CPEC to bring peace, prosperity in Pakistan: Experts

Thursday 20 April 2017 1 month ago 70   Jamshoro   Print

Dr. Burfat presenting certificate to experts

Report  Ali Murad Chandio : JAMSHORO: Speakers on Thursday have said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) serves identical interests for Pakistan and China as both the countries desire to develop their poverty ridden and comparatively under developed provinces Baluchistan and Xinjiang through this project. They said the construction of corridor will bring peace, affluence and prosperity by securing economic ties on the basis of economic interests. They were addressing at the concluding session of the 3-day international conference on “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Political, Economic and Social Perspectives” organized by the University of Sindh Jamshoro. The 3-day conference was declared closed by the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat. Addressing the concluding ceremony SU vice chancellor termed the conference as successful and said that he was glad to know from the conclusion report that the moot had achieved its desired objectives as endorsed by the research and policy inputs of various presenting scholars and the ensuing interaction on their presentations. He said that his university was focusing on CPEC and producing the skilled graduates in order to accommodate them on various projects of the corridor. He said that the culture and environment were man-made which could be changed into a better atmosphere that might benefit the youths. “If the academic atmosphere in the varsities is made better, it will definitely bring a positive change in the attitude of students and will take them towards academic and research activities”, he said. Dr. Burfat said that the universities were being identified always with the conduct of seminars, conferences and symposiums adding that it was the only reason to hold such an informative 3-day conference on the campus. He said that the federal minister Ahsan Iqbal on the very first day of the conference had promised that he would get mega projects given to Sindh University for its development and progress. Earlier in the working session, presenting his research paper Dr. Shabir Ahmed Khan of Area Study Centre, Peshawar University said that CPEC was an important component of China’s version of one belt one road (OBOR) initiative which aimed at filling the infrastructure gap across Asia through a network of roads, highways, rail links, energy pipelines and sea ports by spending around $ 600b and to link the Asia, Africa and other European countries. He said that the Chinese aim was an access to Europe by overland as well as maritime routes. “China believes that China’s relations with emerging countries are important but only China’s successful interaction with Europe will transform the existing international order”, he said and added that OBOR will eventually provide China overland and maritime access to Europe. He said that CPEC had to play an important role in both the components of OBOR as via Kashgar it connected to Silk Road Economic Belt while through Gwadar. “CPEC connects to 21st Century Maritime Silk Road; Corridor serves identical interests for the both countries as China and Pakistan desire to develop their poverty ridden and under developed areas including Balochistan and Xinjiang. Another scholar Mariyam Siddique said that the construction of economic corridor will bring peace, affluence, prosperity and richdom by securing economic ties on the basis of economic interest. “After the financial crises of 2008, China had a chance to rebalance its economy, so made a shift in its economic strategy and moved towards “New Normal” to transform the economy for suitable growth”, she maintained. She said that CPEC will be a beneficial tool of China for the practical implementation of its dream. Dr. Ravichandran Moorthy, Ross Masood Hussain, Dr. Mussarat Jabeen, Dr. Ngeow Chow Bing, Dr. Chih- yu Shih, Dr. Zhao Zhihui, Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto and others also spoke on the occasion. Later, at concluding ceremony, the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat gave away shields to the presenters and organizing committee of the conference. 02