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IPDS and Inner Mongolia Honder College Publish Book on CPEC’s Decade of Transformation

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Islamabad, 7 March 2024 (TDI): The Centre for BRI and China Studies at the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) in Islamabad, Pakistan, in collaboration with the Pakistan Research Center at Inner Mongolia Honder College of Arts and Sciences, China, announced the publication of “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: A Decade of Transformation across Pakistan: Regional Impacts and Progress.”

This book explores the intricate consequences and progress the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) fostered in the last ten years.

The Centre for Belt and Road and China Studies is an initiative of the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies committed to advancing Pakistan’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Through research, education, advocacy, and events, the Centre fosters stronger Pakistan-China relations and promotes mutual benefits for both countries and the wider region.

Entering 2024, CPEC has embarked on a new chapter, characterized by diversified growth and deeper collaboration between the two nations. While the initial phase of CPEC tackled Pakistan’s energy shortages and infrastructure gaps through crucial energy projects and improved connectivity, the current phase broadened its scope to encompass industrial advancement, agricultural modernization, and social and economic initiatives, fostering sustainable and inclusive development in the long run.

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

The book features eight chapters by eminent scholars. Each chapter explores the specific experiences of different regions impacted by CPEC over the past ten years. The authors bring a wealth of expertise and experience to their respective chapters.

Dr. Farhat Asif, Founder and President of the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies, along with Professor Tang Jun (Richer TJ), Director of the Pakistan Research Center provided comprehensive insights into the multifaceted impacts of CPEC in the introduction.

Dr. Liaqat Ali Shah- the Head of Policy at the CPEC Centre of Excellence at the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Govt. Pakistan- offers a comprehensive overview of CPEC, setting the stage for understanding its evolution and significance.

Dr. Attaullah Shah- Vice Chancellor of the Karakoram International University, Gilgit- explores the opportunities and challenges for Gilgit Baltistan within the framework of CPEC, shedding light on the region’s strategic importance.

Prof. Dr. Qaisar Abbas- Vice Chancellor of the University of Sargodha- along with Dr. Hammad Hassan Mirza, and Dr. Haroon Hussain- Professors at Malik Firoz Khan Noon Business School at the University of Sargodha- delve into the economic development driven by CPEC in Punjab, reflecting on a decade of progress and highlighting future prospects.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chawla- former Dean of Art & Humanities at the University of Punjab- heralds the ten-year partnership between China and Pakistan under BRI, with a focus on turning South Punjab into a gateway of prosperity and regional advancements.

From the China Study Center at the University of Peshawar, Center Director Prof. Dr. Kausar Takrim and researcher Muaaz Sayed examine CPEC projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, analyzing opportunities, and challenges, and outlining the way forward for the region.

Prof. Dr. Samina Sabir- Director of the CPEC Centre at the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir- explores the potential of tourism in Azad Jammu and Kashmir within the context of CPEC, presenting an overview of opportunities for growth and development.

Dr. Abdul Sattar- Director of the China Study Center at Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences- addresses the challenges and opportunities of CPEC in Balochistan, highlighting the role of the initiative in bridging divides and fostering development.

Dr. Tahir Mumtaz Awan- Director of the China Study Centre at COMSATS University Islamabad discusses the socio-economic landscape of Sindh Province during the first phase of CPEC, examining transformations and challenges experienced in the region.

This book is a testament to the power of strategic alliances in reshaping economies and fostering development. It underscores the importance of collaboration, innovation, and adaptability in facing challenges and opportunities.

As readers navigate through these chapters, the book offers a comprehensive view of the transformative impact of CPEC, showcasing the potential of such bilateral cooperation in overcoming developmental challenges and propelling nations towards a prosperous future.

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