Three-Day Workshop at NUML: Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) and CPEC

By Zara Mansoor.

The focal person of the workshop, Mam Saadia Niazi is going to arrange a three day workshop at NUML (Islamabad). It will be all related to the present development of projects like BRI and CPEC. These two projects are having a great significance in the present time and everyone needs to find its proper details like what impacts will it create on Pakistan’s economy and on infrastructure?

The conventional wisdom of trade and economic integration of states has changed with the new dynamics of economic cooperation at regional and global level. The forces of globalization in twenty first century have created an economic competition among states.

Chinese New Silk Road (NSR) diplomacy came up with its revolutionary idea of Belt and Road initiative (BRI) trying to refurbish the conventional relations of Old Silk Road which was a political, social, economic and cultural link between the states of diverse cultural backgrounds. The multifaceted values of NSR, in this way, attempt to restore the traditional values in contemporary world politics through new narratives of NSR i.e pipelines, roads, railways, and maritime linkages like ports.

In 2013, Chinese President came up with the idea of “Silk Road Economic Belt” later on developed into BRI. The BRI is Chinese acquisitions in more than 70 countries of Asia, Europe, and Africa, with an open invitation for others to join, officially linked to President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy. The BRI provides a visionary blueprint for even global economic development in the new world order. The two international investment strategies Land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt” and Seagoing “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” evoke China’s historical connections with the Western world to promote economic cooperation across Asia.

Complex and profound changes are taking place in the world and the BRI offers a modern-day solution that fosters inclusive growth and development in the 21st century. The frame work of BRI revolves around win-win situation, which would promote common development and prosperity. BRI would foster a road toward peace and friendship by enhancing mutual understanding and trust, and strengthening all-around exchanges among states. The BRI Cooperation Priorities define as five major goals i.e, policy coordination, facilitated connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds. BRI consists of six vibrant economic corridors:

  1. Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC)
  2. China-Indo-China Peninsula Economic Corridor (CICP-EC)
  3. China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor (CMR-EC)
  4. New Eurasian Land Bridge (NELB)
  5. China-Central and West Asia Economic Corridor (CCWA-EC)
  6. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (C-PEC)

All corridors indicate China’s shaping and influencing of future international relations in the coming decades covering more than 70 states. BRI also involves countless other initiatives such as 16+1 Initiative for Cooperation between China-Central East Europe and Chinese institutions and the Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank (AIIB).

Aims and Objectives:

In order to understand geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the BRI for world as a whole and particularly for Pakistan through CPEC, and to understand the complex international relations and regional complexity, this workshop will provide an opportunity to the young academicians, researchers, bureaucrats, politicians, government officials, journalists, businessmen, army officers, students; and all the stake holders to understand the dynamics of BRI and  C-PEC,  through  fruitful debate  on  core  questions  for  scholars  and practitioners regarding these corridors. This will serve as a platform as well as a wide opportunity to the concerned to elucidate various dimensions of BRI network encompassing political, economic, strategic, cultural and social implications through diversity of arguments, discussions, debate and knowledge based sessions.

Target Audience:

The workshop is designed to cater to the information needs of academicians, researchers, bureaucrats, politicians, government officials, journalists, businessmen, retired army officers, (relevant) students; and all the stake holders wanting to know more of BRI and its related development in the region.

Outcomes:

At the conclusion, Three-Days Workshop will enable the participants:

  1. To comprehend the phenomenon of “The New Silk Roads” and “Strategic Significance of BRI”.
  2. To understand the Complex Economic Implications of the BRI on World Politics in general and particularly in South Asian Region.
  3. To highlight the Security and Political dynamics of BRI.
  4. It will also enable the participants to recognize the complex imperatives of Maritime Silk Road and effects on Energy Security.
  5. To comprehend the significance of the foremost project of BRI i.e CPEC.

Join us at this three day workshop to get the full details related to these projects from the renowned persons who will be joining us at the workshop as Chief guests.

About Author:

“Zara Mansoor is a student of media studies and based in Islamabad. She is an article writer, blogger and contributes to various magazines. She can be reached at zaroomansoor9@gmail.com

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