Shah Faisal Afridi proposes to create a Pak-China Knowledge Corridor parallel with joint Economic Corridor

Lahore, November 05, 2015 (PPI-OT): President Pak China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Shah Faisal Afridi has proposed to create a Pak-China Knowledge Corridor parallel with the joint Economic Corridor for exchange of the expert knowledge between the two friendly nations. In a press statement issued here today he observed that the Chinese research and knowledge could highly be useful in the economic and social development of Pakistan. The use of research and experience based knowledge along with the education is a point to be understood for the economic growth worldwide, he added.

He said that Shared Knowledge in areas of expertise such as products, services, research and innovation, infrastructure, digital technology, social and cultural studies would uphold the One Region, One Corridor Strategy of both countries. Afridi pointed that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) could be regarded as the foundation of this Knowledge corridor that would mark the areas in which Pak-China Knowledge collaboration would be significant.

Afridi said that The Knowledge Corridor would be a home to enviable assets and many strong areas of talent and workforce development. The Knowledge Corridor is aptly named for multiple reasons that are intended to help the region expand having a world‐class talent development system to match its industries, colleges, universities, companies, and hospitals, added Afridi.

Faisal Afridi believed that if increased knowledge collaboration, scaled program implementation, and expanded resources can be pooled together, the Knowledge Corridor region has the building blocks to achieve an ambitious vision for talent and workforce development where; Talent is created, attracted and retained at levels competitive with other leading regional economies and where Upward economic mobility is a reality and opportunities are available for all.

Faisal Afridi regarded Inclusive public involvement as an important part of this project, with a focus on engaging under-represented communities in discussions about the opportunities and obstacles to create an equitable and sustainable future for country’s cities, towns and neighborhoods.

Afridi urged government to initiate consultation with the stakeholders of industry and academia for creation of a viable plan for Pak-China Knowledge Corridor before the next election. He acknowledged the present government had developed the most cordial relations with China that had paved way for easy and speedy collaboration with the two friendly nations in all walks of life. Therefore, this is the most conducive situation at present to create Pak-China Knowledge Corridor, which would prove to be a paradigm shift towards economic and social development of Pakistan by producing innovative sources of new employments.

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Wardah Ali Gohar
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