ECOSF Advocates Green Industrial Growth in Belt and Road Initiative Seminar

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In a session focused on Trade & Industrial Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Engr. Khalil Raza, Programme Manager - Energy & Climate at the ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), served as a panelist. The seminar, held on October 12th, 2023, centered around the theme "BRI: Paving the Path to Shared Prosperity " The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Hasan Mohammad Mohsin, Chief Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Islamabad

Engr. Raza, an invited speaker delivered his talk on ‘Greening the Belt and Road: The Vision for China-Pakistan Industrial Cooperation in Clean-Tech’. Mr. Raza emphasized the transformative potential of the strategic partnership between China and Pakistan within the Belt and Road Initiative, with a special focus on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). His talk highlighted the significant opportunities for greener industrial growth arising from the manufacturing capabilities of China and the market potential of Pakistan.

Other Panelists included:

  • Ghulam Samad, Senior Trade Economist, ADB/CAREC Institute China
  • Saud Bangash, Resident Director at the Pakistan Business Council, Islamabad
  • Miss Xiang Yang, HoD, China Study Center, NUST, Islamabad
  • Raja Aamer Iqbal, Ex-President RCCI Rawalpindi

Mr. Raza articulated a vision for the collaboration between China and Pakistan to pave the way for industrial transformative growth. His central message emphasized the importance of leveraging China's undisputed leadership in clean-tech for mutual benefit. Specifically, he highlighted China's prowess in clean tech industries, spanning from solar and wind to electric vehicles and lithium-ion batteries.

According to Mr. Raza, this collaboration has the potential to be a game-changer for Pakistan, provided the country strategically aligns its efforts. The imperative, as he emphasized, lies in establishing a robust manufacturing and industrial base. Such a foundation, built upon the strengths of both nations, could serve as a catalyst for economic productivity, job creation, and increased exports.

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