CPEC’s second phase

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AFTER the successful completion of the first phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC) which largely focused on energy and road infrastructure projects, Pakistan and China are now entering the most important phase which will see both the countries cooperating in the realms of industry, agriculture and socio-economic development.
Consul General of China Wang Yu whilst addressing a ceremony the other day organized by Karachi Council on Foreign Relations shed some light on the projects to be completed in the second phase of this mega development project. He said that 27 projects in the areas of agriculture, education, vocational training, industry, increase in water supply etc will be undertaken before the end of this year. Indeed all these are very critical areas which the country needs to focus on in order to achieve sustainable development. China has made tremendous progress both in the industrial and agricultural sectors and we should fully use its technology and experience to bring value addition and uplift the two vital sectors of economy. This is the path of self reliance and we are confident that present government will expedite work on these important projects in order to cultivate its fruits at the earliest. Industrial and agriculture development is also linked with the way we train our youth in different fields and we really appreciate that the Chinese friends are also extending support in this regard as well. Our government and people should also learn how China has rapidly promoted young entrepreneurship over the last decade or so. The focus of youth should be shifted from getting jobs to opening their own businesses and standing on their own feet. And this can be done if the youth are provided opportunities and platforms by the higher institutions to put their business ideas into practice. Our education system should be developed in such a manner that paves the way for future entrepreneurs. By doing this, we, just like China, can really give a major boost to our agriculture and industrial sectors, create immense job opportunities and lift the people out of poverty.

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