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SENATOR MUSHAHID HUSSAIN TERMS ECONOMIC CORRIDOR ‘A FACTOR OF NATIONAL UNITY’

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ISLAMABAD:(APS)Dec 15,2015- Senator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, addressed the Inaugural Session of an international conference on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, held in Islamabad today. Organized jointly by the National University of Modern Languages and Xinjiang Normal University, the conference convenes for two days in Islamabad, followed by two days in Urumqi, and addresses the strategic impact of the CPEC on regional development.

Rector NUML, Maj. Gen. (R) Zia-ud-din Najam, spoke on the necessity for bridging the cultural gaps between nations by addressing the language barrier. He highlighted the work of NUML in this regard as the country’s top most institution for language learning and teaching, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, discussed the importance of human resource development in multiple areas to ensure the success of the Economic Corridor, and also emphasized the need to create social, political and cultural harmony among neighboring countries.

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Senator Mushahid Hussain, in his Keynote Address, highlighted Pakistan’s centrality to the current politico-economic transformation across the world and identified three new realities critical to understanding it as well as appreciating Pakistan’s role in these global changes. First, the shift in global political and economic power from the West to the East, which is ushering in an Asian Century led by the peaceful rise of China, a rise which is a source of strength for small and medium sized countries such as Pakistan. Second, the emergence of a new regionalism driven by economy and energy and manifesting physically in the form of ports and pipelines, roads and railways; this, he stated, had led to the emergence of a greater South Asia that also included China, Southeast Asian countries and Central Asia, and at the heart of which lies the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.  Third, Pakistan’s role in the 21st century and the opportunity afforded to it in the form of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor; he emphasized that the CPEC is not a mere physical linkage but constitutes a comprehensive and holistic concept which will give impetus to Pakistan’s development in cooperation with China, as well as drive regional connectivity and cooperation.

Senator Mushahid stated that the Economic Corridor was above any single party, any single province or region, and any single government, as it is a strategic national project. Terming it a factor of national unity, he said it would weave together the fabric of Pakistan. He also emphasized that the smallest and most underdeveloped regions of the country should be among the very first beneficiaries of the CPEC.

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