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Gwadar on way to become ‘Silicon Valley of Pakistan’

Gwadar on way to become ‘Silicon Valley of Pakistan’ China’s experience in building and developing ports and basic infrastructure is certainly benefiting Pakistan and it is expected that soon Gwadar will become the ‘silicon valley’ of Pakistan and could emerge as center for promotion of economic activities at regional and global level. If we talk about Gwadar, this city is also called city of fishermen like Shenzhen, Chin’s first special economic zone. Gwadar is of central importance in the construction of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and projects like Gwadar Port, Gwadar Airport and Gwadar Free Zone are among the priorities of the Government of Pakistan. It seemed that Gwadar is becoming a hub of industrial and investment activities in Pakistan China Radio International (CRI) Urdu commented on Friday China is also assisting Pakistan in the construction of Gwadar Port, a natural deep water port which distinguishes it from other nearby ports. Gwadar Port is also thanks to its

Reading Rooms Balochistan

Reading Rooms Balochistan is an initiative of the Global Shapers Karachi Hub and Balochistan Youth Action Committee (BYAC) to ignite a reading culture in rural parts of Pakistan, specifically in the Balochistan province where the literacy rate is below 50%. The goal is to empower the local youth by providing them with the necessary and required reading material. Many people in Pakistan have books lying around on their shelves collecting dust, they are happy for these books to be put to good use, but they do not have the right information on where to donate them. This is where Karachi Hub steps in. Through the Reading Rooms Balochistan project, the Karachi Shapers identified over 25 small reading rooms in different villages of Balochistan and have contacted them to assess their needs regarding books and reading material. Karachi Hub has partnered with Aster School to supply these books to remote regions. The hub has established collection points in Karachi, Quetta and is in the process

“CPEC is a flagship project of BRI”: Pakistan’s Ambassador to China

  News Desk 2 mins ago In an interview with today, Pakistan’s ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque said that China and Pakistan are ‘all-weather’ friends and have stood the test of time. He said that the two countries have stood by each other during testing times such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The ambassador said that when the coronavirus initially hit China, Pakistan had provided it with support and much-needed supplies. He also mentioned how the President of Pakistan Arif Alvi had visited China in March to show solidarity with the Chinese people. Read more:  How Punjab is gearing up for CPEC Phase-II, Mian Aslam Iqbal explains “By the time COVID-19 started spreading in Pakistan, China came to help us in a big way,” said the ambassador. “We are grateful to China for providing critical support to Pakistan in these difficult times.” Haque mentioned the collaboration between China and Pakistan on the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Phase-3 trials of the vaccine were being he

CPEC set for expansion: China-Pakistan plans additonal road networks

AFP Synopsis Pakistan government has decided to take up at least three major road projects for inclusion in the corridor that passes through Pakistan occupied Kashmir. By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury ,  ET Bureau Last Updated:  Oct 17, 2020, 08:02 AM IST 1 New Delhi:  Pakistan  and  China  have decided to expand the multi-billion-dollar  China Pakistan Economic Corridor  ( CPEC ) as the  Imran Khan  government decided to take up at least three major road projects for inclusion in the corridor that passes through  PoK . These projects will be firmed up in the forthcoming Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) on CPEC, ET has reliably gathered. Pakistan Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiatives Asad Umar recently presided over a consultative meeting to review the preparations for the upcoming 10th JCC meeting on CPEC. ADVERTISEMENT The three projects will include a framework agreement for the construction of a western route road project under the mega corridor. The 210km-long ro

JCC to consider road projects in CPEC

Web Desk 5:33 PM | October 16, 2020 The government Thursday decided to take up new road projects to be included in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the annual meeting of Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on CPEC that is scheduled to be held in Beijing next month . This was decided in a consultative meeting to review the preparations for the upcoming 10th JCC meeting. Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar chaired the meeting. All the conveners of the respective Joint Working Groups (JWGs) under CPEC framework including Secretary Planning, Chairman CPEC Authority, Secretary Communications and Secretary Foreign Affairs attended the meeting. Officials from line ministries and representatives from all relevant departments also attended the meeting. The conveners of the JWGs and their representatives briefed the minister on the agenda and proposed deliverables for the 10th JCC. The minister expressed satisfaction over the preparations and suggested d