Beijing:Prime Minister Imran Khan on proposed to create multi-lingual digital platforms for connecting producers, consumers, and skilled job-seekers under umbrella of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Prime Minister Imran Khan said while addressing Second Belt and Road Forum Session-I Leaders’ Roundtable.
China is a great success of the modern age, achieving sustained growth, transforming society, improving the quality of life of a billion people, premier said adding that transformation is due to the wisdom of China’s leadership and the hard work of the Chinese people.
Khan said that President Xi Jinping had now given the BRI vision to break barriers, connect people, integrate economies and share prosperity.
“Pakistan is privileged to have been an early partner of China and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a collection of projects in road, rail, energy and other fields, aimed at overcoming constraints and achieving growth.
He said: We are building highways, modernizing railroads, setting up power plants, establishing a port, and establishing Special Economic Zones. And a new port is connecting regions and eventually continents.
The connectivity of Gwadar Port with China’s Xinjiang region will provide a shorter route for China’s imports compared to the South China Sea, reduce the cost for Chinese companies, and develop western China as well.
I feel that to further boost connectivity and benefits under the BRI umbrella, we should consider further areas of digital Connectivity and better sharing of information about business opportunities and lowest prices.He asked to focus on mobility of labour and transfer of skills for cost-effectiveness.
He stressed on cultural links to assist the development of tourism which increases jobs and small businesses. He also emphasized on knowledge and Innovation Connectivity to share best practices from BRI countries.
For Pakistan, with its young population, future lies in developing skills and integration with the global economy, premier said and suggested BRI countries to establish a BRI Tourism Corridor for cultural and tourism exchanges.
He also proposed to develop programmes for improving the skills of labour from labour surplus countries to assist the labour-deficient countries.
Connectivity has been a part of our heritage and CPEC is giving it modern shape in the 21st Century, he said.