A 3-day Workshop on ‘Harnessing the Opportunities and Addressing the Challenges of China Pakistan Economic Corridor’ (CPEC) commenced at National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) on 10th April, 2018. Chinese Charge d’ Affaires Mr Zhao Li Jian was chief guest at the inaugural ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Zhao highlighted the significance of CPEC for Pakistan as well as other countries of the region. He appreciated the resolve of the Pakistani Government and its people to make this project a success declaring it as a testimony to the time-tested friendship between the two countries. He enlightened the participants on Chinese Belt & Road Initiative that aims to have innovation led development across all the countries along Belt & Road. Mr. Zhao also mentioned about various early harvest projects being completed under CPEC and reaffirmed his government’s commitment toward complete success of this project. Also present on the occasion was Rector NUST, Lt. Gen. Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retd.), who appreciated active participation of the Chinese as well as Pakistani delegates in the workshop.
Chinese Charge d’ Affaires Mr Zhao Li Jian highlighting the significance of CPEC to the participants of the Workshop
The Workshop is NUST’s initiative to bring about a synergy of thoughts of different stakeholders i.e. academia, experts, officials and private sector in order to prepare the ground for the effective implementation of CPEC, with particular reference to the launching of the 9 Special Economic Zones envisaged as part of CPEC. Split into 4 themes, the workshop will have a total of 22 sessions by leading experts from the Chinese and Pakistani sides, Government as well as private sector stakeholders.
The 3-day workshop is being attended by a large number of participants from Chinese companies in Pakistan, Pakistan businessmen from different Chambers, Government officials of various Ministries, academicians and researchers. Concluding session of the workshop is to be addressed by Mr Sartaj Aziz, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission on Thursday, 12th April, 2018.
Chinese Charge d’ Affaires Mr Zhao Li Jian (front centre) along with partcipants of Workshop at NUST, Islamabad
Chinese Charge d’ Affaires Mr Zhao Li Jian accpeting souvenir from Rector NUST, Lt. Gen. Naweed Zaman, HI (M), (Retd.)
Pro Rector RIC NUST, Rear Admiral Dr. Nassar Ikram, HI (M), addressing the participants of the workshop