International Conference on CPEC Highlights Transformative Potential for Regional Development and Global Cooperation

International Conference on CPEC Highlights Transformative Potential for Regional Development and Global Cooperation

By  Abu Khaldoon 

Islamabad, July 10, 2024: The International Conference on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), themed "CPEC: Enhancing Community with a Shared Future for Mankind," convened in Islamabad, gathering distinguished guests, experts, and policymakers to discuss the immense potential and strategic importance of CPEC. The event was jointly organized by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Communication University, Beijing, and the Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future.

Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Faisal Karim Kundi, the chief guest, hailed CPEC as a game-changer poised to revolutionize the industrial sector and generate new growth opportunities. He acknowledged President Asif Ali Zardari's crucial role in CPEC's inception and highlighted the project's potential to uplift millions through technological collaboration with China. Governor Kundi reaffirmed the enduring friendship between China and Pakistan and expressed optimism about CPEC's positive impact on the regional economy.


Ambassador Jiang Zaidong emphasized China's commitment to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind. He detailed China's efforts in promoting high-quality Belt and Road cooperation and CPEC's significant achievements, including $25.4 billion in direct investment and the creation of 236,000 jobs in Pakistan. Ambassador Jiang reiterated China's readiness to collaborate with Pakistan to further enhance CPEC's scope and impact, contributing to regional and global prosperity.

Secretary Planning Awaus Manzur Sumra reviewed the achievements of CPEC Phase I and outlined the ambitious scope of Phase II, which includes proposals for five new corridors focusing on growth, livelihood enhancement, innovation, green development, and regional connectivity. He stressed the importance of agricultural modernization, science and technology cooperation, and job creation in driving Pakistan's socio-economic development. Mr. Sumra highlighted ongoing projects like the development of Gwadar Port and Free Trade Zone, which are pivotal for regional trade and economic integration.

Muhammad Asim Khan, Head of Development Communication, Ministry of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, emphasized CPEC's strategic significance and its transformative impact on Pakistan's infrastructure and energy sectors. He outlined the conference's objectives, including fostering cooperation on industrial relocation, transport infrastructure, and environmental sustainability. Mr. Khan emphasized the socio-economic benefits of CPEC Phase II, which focuses on human development, agricultural cooperation, and regional integration. He expressed gratitude to all participants and stressed the importance of collaborative efforts in realizing CPEC's potential.

Senator Sarmad Ali, addressing the role of media in enhancing regional connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), emphasized the media's pivotal role in shaping perceptions, fostering understanding, and bridging cultures. He called for media cooperation among BRI partner countries to promote truth and enhance people-to-people connectivity. Senator Ali highlighted China's peaceful diplomacy and its vision of a shared future for mankind. He underscored the media's role in advancing the goals of the Belt and Road Initiative and the need for media cooperation to counter negative narratives and misinformation, fostering mutual respect and understanding.

International Conference on CPEC Highlights Transformative Potential for Regional Development and Global Cooperation

Khalid Taimur Akram, Executive Director of the Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future (PRCCSF), inaugurated the conference by emphasizing CPEC's transformative role in fostering regional connectivity and promoting a shared future for humanity. He highlighted PRCCSF's efforts in enhancing cultural exchange, research cooperation, and regional initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Mr. Akram called for closer coordination between Pakistan, China, and international institutions to advance mutual interests and build a global community of shared futures.

The conference featured three key sessions: "Strategic Significance and Infrastructure Development of CPEC," discussing the historical context, strategic goals, and achievements of Phase I; "Cooperation Under the Framework of CPEC," addressing topics such as industrial relocation, transport infrastructure projects, and environmental challenges; and "Socio-Economic Development and Regional Connectivity Under CPEC Phase II," exploring new corridor proposals, agricultural cooperation, cultural exchange, and regional integration.

Participants gained a comprehensive understanding of CPEC's strategic importance, engaged in networking opportunities, and contributed to policy recommendations for the successful implementation of CPEC projects. The conference fostered dialogue on innovative solutions to address challenges and leverage opportunities presented by CPEC.

The International Conference on CPEC underscored the project's pivotal role in promoting regional development and global cooperation. Participants reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing a community with a shared future for mankind and expressed optimism about the continued success and expansion of CPEC.

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