European Institute for Asian Studies
Balochistan: Emerging Hub of Development and Connectivity
  • Start11:00 AM - May 03 2017
  • End12:30 PM - May 03 2017
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • + 32 2 230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org

Programme

10:30-11:00

Registration and Balochistan Photo Exhibition Visit

11:00-11:10

Introduction by the Chair

 

Mr Eddy Laurijssen, Board Member, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

11:10-11:40

Keynote Address

 

Mr Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, Chief Minister of Balochistan

11:40-12:20

Q&A

12:20-12:30

Closing Remarks

H.E. Ms Naghmana Hashmi, Ambassador of Pakistan to the EU, the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

12:30

Networking Lunch

Balochistan: Emerging Hub of Socio-Economic Development and Connectivity  

Balochistan, located on the intersection of the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia, has the potentialof becoming a regional hub for trade in goods and energy with its strategic location making it pivotal both for the East-West and North-South trade routes. While poor connectivity and access issues have hampered development so far, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and in particular the rapid development of Gwadar Port City, will open up new avenues for Balochistan, contributing to the development of the province and addressing its socio-economic challenges.

The federal government is also financing and implementing a number of projects in Balochistan to address major gaps in infrastructure as well as human development indicators in the province. To this end, the government is establishing Free Trade Zones and Special Economic Zones in the province that will underpin Balochistan’s prospects to become an attractive destination for foreign and domestic investment.

Other multilateral lending agencies are also active in the region, such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which has been active funding road upgrade and integrated water resources management projects; as well as the newly formed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), of which Pakistan is a founding member and which is hoped will play a major role in boosting infrastructure networks for the common development of the region. 


Balochistan, located on the intersection of the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia, has the potential of becoming a regional hub for trade in goods and energy with its strategic location making it pivotal both for the East-West and North-South trade routes.



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