‘CPEC has come to stay and we will take it forward’ says Shireen Mazari

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari has said that the government is committed to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as the project is benefiting the people of Pakistan.

“Let me make it clear: CPEC has come to stay and we will take CPEC forward,” the minister said while addressing the audience at the launch event of the sixth monograph titled “Role of Women in CPEC.”

The even was organized by Pakistan-China Institute in collaboration with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) in Islamabad on Monday.

Dr Shireen Mazari, who embraced the occasion as chief guest, appreciated the efforts of Pakistan-China Institute in producing the report on the “Role of Women in CPEC”.

“The report is a comprehensive study, which is very well researched and drafted,” she said.

CPEC will truly be a game changer for Pakistan: Shireen Mazari

The minister for human rights expressed gratitude over the increasing opportunities women are getting under CPEC, and said that she hopes to see women being included in the vocational and technical trainings being conducted under the project.

Shireen Mazari further added that training women will help them in attaining more employment opportunities within China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and this way, the project will truly be a game changer for Pakistan.

Earlier in his inaugural speech, the Executive Director of PCI Mustafa Hyder Sayed mentioned the role PCI has played in disseminating information on key issues pertaining to the CPEC. He discussed the key aspects of women issues in Pakistan, and how important a role CPEC will play in empowering women in the Country.

Speaking at the launch event of monograph “Role of Women in CPEC”, the Deputy Chief of Mission in Chinese Embassy Islamabad Lijian Zhao said that the women in China have transformed over time attributing to the economic changes in the Country and women in Pakistan are going through a similar transformation.

Lijian Zhao further said that he is very confident that CPEC is a game changer for Pakistan and so it will be a game changer for the women of Pakistan as well.

In his address, the Chairman of the Pakistan-China Institute and the Chairman of Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed stressed on the importance of regional connectivity and peace, and said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has not only become a part of the socio-economic landscape of Pakistan but of the entire region.

Senator Mushahid Hussain said that “Quaid-e-Azam, in an interview to the Life Magazine in January 1948 said that Pakistan is the pivot of the world, placed on the frontier on which future position of the world revolves. This region is the most important region in the world in terms of geopolitics, geo-economics and geo-strategy, and therefore CPEC should no longer be confined to Pakistan and China, rather there should be regional expansion. The success story of CPEC is evident from the results as 22 early harvest projects have been initiated with 9 already been completed and 13 under construction, 70,000 jobs have been provided to Pakistanis because of CPEC, and the highest growth rate of 5.8% in the last 13 years is attributed to CPEC. 26000 Pakistani students are studying in China and 22000 Pakistani students are learning Chinese language.”

Other speakers at the event included Ms. Ambreen Shah, Vice President China Power Hub Generation Company, Mr. Naseer Memon, GM CSR, Public Affairs and Communication, Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company and Ms. Du Xiao, Director Public Affairs Department, Grandview Institution, China, and they spoke largely on the role women play in the economy of any Country, and their contributions to the gross domestic product (GDP) growth.

The function was largely attended by representatives of think-tanks, women organizations, university professors, students, parliamentarians and media personnel.