According to the latest news, a conference titled “Role of CPEC to develop SEZs, SMEs and Human Resources” was held where the speakers spoke about the significance of promoting and developing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in order to make the most of the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor). The conference was organised by the CPEC Excellence Centre and the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI).
There was need to create a winning situation for both Pakistan and China, the speakers highlighted. In place of competition, there is need to complement one another, they emphasized.
Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform Secretary stated that some forces seek to break the years long relationship between the two countries.
“People and governments of the two countries are standing like a rock and are determined to move forward. No doubt, China is having business interests in CPEC, but it must be realised that it is providing equal opportunities to Pakistan from which the country can benefit a lot.”
Ghazanfar Bilour, FPCCI President, also highlighted the role of industrial development, businesses and SMEs in Pakistan’s progress on the whole.
“CPEC provides an opportunity to Pakistan to develop its SME sector and secure jobs for the youth.”