PESHAWAR - The Institute of Architects of Pakistan Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter announced holding a three-day international conference on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project in Peshawar during the current week.

The announcement was made by IAP KP Chairman Mansoor Ahmad while addressing a news conference at press club on Monday. He said that the IAP organised mega exhibitions during the last three years in the province.

He said that the conference would be titled, “CPEC: Our way forward”. The conference would be held from November 17 to 19. Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the chief minister are also expected to attend the event, he added.

Ahmad further said that building material and technology exhibition would also be part of the conference, adding that besides the president of Arch Asian organisation, additional chief secretary, representatives from Chinese embassy in Islamabad, district nazim Peshawar, DG PDA and other officials, a large number of renowned architects from Karachi, Lahore and other parts of the country would participate in the event.

He also said that experts would present different research papers to highlight significance of the multi-billion dollars CPEC project while opportunities as well as advantages or disadvantages of the project would also be part of discussion during the three-day conference.

“The youth play important role in development of the country, so a three-day training workshop would also be organised on sideline of the conference for selected students of architecture schools from across the country”, he said. Similarly, a painting competition on Pak China friendship will be organised along with different educational, technical and sports activities, Ahmad said. He added that pictorial and posters competition regarding Pak-China friendship would also be conducted between students of fine art department.

The association chairman said that the IAP KP took part in clean and green campaign in Peshawar besides setting up culture heritage council, organising a seminar on beautification of Peshawar, collaboration with Archaeology Department KP for heritage tribal project as biggest achievements of the institute in the province.

As per the directives of the chief minister, he said, a working group was constituted on CPEC in 2015, which had presented several recommendations for making effective role of architects in various government departments, he added.