CPEC: the long-term plan

The Diplomatic Insight - - Editor's Note - Prof. Dr. Ah­san Iqbal Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment and Re­form and In­te­rior

espite po­lit­i­cal events in the coun­try cre­ated by some nar­row vested in­ter­ests, the 7th Joint Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee (JCC) meet­ing on CPEC was suc­cess­fully held on Novem­ber 21, 2017 in Islamabad. Our Chi­nese coun­ter­parts showed com­plete re­solve and com­mit­ment to suc­cess­fully com­plete all CPEC projects in a timely man­ner. The 7th Term Plan (LTP) of CPEC. It is a stan­dard prac­tice around the world that a bi­lat­eral agree­ment can­not be made pub­lic un­less it is ap­proved by both par­ties. But un­for­tu­nately some cyn­ics in the me­dia tried to gen­er­ate un­nec­es­sary con­tro­versy by pub­lish­ing an in­cor­rect ver­sion of LTP. As we promised, we have re­leased the LTP for the pub­lic and the me­dia. The de­vel­op­ment of any coun­try is based on its in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion process. The qual­i­ta­tive dif­fer­ence between the de­vel­oped and the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries is the dif­fer­ence in their de­gree of in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion. Where de­vel­oped coun­tries have now en­tered a postin­dus­trial age, de­vel­op­ing coun­tries are still strug­gling to com­plete their in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion process and mod­ernise their econ­omy. The PML-N has be­lieved in and con­sis­tently strived for in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of Pak­istan. In light of this vi­sion, the PML-N gov­ern­ment ini­ti­ated work on CPEC im­me­di­ately af­ter com­ing into power. CPEC has as­sumed world­wide at­ten­tion due to re­mov­ing en­ergy and in­fra­struc­ture growth bot­tle­necks from Pak­istan’s econ­omy. It pro­vides Pak­istan a great op­por­tu­nity to leapfrog to ex­pe­dite the pro­cesses of in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion. The LTP pro­vides a con­cep­tual frame­work for CPEC up to 2030; it also gives a frame­work for the the LTP, the gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan con­sulted prov­inces, fed­eral min­istries and their re­spec­tive tech­ni­cal groups. The plan is com­pletely in line with the seven pil­lars of ‘Pak­istan Vi­sion 2025’; th­ese pil­lars are founded on the eco­nomic prin­ci­ples of in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. The seven salient fea­ture of the LTP are con­nec­tiv­ity, en­ergy, trade and in­dus­trial parks, agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment and poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, tourism, co­op­er­a­tion in ar­eas con­cern­ing peo­ple’s liveli­hood and non-gov­ern­men­tal ex­changes and LTP is best captured in the fol­low­ing state­ment, “...CPEC will greatly speed up the in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and ur­ban­i­sa­tion process in Pak­istan and help it grow into a highly in­clu­sive, glob­ally com­pet­i­tive and pros­per­ous coun­try ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing high-qual­ity life to its cit­i­zens.” salient fea­tures of CPEC’s long-term plan to il­lus­trate its cen­tral role in the in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of Pak­istan. Con­nec­tiv­ity is the corner­stone of goods, in­for­ma­tion and peo­ple across re­gions. That is why an in­te­grated trans­port sys­tem is cen­tral to the LTP. It in­cludes the con­struc­tion and de­vel­op­ment of Kash­gar-Islamabad, Pe­shawar-Islamabad-Karachi, D I Khan-Hakla, Sukkur-Gwadar Port and Dera Is­mail Khan-Quetta-SohrabGwadar road in­fra­struc­ture to im­prove in­ter/in­tra-con­nec­tiv­ity in Pak­istan and China. The de­vel­op­ment of Gwadar Port city, Gwadar air­port and Easy Bay ex­press­way are go­ing to trans­form the city of Gwadar into a mar­itime trade hub and a new smart port city of the re­gion. It will also lead to the in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of Balochis­tan. In­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy is crit­i­cal for de­vel­op­ment. In this re­gard, we have between Pak­istan and China, and agreed

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