CPEC has created 192,000 jobs for Pakistan: Envoy
Islamabad-China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has created employment opportunities for 192,000 people, 6,000 MW of power supply, 510 km of highway and 886 km of transmission line, which has laid a solid foundation for Pakistan’s socio-economic development, Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong said.
According to Gwadar Pro, it was during the award ceremony of the CPEC Projects 2022 Outstanding Pakistani Workers held at the Chinese Embassy. Ambassador Nong Rong said that under the umbrella of CPEC, a series of good news is coming from different sectors.
The China-run Gwadar Port East Bay Expressway has been operational since June, which has boosted the port’s connectivity and is currently transporting 200,000 tonnes of fertiliser. Carrot Hydropower also began commercial operations in June, providing cheap and clean electricity and reducing carbon emissions by 3.5 million metric tons per year. The Tel and Nova power plants in Batr have also started coal mining in the area. Shanghai Electric Tahar coal-fired power plant is connected to the national grid. Six model farms under the Pakistan-China Red Chilli Contract Farming Project are in production in Punjab and Sindh provinces, with an estimated production of 700 tonnes of dried chillies. This is an indication of the great agricultural cooperation between the two countries.
By 2021, Pakistan’s agricultural output will increase 13 times. It is expected to surpass the record high of $1 billion this year. The ambassador said that CPEC would not be possible without the joint efforts of workers from China and Pakistan. According to him, CPEC, a pilot project of BRI and China-Pakistan cooperation in the new era, will provide a broad platform for people to always show their talents and realize their personal values. It is hoped that Chinese and Pakistani workers will appreciate the opportunity, contribute to the construction of CPEC through practical activities, and continue to strengthen the iron friendship between China and Pakistan.
10th Anniversary of CPEC, Critical for Pakistan’s Economy: Speakers
Speakers at the webinar opined that Pakistan needs to rethink its geopolitical strategic and economic framework in the context of the changing global landscape, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Pakistan will celebrate ten years of CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) in 2023 which is crucial for its economic security.
As per Gwadar Pro on Sunday, the webinar was organized by Development Communication Network (Devcom-Pakistan) on Saturday, New Year’s Eve. The theme of the webinar was “Pakistan’s Geopolitical Position in 2023”.
Munir Ahmed, Managing Director, Devcom Pakistan, said China has formed a partnership using its huge resources.
As an important pilot project of the joint construction of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, CPEC has achieved fruitful and impressive results. It has brought 25.4 billion dollars in investment to Pakistan and created a total of 190,000 jobs.
“By 2023, we must fully play the role of CPEC as a vital engine of Pakistan’s economic development.” Speaking on the occasion, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Defense Products, said that Pakistan should continue its role as a hub for regional integration by strengthening its relations with its major partners such as China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
“Above all, Pakistan needs a ‘political ceasefire’ at home so that people can get a break from this endless polarization on key issues like economy, extremism, education and continue the quest for power,” he added. Former Speaker Balochistan Assembly Rahila Durrani, Dr. Najam Abbas, Senior Research Fellow at Far-East Institute (London) and Development Expert Tahir Shamshad were present.