included center's Vice President Engr Dr Atta Ullah Shah, Secretary Engr Shafiqur Rehman and event coordinator Engr Najamuddin.

They emphasised that 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 the CPEC – which is a huge regional connectivity plan – would be successful.

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Engr Awan said, “CPEC is a role model for China’s rest of the corridor projects in the region as well as the Belt and Road Initiative.”

He said the CPEC was a huge opportunity for economic prosperity, and it was now up to the Pakistani side to benefit from it by understanding its various dynamics with due sincerity and commitment.

He said, “CPEC has given confidence to Pakistan to overcome its various socioeconomic issues.”

Engr Awan 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 to have China's access to Arabian Sea through Pakistan.

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About China's rapid growth, he said it was due to visionary and sincere leadership of China.

China is a hard-working and disciplined nation that brought miracles in their development process. Today, the country has emerged as world's second largest economy and it is moving fast to play leadership role in all sectors of economy world over.

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