IPS Meets CPEC Chairman, Gets briefed on progress,

ISLAMABAD, Jan 24 (Manend News): Pakistan attaches great importance to
the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a national project, and
is ready to pay any price for its success. The Chairman of the newly
created CPEC Authority Lieutenant General (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa
stated this at an exclusive session with a delegation of senior officials
and researchers of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) held at the
CPEC Authority’s Secretariat.
The IPS delegation comprised its Executive President Khalid Rahman,
GM Operations Naufil Shahrukh, senior associates Amanullah Khan,
Mirza Hamid Hasan, Dr. Maliha Zeba Khan, Ambassador (retd)
Tajammul Altaf, Brigadier (retd) Said Nazir Mohmand, and members of
the Institute’s research and outreach team including Shafaq Sarfraz,
Asim Ehsan, Kulsoom Belal, Wali Farooqi, Hafiz Inamullah Khan,
Shahid Afzal and Maimoona Mahmood.
Briefing the delegation about the progress on CPEC, the chairman said
that work on the eastern, western and central alignments is in full
swing, and the second phase of the project is just beginning. He also
rubbished the claims that work on phase one has slowed down,
claiming nothing was on hold.
Bajwa was of the view that underdeveloped areas, especially southern
parts of Balochistan were being given importance in CPEC; a dam and
desalination plant have been built in Gwadar in a bid to resolve chronic
water shortages affecting the inhabitants. An airport with the biggest
runway of Pakistan worth $230 million was also being built in Gwadar.
Commenting on phase one of CPEC, Asim Bajwa said the first phase’s
success depends on the second phase, which involves business-to-
business and people-to-people contacts. He also said synergy among
all stakeholders is required to make CPEC a success. In this regard,
Pakistan-China Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry was also being
revived, he informed.

He stressed the need for projecting CPEC as a regional connectivity
initiative to make Pakistan emerge as an economically galvanizing
state instead of a security or terror-fighting state on the global
spectrum. Afghan transit trade, he added, is also now being facilitated
through Gwadar port.
Khalid Rahman opined that China and Pakistan both need each other
to implement CPEC as the initiative’s success lies in further
strengthening bilateral relations. He also underlined the importance of
transparency and effective perception management for the success of
CPEC to counter the nefarious designs of Pakistan and China’s
adversaries at all levels.

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