China trusts Imran Khan bringing CPEC into reality

BEIJING, Aug 14 (INP): Imran Khan, whose political party emerged victorious in the country’s recent election, appears ready for some drastic moves, and building on China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is one of them.

According to a Chinese media’s report, posted on State Council Information Website, Imran Khan has promised continued support to CPEC involving all sectors of Pakistani society.

While he has taken up the challenge of turning State-owned companies into profit-generating machines, his plan also has the potential of engaging private industry to ensure success for the CPEC.

The national cricket hero-turned-politician laid out his intentions for engaging with Pakistan’s closest ally in a recent interview with the Chinese newspaper the Guangming Daily. He sees the CPEC as a medium and long-term project, pledging to guarantee the corridor’s construction so that both Pakistan and China benefit.

His party has identified several areas where cooperation with China will be expanded. Clean energy is one area where his neighbor has achieved monumental success.

Industrial cooperation is a medium and long-term objective to be effected through the CPEC. Assistance will be sought to improve domestic manufacturing capabilities as China has long been more than willing to offer its expertise.

Khan cites examples of China’s poverty alleviation program. The globally-admired initiative China undertook enabling millions of people to escape from poverty is seen as giving Pakistan a way forward in this regard, and special teams are to be sent to China for in-depth study of the poverty reduction model.

Representatives of his party have already visited China’s Yunnan province where the local government briefed them how they attained the poverty-reduction goals.

The new government also plans to focus on developing indigenous resources and promoting local value-addition approaches. This can be worked out by establishing more vocational training institutes in Pakistan and sending young people to China to acquire higher education and better skills. If this goes as plan, the indigenous resource pool will witness augmented benefits from engagement in CPEC projects.

Pakistan has immense manufacturing potential owing to ample availability of raw materials. As the incoming government looks to revitalize Pakistan’s industry on modern lines, companies will eventually be looking for global consumption and should be ready for integration with various global supply chains.

The CPEC and BRI specifically aim to achieve this. Being trade routes in the classical sense, they will provide transportation facilities that can help remodel local industry centers into globally-competitive economies.

As proclaimed in Khan’s election manifesto, he intends to focus on partnerships in development projects undertaken by Chinese entities. This will increase the transfer of knowledge to local firms, improve the skill level of the workforce and bring about sustained results. Joint ventures will be encouraged, which will also help Chinese companies to benefit from the local knowledge of their Pakistani partners.

The two countries are natural partners and support each other on matters of international politics and economy. That is why Imran Khan is now banking on the goodwill of the past for a stable and far-reaching cooperation in the future, the report added.