Second phase of CPEC will allow Pakistan to collaborate with 60 other BRI countries

The solutions are available, but it will depend on Pakistan as a nation to set targets and benefit from the given opportunities

The second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been launched which will open new doors for Pakistan. Pakistan will be able to collaborate with 60 other countries partnered in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Improved connectivity:

‘National Agriculture and Food Security in Pakistan’ held a meeting at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), where experts said that CPEC would provide the roadmap for further strengthening ties with China and collaborating with 60 other BRI countries.

The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan attended an event held in collaboration with Pakistan Agriculture Scientists Forum (PAS Forum). He said that we have to focus on developing Pakistan’s agriculture sector, which offers enormous prospects of growth and trade by collaborating with partners at the right time.

Agricultural sectors:

Dr. Azeem Khan provided a clear picture of the agricultural industry and insisted that productivity through international trade and affiliation would secure Pakistan’s food security concerns. He also addressed the productivity of various potential sub-sectors of agriculture.

Dr. Azeem pointed out that Pakistan was a food exporting country till 2013 but now has become a food importing country. He said that CPEC’s second phase offers an excellent opportunity to help the agriculture sector to recover.

The solutions are available, but it will depend on Pakistan as a nation to set targets and benefit from the given opportunities.

Many experts at the event spoke on the issue at Pakistan Agriculture Scientists Forum which included University of Haripur Vice-Chancellor (VC) and Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) ex-chairman Professor Dr. Anwar-ul-Hasan Gilani, Faisalabad University of Agriculture Professor Dr. Amanullah Malik, IPS Executive President Khalid Rahman, and PAS Forum President Dr. Abdul Wakeel.

Experts also emphasized that combinations of different products being produced alongside the CPEC routes boast significant prospects.

There is considerable potential for the production and export of fodder, edible oils, and palm oil, whereas pulses and oilseeds are some other lucrative areas that can be invested in.

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