October 05, 2016
President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), President AKIA, Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Wednesday said needless secrecy and unilateral decisions can hurt the biggest project in the history of the region.
Those who are raising objections on different facets of CPEC should not be threatened but taken into confidence so that the fate changing project can be completed well in time, he said.
Mian Zahid Hussain said that small provinces should be taken on board and their reservations should be tackled properly as soon as possible.
He said that despite global recession and slowdown in major economics the CPEC will create seven hundred thousand jobs while it will as 2 to 2.5 percent to the national GDP.
This project is worth seventeen percent of the Pakistan’s GDP which will result in rapid growth but it require solidarity and satisfaction of Chinese government as well as local and international investors, he observed.
The veteran business leader said that our politicians should know that there is a limit to the patience of Chinese therefore we must shun differences.
Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa raised the issue of western route of CPEC during the recently held All Parties Conference which should be enough to judge the severity of the situation while questions regarding benefit to Balochistan and its people are also being asked.
Provinces should be taken on board immediately otherwise the tensions between provinces and centre will frustrate investors and benefit the enemies of the corridor, he warned.