China Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ) as visualized and agreed upon between Pakistan & China in 2013 was supposed to be a game changer particularly for Pakistan a much under developed country compared to China which has become the second largest economy of the world and posing a threat to super power , the United States .
The progress made by China especially in the last 25 – 30 years in almost all spheres has been phenomenal.
The friendly cooperation extended by China encompasses and addresses almost all the socio-economic aspects of Pakistan from integrated transport including rail , road , port , air and data communication channels to energy production , setting up of industries & industrial parks , agricultural development , medical treatment , education , water supply , vocational training , tourism , human resource development and financial cooperation , with an ultimate aim of improving the lives of people of the two countries and Pakistan in particular .
Except for the period ending 2018 , the zeal and enthusiasm in the envisaged bilateral pact has slowed down primarily due to Pakistan’s lethargic attitude in seizing the golden opportunity offered by China .
The slow progress in passing timely necessary legislation from the National Assembly by the incumbent government is deplorable. And the fact that the CPEC Authority is virtually ” headless ” for the last six months is even more shocking as revealed in the national assembly the other day .
Our powers should be accountable for such a disgusting state of affairs . The government is solely responsible for having failed to inject momentum into implementation of CPEC projects and their completion on time .
It is high time we put our acts to together and send a positive signal to China by positively responding to its great offer of helping us . We need to be proactive and shun apathy . We will be great losers if we don’t .
The government needs to seize this golden opportunity and make best use of the great Chinese offer that is going to be a game changer for Pakistan which is struggling hard to survive in almost all fields .
Engr Riaz Bhutta