The Centre of Gravity is shifting from west to east and Pakistan due to its geographical and geopolitical location will be a key player in the future of world politics and world economy.
China’s world-reshaping Belt and Road Initiative (One Road Initiative -OBOR/The Belt and Road Initiative-BRI) is the Silk Road of Economic Belt of the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road which is a development strategy with trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade. More than 100 countries and international organizations have joined OBOR and over 40 of them have cooperation agreements with China. Under OBOR, six economic corridors over 65 countries are being planned. Combined GDP of BRI countries is $ 23 Trillion, and the estimated cost is 26 trillion for 63 % of the World population with combined population is 4.4 billion.
With an initial cost of $46 billion China investment for CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor), Pakistan is one big beneficiary of OBOR.
BRI/CEPEC is not merely a development project but a concept which will change the world landscape. There is an extensive debate going on the benefits/window of opportunity and concern about China’s hegemony and our national interest.
In order to analyze the OBOR/CEPEC through evidence-based notion, A three-day long seminar/workshop course on CPEC/OBOR/BRI has been arranged by RIPP in collaboration with Gallup Pakistan from January 29th-31st, 2018 at RIPP, Riphah-ETB Campus, Islamabad ( 9 AM to 5 PM). The objective of the short course is to highlight a various aspect of OBOR/CEPEC in context with geopolitical, socioeconomic dynamics and Pakistan’s national narrative.
Prof. Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gilani, Chairman, Gallup (Political Scientist) will be the main speaker of the course/seminar,
Any faculty member/SU member if interested to attend the above workshop course/seminar may communicate his/her name by 26th January 2018.