LAHORE - The proposed “New Economic City” project will prove to be the ‘island of economic transformation’ if executed in true spirit.

This was stated by Shah Faisal Afridi, President Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, during a joint visioning session held at PCJCCI. The discussion session was held especially with a delegation from Planning and Development department to exchange views and opinions regarding a mega project named as “New Economic City”. The project approved by government is planned to be started under the auspices of The Urban unit of Punjab Planning and Development department.

The delegation comprised of Samita Khawar, Director Public Sector and Government Practice, Ali Agha, Project Manager, Nadeem Khursheed, Senior Urban Planning Specialist and Chinese Consultants Richard Wang and Jermaine Liao, who were especially hired for the project of New Economic City. Other dignitaries present in the discussion were Saleh M. Ameen, CEO Watts Engineering Services, Khawaja Waheed, Director Watts Engineering Services and Moazzam Ghurki, CEO Intuit Pvt. Ltd.

Shah Faisal Afridi suggested that the project should be linked with CPEC so as to shape it up as a logical dry port of Gawader. He observed that Chinese investors would become active players into the project, as there is a vast scope of industrial relocation in sectors such as textile, construction material and machinery, food, livestock, dairy, mineral and gemstones, handicrafts, insurance and many more from China. At the same time, Pakistani workforce is eager to learn from Chinese experience, therefore; a Pak-China training center should also be established within the NEC. He suggested to undertake sustained efforts at both public and private sector for the successful execution of the project. Various propositions and suggestions were exchanged during the session and it was jointly agreed that Chinese technology and Pakistani labor and raw material resources, if amalgamated can bring sustainable development in this project. Moreover, it was observed that government should focus to fill in the communication gaps between Chinese and Pakistani investors and for this, help desks should be organized and specialized persons should be deputed for catering the queries.