'Media must thwart anti-CPEC drive'


By Uzma Zafar
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday said Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is reshaping geo-economic landscape and ushering in prosperity, not only for Pakistan but also for the entire region, which is based on the idea of shared development.
With regard to hostile propaganda against the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by the global media, the need for collaboration, coordination and cross regional media fusion among the media outlets of participating countries was utmost necessary, she said while addressing “Cross-regional media fusion conference on the Belt and Road partners”.
She commended the Pakistani media which had played a pivotal role in nullifying the anti-CEPC propaganda and also contributed to the development of the concept of national ownership. She said similar effort was required by the media in the countries participating in the BRI.
Appreciating the Centre for Global and Strategic and Studies (CGSS), for taking this visionary step, she said that the role and contribution of think-tanks in evaluating the regional and global issues and challenges and providing intellectual and pragmatic solutions to those challenges can hardly be over-emphasized.
She said that President Xi Jinping’s vision of One Belt, One Road (OBOR) was not only bold but also innovative initiative that knitted the world in a community of shared interests.
The SAPM said that OBOR vision was harbinger of a new era of connectivity and integration of member countries, which would bridge the gap between the North and South.
She said that sustained progress was being made in the implementation of the second phase of CPEC in Pakistan wherein the emphasis will be on industrial and agricultural cooperation, socio-economic development and technical training. With the highest level of transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness, the building blocks of CPEC were being installed, she said. The SAPM said that Prime Minister Imran Khan during his Gwadar visit performed ground breaking of Rs 65 bnZhob-Kuchlak section of Western route of CEPC, Rs 17 billion project of transmission line of Makran Coast, Rs 23 billion New Gwadar International Airport project, hospital as well as vocational institute.
She said that Chinese government was also investing $ 1 billion in socio-economic sector in two years. She said, China had offered 20,000 scholarships for Pakistani students besides financing to build over 1000 small schools in different parts of the country. The scope of CPEC has been broadened to benefit the people of Pakistan, she added.
She said that recently 300 mw coal power plant had been inaugurated in Gwadar and Multan-Sukkur Motorway opened. She said that that OBOR was about shared prosperity and making peace and development the basis of interactions among the peoples, cultures and ideas.
She said that OBOR through CEPC was Pakistan’s passport to a new level of development and progress. She said that President Xi called Pakistan an iron brother and multi-billion
CPEC was manifestation of China’s special relationship with Pakistan.