Observer Report Beijing
Infrastructure construction under CPEC will emerge as a model, according to China International Contractors Association (CHINCA).
Gwadar Pro reported on Sunday, that CHINCA summarized the development of Chinese international projects in BRI countries in 2020 last week. Fang Qiuchen, the Chairman of CHINCA, remarked that infrastructure construction under BRI and CPEC will transform and upgrade their model in several respects.
The summary says in 1979, the annual value of China’s overseas contracts was only $34 million, and in 2020, the number exceeded $250 billion, an increase of nearly 8,000 times in the past 40 years. Fang said, Asia, the largest benefited destination area of China’s infrastructure assistance, has accounted for more than 50% of the newly signed and completed contracts globally in 2020.
Among them, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia are key host countries. In recent years, Chinese projects in Pakistan have focused on energy, housing and roads. From 2020, the construction of rail transit, such as high-speed rail and subway, will also rise under CPEC.
“China has built many large railway projects in BRI countries, which can be seen in CPEC. Lahore Orange Line subway project, an exact example of BRI railway projects, was completed and started operation in 2020,” Fang said, “it’s the first respect of transformation.”
The second transformation is that in addition to building infrastructure directly, China will also share more Chinese solutions and wisdom with Pakistan so that the nation can develop its own abilities to construct infrastructure. CPEC infrastructure projects emphasize localization, employing Pakistani workers and training local technicians.