CPEC opening a path to prosperity and peace for Pakistan: Minister
ISLAMABAD, July 27 (Gwadar Pro)- Pakistani Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday afternoon drew attention to China's remarkable progress, attributing it to three fundamental pillars including political stability, policy continuity and peace.
Inaugurating a historic FUTURE E-Commerce Operations Center in partnership with China, he called upon the younger generation to embrace e-commerce and information technology as pivotal components of Pakistan's economic growth.
The event marks a significant milestone for Pakistan, as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and showcases the country's remarkable progress over the years.
"Political stability in China played a pivotal role in fostering an environment of peace, enabling the nation to channel its efforts towards growth and prosperity," he said, stressing the importance of policy continuity, as it had been instrumental in sustaining China's progress over the years. “No country could progress without a system that prioritized peace, stability and policy consistency.”
Ahsan Iqbal made a crucial point that no matter how qualified and exceptional the individuals in government may be, "political uncertainty, turmoil, or divisive politics hinder a country's path to success."
He urged for the prioritization of peace and stability above all else, as it formed the bedrock of a nation's strength.
In light of Pakistan's 75th anniversary of independence, the minister called for a collective embrace of unity and progress. "Learning from our nation's history, the current generation must acknowledge the significance of sustained policies,” he added.
By working together, the minister said Pakistan could move on the path of a stable and peaceful future, securing national prosperity.
He highlighted that CPEC became a global brand, attracting attention from major international players, including the United States, Britain, Japan, and Europe. The influx of foreign investment was a testament to Pakistan's potential for growth and development, he contended.
With the support of China, he mentioned, the country achieved significant milestones, including the addition of 11,000 megawatts of electricity in just three and a half years, transforming the energy landscape of Pakistan.