IN an exclusive interview with Global Times, a Chinese tabloid newspaper, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is laying foundation for sustained, indigenous economic modernization and its growth to connect markets within and across the region is a logical next step.
He reaffirmed the commitment to timely complete the ongoing CPEC related projects saying it is the cornerstone of our future bilateral economic cooperation agenda.
This multibillion dollar project has indeed transformed China-Pakistan relations into an economic strategic partnership, bringing the peoples of both the countries further close to each other.
Given the cordiality that exists between the two neighbours, the scope of cooperation under the CPEC is infinite.
It will not be wrong to say that sky is the limit. Over the last few years, work on the CPEC slowed down because of the breakout of Covid-19 and some other reasons.
Shehbaz Sharif who enjoys good reputation in China due to the speed he works with, we expect that the pace of work on the corridor project will now be accelerated in coming days.
Making it a successful model of cooperation will be a win-win for both the countries. From the road and rail infrastructure projects to the industrial cooperation, it will connect and trigger economic activity in this whole region which is lagging behind development.
There should not be any further delay in complete operationalization of SEZs which are important for us to take the country towards self-reliance.
We will also suggest the government to enter into dialogue with China for boosting cooperation in the field of Information Technology which will really help the country achieve economic modernization.
China is leading the world in the IT field and their help in this regard, especially in the establishment of IT industry clusters will help the country change its economic landscape in a matter of a few years.
For this to happen, we will also have to strengthen the ICT human resource by promoting quality education.
At the same time, we need a transition from traditional to modern agriculture to help the people get rid of poverty.