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As many as 27 projects have been identified for joint cooperation in socio-economic component of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Out of these 27 projects, 17 are fast track projects and ten are priority projects in the socio-economic component of CPEC and have been agreed by China and Pakistan.
The socio-economic component has been categorised in the various sectors, i.e, agriculture, education, medical, poverty alleviation, water supply and vocational education etc.
China-Pakistan Joint Agriculture Technology Laboratory, provision of agricultural equipment and tools, China-Pakistan Joint Agricultural Demonstration Station, Bacterial Grass (JunCao) Technology Training and Promotion Project and Pakistan Agricultural Vocational Training are projects in agriculture sector.
Provision of advanced teaching equipment for primary and secondary schools project, smart classroom project for higher education, maintenance and renovation for approximately 50 schools in newly merged districts, overseas student scholarship programme are included in the education sector.
Provision of medical equipment and materials, Gwadar hospital project, provision of vaccine storage & transportation equipment, "Brightness Journey" in Pakistan, burn center projects, China-Pakistan Joint Telemedicine network, medical emergency centers in Balochistan are part of medical sector of the socio-economic component.
The poverty alleviation projects are Balochistan solar powered lighting equipment, poverty alleviation training courses, provision of emergency relief supplies for ehanching NDMA disaster preparedness capacity at Islamabad and Karachi, China-Pakistan rural poverty reduction joint research project.
Drinking water supply equipment and Gwadar desalination plant are included in water supply sector.
Pakistan vocational schools equipment, upgrading & renovation project, Pakistan vocational & technical education capacity buildup project (Teacher Training), Gwadar vocational & technical school project, cooperative project with Pak-Austria Faehhochsehule: Institute of Applies Sciences & Technology and Punjab-Tianjin University Technology Project are part of vocational training sector.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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