CPEC and Technological heights

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Naveed Aman Khan

Enhanced cooperation between Pakistan and China will meet new splendour in diverse fields especially telecommunications, science and technology. To reach new glory China has transformed its systems based on latest most modern technological heights so will have to follow our nation.

Information technology plays an important role in reducing the distance which has potential to resolve many problems related to economic productivity, intellectual property rights, privacy, protection, and affordability of and access to information. Recent decades have seen a tremendous technological progress in computing and telecommunications. Contemporary world will see huge impact of this technological development on society and policy makers. The geographical distribution of work is changing dramatically in contemporary times. Industries can outsource their manufacturing to other countries and telecommunications play a significant role in marketing, research and development. Technology can enable the people of both countries to take benefit from each other in various types of work and employment.

Pakistan is an important country in China’s One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR) in which CPEC project is a collection of infrastructure projects worth of US $ 64 billion throughout Pakistan. These projects have the potential to bring a significant change at different levels like economic, social and financial within the country. Social interaction in organizations will improve by use of computers and communication technologies. The importance of distance will be reduced by computers and communication technology also favours telecommuting, and thus, has implications for the residence patterns of the citizens. As workers find that they can do most of their work at home rather than in a centralized workplace, the demand for homes in climatically and physically attractive regions would increase.

Through the development of different industrial parks and information technology parks under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Pakistan, there will be more freedom to firms to locate their economic activities, creating greater competition among regions in infrastructure, labour, capital, and other resource markets. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project is of great importance for both China and Pakistan. China’s government is striving to consume its supporting role to build an environment for the open economic system and logistic system under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. It is considered as the corridor of peace, prosperity and development having potential for a promising future for Pakistan. Apart from industrial sector, information technology plays a momentous role in educational sector. This can affect the craft of teaching. The role of an instructor is a supplier of services to the students, who might be regarded as its customers but a good teacher or a supervisor of students would play a role in motivating, encouraging, evaluating, and developing students. Technological progress inevitably creates dependence on technology. Indeed the creation of vital infrastructure ensures dependence on that infrastructure. The world is now dependent on its transport, telephone and other infrastructures. It will be dependent on the emerging information infrastructure.

China and Pakistan has signed an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement, as well as pledged to ‘China Pakistan Joint Cotton Bio Tech Laboratory’ as part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The two countries also pledged to establish the ‘China-Pakistan Joint Marine Research Centre’ with State Oceanic Administration and Pakistan’s Ministry of Science and Technology. Also as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor agreement, Pakistan and China have agreed to cooperate in space research. In May 2016, construction began on the US $ 44 million 820 kilometre long Pakistan-China Fibre Optic Project, an optical fibre cable that will enhance telecommunication in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, while offering Pakistan a fifth route by which to transmit telecommunication traffic.

China will build US $ 1.5 Billion National Science & Technology Park under CPEC in Islamabad. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will uplift Pakistan’s economy through immense investment in various sectors such as industrial, agricultural, and technological. This development would transform the standards of living of Pakistani people and bring social change in the country. In February 2016, both Pakistan and China agreed to establish the ‘Pakistan China Science, Technology, Commerce and Logistic Park’ near Islamabad at an estimated cost of US $ 1.5 billion. The park will be situated on 500 hectares, which will be provided by Pakistan to China’s Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, with all investments expected to come from the Chinese side over the course of ten years. Undoubtedly enhanced cooperation between Pakistan and China will meet new splendour in diverse fields especially telecommunications, science and technology. To reach new glory China has transformed its systems based on latest most modern technological heights so will have to follow our nation.