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Pakistan and China Forge New Economic Corridors under CPEC Phase II

Pakistan and China collaborate to accelerate CPEC Phase II, forming a Working Group for new economic corridors under the 5Es framework, focusing on job creation, innovation, and green energy, while emphasizing strategic planning and regional connectivity for economic prosperity and security.

Pakistan and China have intensified their collaborative efforts to establish a Working Group for five new economic corridors under Phase II of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). These corridors, including the Corridor of Job Creation, Corridor of Innovation, Corridor of Green Energy, and Inclusive Regional Development, align with Pakistan’s 5Es framework, emphasizing export, energy, equity, E-Pakistan, and environment. Both countries aim to expedite the implementation of CPEC’s second phase, focusing on strategic planning and sector-specific roadmaps.

Strategic Approach to SEZs Development

During a meeting between the Federal Minister of Planning, Ahsan Iqbal, and Chinese Ambassador Jiang Zaidong, a strategic approach to maximize the success of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Pakistan was outlined.

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The proposed “one plus Four” model aims to foster partnerships between Chinese and Pakistani SEZs, enhancing competitiveness and attracting investment. Both sides emphasized the importance of SEZs becoming industry-specific clusters to stimulate innovation and growth, aligning with Pakistan’s transition to an industrial economy.

Regional Connectivity and Infrastructure Development

Discussions also revolved around enhancing regional connectivity, focusing on critical projects like the Gwadar Port and the M-8 motorway. These infrastructure developments aim to strengthen trade links and facilitate regional integration, contributing to Pakistan’s economic prosperity.

Additionally, the meeting underscored China’s industrial progress as a model for Pakistan, emphasizing the need to accelerate exports through earned foreign exchange. Despite security concerns, both countries remain committed to safeguarding CPEC projects and personnel, ensuring their successful implementation.