KARACHI: The political and economic growth dividend brought by the "One Belt One Road" initiative would be unprecedented said Pakistan's Ambassador to China Masood Khalid and asserted that all political parties and sections of society are very supportive of the construction of One Belt One Road.
From Asia Pacific region to South Asia and from Middle East to Europe, "One Belt One Road" aims at strengthening cooperation between countries along the belt and road to realize the goal of policy coordination, connectivity of infrastructure, trade and investment facilitation, people to people exchange and so on.
Ambassador Masood Khalid in an interview with mass circulated the People's Daily newspaper that appeared Friday in Beijing reiterated the firm support of Pakistani government and society to "One Belt One Road".
Last April, during Chinese President Xi's visit to Pakistan, the two sides identified the 1+4 cooperation layout, including the construction of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Gwadar Port, Energy, Infrastructure, Industrial cooperation.
The construction of CPEC has achieved steady progress this year, he said adding that CPEC is becoming an important platform for deepening the two countries' concrete cooperation and reality of the flagship project of One Belt One Road.
To date, Pakistan government has identified 29 industrial parks. Among them, initially the free trade zone of Haier-Ruba industrial park, phase two, and free trade zone of Gwadar will be launched. Other industrial parks will be decided by both sides through mutual consultations.
Ambassador Masood Khalid expressed hope that these industrial parks will be along the entire route of CPEC and thus lead to the whole economic development of Pakistan.