In a resolute statement, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif emphasized that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a transformative project that holds the potential to revolutionize the entire region. He called upon neighboring India to cease creating obstacles and instead embrace the opportunities presented by this mega project.
As Pakistan commemorates the 10th anniversary of the signing of the CPEC agreement between Islamabad and Beijing, Prime Minister Shehbaz expressed his belief that not only Pakistan and China but also Iran, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the entire region would reap the benefits of this massive development endeavor.
Connecting Regions and Hearts: The Beauty of CPEC
Shehbaz Sharif described CPEC as a beautiful plan that goes beyond mere infrastructure development. He emphasized that this project aims to connect not only regions and areas but also the hearts of the people. The Prime Minister’s Office quoted him as saying, “CPEC is not just about roads, railways, sea ports, and air routes; it is about enhancing healthcare, education, skill development, and fostering mass participation in the development process.”
A Positive Impact on Living Standards
Shehbaz Sharif reiterated that CPEC is indeed a game-changer for the entire region, with a positive impact on the living standards of its people. By promoting economic growth and development, CPEC seeks to uplift the lives of millions.
A Milestone in the Pakistan-China Strategic Partnership
Congratulating the leadership and the people of Pakistan and China on the decade-long completion of CPEC, Prime Minister Shehbaz described it as a new chapter in the evergreen and trusted strategic cooperative partnership between the two “iron brothers.” He attributed the success of this project to the vision of “development for all,” shared by Chinese leader Xi Jinping and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif.
The Belt and Road Initiative: A Vision of Peace and Friendship
He praised the Belt and Road Initiative as a manifestation of Chinese President Xi’s vision of peace, friendship, and economic partnership. However, he expressed regret over the obstacles faced during the previous government’s tenure, which hindered the project’s progress and included baseless allegations against China, a valuable friend to Pakistan.
Eliminating Poverty and Fostering Mutual Partnership
Criticizing the adversaries of CPEC, the Prime Minister emphasized that they are against peace, development, and prosperity in Pakistan and the region. These adversaries aim to perpetuate poverty in the country. CPEC, on the other hand, has initiated a new era of mutual partnership between Pakistan and China, strengthening their bilateral ties.
Holistic Development: Water, Education, and Skilled Training
Shehbaz Sharif highlighted the diversity of projects under CPEC, ranging from providing water and education to technical and skill-based training. The construction of nine Special Economic Zones (SEZs) is set to bring new technology to Pakistan, fostering local production and economic growth.
Enhancing Disaster Management and Food Security
The Prime Minister underscored the inclusion of projects related to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and an early warning system for natural disasters as integral parts of CPEC. Additionally, the agriculture-related projects under CPEC aim to bolster food security in the region.
In conclusion, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif firmly believes that CPEC is not only a game-changer for Pakistan and China but also for the entire region. This transformative project holds the promise of prosperity, development, and enhanced bilateral relationships. As CPEC continues to progress, it brings opportunities to uplift the living standards of millions, foster mutual partnerships, and ensure a brighter future for the region.