1st International CPEC Conference & Exhibition - 2017

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Discover CPEC - Opportunities and Challenges at an International CPEC Conference & Exbition 2017

Institution of Engineers, Pakistan shall be hosting its first International CPEC Conference and Exhibition (ICCE-2017); which is scheduled on 18th, 19th and 20th January, 2017 at Movenpick Hotel Karachi, Pakistan. The conference will be attended both by local and international delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and visitors.

The conference is gearing up to become the ideal platform to explore, learn and benchmark with local / foreign investors, service and products providers, stake-holders, policy makers, government officials, experts and leading key players from different industrial sectors.

Railway Tracks to be upgraded countrywide under CPEC

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Railways will upgrade its existing tracks besides installing new railway tracks from Gwadar-Quetta-Jacobabad via Besima Tehsil in Balochistan, under China-Pak-Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Under the project, a total 560 kilometres track from Bostan-Kotla Jam on the main line-II via Zhob and Dera Ismail Khan and another 682 kilometres track from Havelian to Khunjerab will be laid, a source in the Ministry of Railways told APP.
The upgradation of 1,872 kilometres track from Karachi to Peshawar via Kotri, Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi (including Taxila- Havelian) - along with dualization of the track from Shahdara to Peshawar will also be carried out.
To enhance connectivity and improve transportation facilities, 1,254 kilometres of railway track from Kotri to Attock City via Dadu, Larkana, Jacobabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bhakkar and Kundian will be upgraded.
The CPEC is a 3,000-kilometer network of roads, railways and pipelines to transport oil and gas from Gwadar Port to Kashgar city, Northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
An official agreement on the corridor was signed between the two countries in May last year during Chinese President's historic visit to Pakistan.
The project links China's strategy to develop its western region with Pakistan's focus on boosting its economy, including the infrastructure construction of Gwadar Port, together with some energy cooperation and investment programmes.
It also involves road and railway construction including the upgradation of 1,300-km Karakoram Highway, the highest paved international road in the world which connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountains.
The CPEC will reduce China's routes of oil and gas imports from Africa and the Middle East by thousands of kilometers, making Gwadar a potentially vital link in China's supply chain.

CPEC, a fate changer: Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday reiterated that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor would not only serve as a ‘game-changer’ for Pakistan, but a ‘fate-changer’ for entire region.

Talking to Chairman SEP/SPIC Chinese Group Wand Yundan in Islamabad, he said the CPEC would help rid the region of economic deprivation and attain peace and prosperity.
The Prime Minister said CPEC was a new concept of diplomacy based on shared goals of prosperity for Pakistan and the region, and a project to eliminate poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment.
He highlighted the relationship between the two countries as all weather deep rooted friendship and said the two countries have always supported each other with a spirit based on trust and honesty.
Nawaz Sharif said the relation between the countries has become strategic with the culmination of CPEC that is not merely a strategic agreement between Pakistan and China, but also successful completion of their 65 years of friendship.
He said by working together, “We can bring peace and stability in the region through economic development of our people.
The chairman highly appreciated the economic and financial policies of the government that have contributed towards the economic turnaround of the country.
He said that the resolve and commitment of the government to make CPEC a success is highly commendable.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sharif strongly condemned the terrorist attack on district court in Mardan and said that terrorists shall not get space to hide in Pakistan.
In his message, the Prime Minister said these receding elements are showing frustration by attacking soft targets.
He said these cowardly attacks cannot shake our unflinching resolve in war against terrorism.
The Prime Minister expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace for the departed souls and grant of courage to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.
Earlier, Nawaz Sharif lauded the security forces for successfully foiling the terrorist attack in Peshawar’s Chritstian Colony.
Four suicide bombers were killed by the security forces during exchange of fire near Warsak Road yesterday.
In a statement, the Prime Minister said that enhanced ability and capacity of our security agencies including army, FC and police to promptly neutralize the terrorist attacks is highly appreciated.
He appreciated the efforts of the security officials for successfully neutralizing the terrorists without any loss of life and property of the people.
Also yesterday, Pakistan People’s Party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on a Mardan court and Christian Colony in Peshawar resulting in martyrdom of innocent people and injuries to law enforcing agencies.
In a statement, Bilawal said terrorists were targeting innocent people to scare the entire nation but pledged that country and the people are united against the cancer of extremism.
He expressed sympathies with those who lost their near and dear ones and asked the authorities for best possible medical treatment to those wounded in attacks.
He also saluted the security personnel who foiled the terror attack on Christian Colony, Peshawar and killed the armed terrorists on spot.