Policy Dialogue on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
The Fiscal Policy Study Centre of the Department of Finance and Economics organized a policy dialogue seminar on the topic of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on 26th May 2016. It was organized jointly by Dr. Saira Ahmed and Ms. Maria Mashkoor. The guest speakers were Mr Mustafa Hyder, Executive Director of the Pak-China Institute and Mr. Usman Kemal, Assistant Professor at Iqra University. The speakers termed CPEC program as a “game-changer” for Pakistan. The investment which will come from China will revolutionize the energy sector and transport sector in Pakistan. Thus, improving the conditions for economic growth and bring about more efficient and effective connectivity across the country and in the region. The fruits of CPEC will not just be limited to Pakistan. Afghanistan and particularly Central Asia will also gain from the extended transit trade which will take place in the region.
The objectives of the seminar were to synthesize and give orientation to the students regarding salient features of CPEC and to discuss the programs and projects under CPEC. Moreover, another important objective was to be able to assess if there are any potential risks and challenges to CPEC.