CPEC Centre of Excellence

MINISTER for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Sun Weidong jointly inaugurated CPEC Centre of Excellence in Islamabad on Monday. In the words of Minister the centre will serve as guiding star for both our policy makers and business class and will integrate and coordinate the institutions engaged in implementing the CPEC.
It was often pointed out by different commentators and analysts that Pakistan was not doing necessary homework to take full advantage of opportunities opening up due to monumental CPEC project. However, inauguration of the Centre is a testimony that planners and policy makers are fully cognizant of the future requirements and have started taking measures to ensure that people of Pakistan benefit from the project to the optimum. The centre is aimed at research in six key areas of CPEC including the socio-economic impact of the project, trade and industrial development, regional connectivity, financial integration, urban development and job opportunities created by the project. But this should not be all and both federal and provincial governments should start planning and implementing programmes aimed at exploiting all types of opportunities. The most important aspect should be manpower training in relevant fields and technologies that would ensure maximum employment of Pakistani people during implementation phase of the projects and thereafter. Our colleges and universities should introduce relevant subjects while institutions like NUML and other public and private organisations should impart Chinese language skills to our youth so that they have the ability and capability to interact with Chinese people in a meaningful and productive way. As pointed out by Ambassador Weidong, China is willing to offer necessary cooperation for knowledge sharing and talent exchange programme was on the cards for cooperation in development economics and research. While Chinese are ready to extend necessary cooperation, it depends on our ability to foresee the future and benefit from Chinese experience and expertise.

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