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Saeed Afridi is a former management consultant focusing on the Energy Industry and writes on Energy Security and the Politics of Energy Resources. He is conducting research related to the role of Central Asia’s energy resources in China’s Energy Security at the University of Westminster, UK.

Why so many in Pakistan are scared of “Brand Malala”?

Saeed Afridi | Malala, the name has become a symbol of so much more than just a little girl. Malala also has become a one-word...

Democrats: We are Defined by what we Defend

Saeed Afridi | Democracy is a complex and much misunderstood entity in countries with a history of authoritarian rule. Transition from authoritarianism can suffer distortions...

CPEC: A Chinese Vision Since 2005

Saeed Afridi | China’s rise has been attributed to the successful implementation of its ‘Dual Track’ transition policy based on gradual, incremental and near-constant reform of its economic sector in conjunction with Five Year Plans. The is Dual Track policy emphasised on social and economic reform; without any corresponding political reform. It started under Deng Xiaoping post-1976, based on the Zhou Enlai’s “Four Modernisation Plan” and has seen additional changes with every Five Year Plan (FYP). The National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC) has played an instrumental role in China’s development through these Five Year Plans. China’s Regions and Economic Development Economic and social reforms proposed by the NDRC in its 5th and 6th FYPs, from 1978 till 1984, have formed the bedrock of subsequent economic development. China was divided into three zones, Coastal, Central and Western. The coastal zone became the immediate focus of economic reforms through “Special Economic Zones”, and an “Open Door” policy to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and creating internal economic corridors. An initiative that links CPEC, BCIMEC and CCWAEC with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should have been, and now must be, the crux of Pakistan’s regional economic goals, much like Kazakhstan’s efforts. The 7th and 8th FYPs (1984-1993) built upon this success by introducing internal market reforms and began China’s transformation into a localised Socialist market economy while Jian Zemin’s subsequent 9th and 10th FYPs went further and introduced large-scale privatisation within provinces, an expansion of successful policies into the Central Region and laying the groundwork for future expansion within the Western Region. By 2006, the rapid economic development of the Coastal and Central regions had created a huge disparity in the economic and social well being within China. The focus since the 11th and 12th FYPs has been the re-orientation of China’s “Dual Track” reform towards China’s Western region. The development of China’s Western Region as an economic zone required access to economically advantageous primary resources and the development of market access for the export of goods.

How is the government confusing all of us on CPEC?

Saeed Afridi | Pakistan is a country that loves technicalities. Irrespective of which walk of life a Pakistani is from, ask them a straightforward question,...

Malala: Why so many in Pakistan hate what she symbolizes?

Saeed Afridi | Malala, the name has become a symbol of so much more than just a little girl. Malala also has become a one-word...

Self-aware Pakistanis vs the influential and power-wielding elite

Saeed Afridi | This Pakistan This unworkable and wholly undemocratic architecture rendered Pakistan’s democracy in a state of constant struggle between two forms of authoritarian dictatorships,...

THAT Pakistan: Power, Venality & Prostitution

Saeed Afridi | THAT Pakistan Since its very birth, in Pakistan’s political fraternity malleability, power politics and venality have ruled the roost. Whether the one yielding...

Pakistan, Washington and the folly of cultivating echo chambers.

Saeed Afridi | The tragic, darkly comic and somewhat farcical saga that was the “Raymond Davis Incident” is perhaps the best allegory of what is...

Of thumping wins and ignominious defeats: Pakistan’s dysfunctional sports governance

Saeed Afridi | At the outset, let me apologize to all the cricket fans out there, especially those who happen to be Pakistani cricket fans....

The differing futures of Pakistan and China. Does Beijing get a...

Saeed Afridi | The story of Pakistan, since its very incidental inception, has been one of talking about the imminent realization of its potential and...

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