Author: Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Founding Chair GSRRA, Sinologist, Diplomat, Editor, Analyst, and Non-Resident Fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization). (E-mail: email@example.com).
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has emerged as a remarkable success story in the last ten years. This ambitious undertaking has brought significant progress to Pakistan and has set an inspiring example for the world. As Chinese Vice-Premier H.E. He Li Feng visits Pakistan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of CPEC/BRI, it is an opportune moment to reflect on the achievements and profound impact of this transformative initiative.
A Decade of Achievements
Over the past decade, CPEC has achieved tremendous success in various sectors, contributing significantly to Pakistan's socio-economic growth. It has played a pivotal role in fostering connectivity, infrastructure development, energy projects, and economic cooperation between China and Pakistan.
Infrastructure Development: CPEC has ushered in a new era of infrastructure development in Pakistan. It has led to the construction of modern highways, motorways, and railways, enhancing transportation networks and connectivity across the country. This has not only reduced travel time but has also improved logistics, enabling businesses to thrive.
Energy Projects: The energy sector in Pakistan has witnessed a major transformation due to CPEC. Through the completion of numerous power projects, the country's energy crisis has been mitigated significantly. Reliable and affordable electricity has boosted industrial productivity and improved the overall living standards of the people.
Gwadar Port: The development of Gwadar Port, a key component of CPEC, has turned it into a bustling hub of economic activity. The port's strategic location and state-of-the-art facilities have made it a vital trade route, opening up opportunities for Pakistan to become a major player in regional and global trade.
Economic Diversification: CPEC has stimulated economic diversification in Pakistan. It has attracted foreign investments, encouraged local industries to grow, and created numerous job opportunities for the nation's youth. The corridor has also spurred the development of Special Economic Zones, fostering a favorable business environment and attracting foreign investors.
Global Impact: A Role Model for Development
The success of CPEC has not been limited to Pakistan alone; it has become a beacon of hope and a role model for other nations seeking to replicate its model for sustainable development.
Belt and Road Inspiration: CPEC's achievements have inspired other countries to embrace the Belt and Road Initiative's principles. Its focus on connectivity, infrastructure, and mutual cooperation has inspired numerous nations to explore similar ventures to drive economic growth and regional integration.
South-South Cooperation: CPEC exemplifies the spirit of South-South cooperation, with China and Pakistan jointly undertaking large-scale projects that benefit both nations. This approach has demonstrated the power of collaboration and partnership in fostering development and progress.
Regional Connectivity: The successful implementation of CPEC has enhanced regional connectivity and promoted peace and stability in the region. It has brought China, Pakistan, and neighboring countries closer together, fostering diplomatic ties and enhancing people-to-people exchanges.
As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, we reflect on a decade filled with remarkable achievements, positive transformation, and global inspiration. CPEC stands as a testament to the power of cooperation, determination, and mutual respect in fostering sustainable development. The unwavering commitment of both China and Pakistan has set a high benchmark for international partnerships. As the fruits of CPEC continue to ripen, we can confidently look forward to a future where nations across the globe embrace a path of progress and prosperity, fueled by unity, understanding, and shared goals.
Based on the experience of a decade of CPEC/BRI, both China and Pakistan, developed a better understanding and enjoys harmony. Both sides have gained appropriate experience to overcome various hurdles and expect rapid and smooth developments under CPEC. The Future is bright!
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)