‘CPEC Phase II will focus on industrialization, socioeconomic development, agriculture modernization & tourism promotion’

The results of this development would be very promising and they’ll help out technical education at the provincial level.


Federal Minister Asad Umar has said that 2020 will be the year where the benefits of CPEC will start to trickle into the productive sectors of the economy. He said that the first phase of CPEC (early harvest projects) addressed key infrastructure gaps in the economy with a focus on energy and transport bottlenecks.

More than 500,000 direct, as well as around one million indirect, jobs would be created by CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) in four SEZs (Special Economic Zones) to be set up in four provinces of Pakistan, including Sindh, Punjab, KPK and Balochistan.

The policy head of the department of job growth and human resource-based in Islamabad think-tank, Muhammad Muzammil Zia, working at the Ministry of Development, Planning, and Reform, mentioned that the second phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is going to bring a number of remarkable opportunities of jobs for people of Pakistan. 

Zia said, “We have conducted a study to assess employment opportunities in four out of nine SEZs including KP’s Rashakai, Sindh’s Dhabeji, Punjab’s Allama Iqbal and Balochistan’s Bostan, with the state-run National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) to find out potential jobs and industries in the SEZs.”

“We found out that the SEZs offer employments in different fields for which the local youth should be trained before the initiation of the industrial phase,” he further added.

The results of this development would be very promising and they’ll help out technical education at the provincial level, NAVTTC, and TEVTAs (Vocational Training Authorities) to equip people with skills in the particular area.
Zia also shared a few details of the possible industries in Special Economic Zones. As mentioned by him, food processing, textile, pharmaceutical, light engineering, chemicals, and steel are some of the possible industries to be set up in Allama Iqbal SEZ Punjab, and it is expected to create more than 250,000 direct jobs.

150,000 direct employments for KP:

Other than that, Rashakai SEZ in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has the potential to create approximately 150,000 direct employments. Some of the possible industries in KPK would be plastic and packing, light engineering, food processing, marble, steel, and gem and jewelry industries.
Additionally, Zia told us that with all these possible industries, Balochistan would most likely create 55,000 jobs for the local community with potential sectors of cooking oil, minerals, marble, automobile, electrical appliances, and agriculture.
Whereas, Dhabeji SEZ in Sindh is anticipated to produce 80,000 jobs with possible industries of pharmaceutical, food and beverages, automobile, electronics, and products related to plastic.

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