European Institute for Asian Studies
Balochistan: Key to Regional Socio-Economic Development and Connectivity
  • Start11:30 AM - Sep 25 2017
  • End01:00 PM - Sep 25 2017
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • + 32 2 230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org

Programme

11:00-11:30

Registration 

11:30-11:40

Introduction by the Chair

 

Mr Erik Famaey, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

11:40-12:15

Keynote Address

 

H.E. Mr Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Governor of Balochistan

12:15-12:55

Q&A

12:55-13:00

Closing Remarks

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

13:00

Networking Lunch

Balochistan: Key to Regional 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.

His Excellency The Honourable Muhammad Khan Achakzai is the 22nd Governor of Balochistan province. He commenced his five year tenure on June 13, 2013. After completing his Bachelors in Punjab University, he completed a Masters in Economics from Strathclyde University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. On completion of his academic career, His Excellency joined Government College Quetta, as lecturer and was later appointed as Associate professor in University of Balochistan. Afterwards he joined and served the Planning Commission, Islamabad, until retirement.


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. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and in particular the rapid development of Gwadar Port City, will open up new avenues for Balochistan

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