Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai on Sunday inaugurated China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Centre of Excellence at Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS).
Balochistan is a resource-rich province of Pakistan but faces many menaces including poverty, illiteracy and no scientific and technological advancement in comparison with other regions of the country. CPEC should be a game changer for the province fate and hence this Center of Excellence at Quetta is a positive step ahead.
Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese Foundation of Peace and Development Mr. Wang Hua, Vice Chancellor BUITEMS Engineer Farooq Bazai, VC KHuzdar Engineering University Dr. Professor Dr. Ahsan Kakar, VC Loralai University Dr. Maqsood and other experts in the field of education were present on the occasion.
“CPEC will connect Pakistan with all developing and developed nations and this connectivity is the central point of this very project. In this regard, Gwadar holds key importance in connecting the Central Asian and African countries and making them shareholders in the process of peace and development.”, Governor Balochistan said.
He said that China didn’t lag behind from any country in the field of information technology and interestingly China has introduced her system of artificial intelligence on competitive grounds. He said that China, hence, can play a role to introduce the industry of robots in the region.
First ever CPEC Center of Excellence was established at Islamabad, a couple of years back, it aims to provide;
- Research-based, Independent policy think tank on CPEC.
- Policy-based research guidance to Federal and Provincial Governments and implementers of CPEC Projects
- To enable efficient coordinated implementations, with maximum benefits to both economies and society at large
It is often pointed out by different commentators and analysts that Pakistan is not doing the necessary homework to take full advantage of opportunities opening up due to monumental CPEC project.
Last year, Pakistan Council on China (PCC) hosted its annual forum on the prospects and challenges of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Islamabad.
The main purpose of the CPEC Center of Excellence project is to fill policy gaps but they are struggling to perform their core tasks even two years after its establishment due to misplaced priorities of the government.