By Arif Qureshi
Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said implementation of the development agenda is possible with global and regional cooperation, and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an example of this cooperation. He suggested that South-South cooperation should be examined further to have its better outcomes. “Systemic monitoring machinery as well as capacity building is also required to implement SDGs,” he maintained. Zahid Hamid has said that the government’s Vision 2025 has seven pillars and 25 goals and these goals are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which means Pakistan is now in line with the United Nations 2030 agenda. Zahid Hamid said this while speaking 19th Sustainable Development Conference on theme of “Sustainable Development: Envisaging the Future Together” organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here at a local hotel in Islamabad.
Chairman Board of Investment Dr. Miftah Ismail has said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would promote economic integration and regional connectivity for development and prosperity in the region. And after completion of CPEC, $150 billion investment would be brought by Chinese investors in Pakistan. He said work also underway on Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan India (TAPI) gas Pipeline while CASA 1000 also focused to meet need of energy in the country. Chairman BoI said all the provinces and regions have equal shared opportunity for infrastructural development and industrial growth through CPEC which will provide employment opportunities and prosperity in the Pakistan.
Earlier, speaking at the inaugural session of the conference, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz called for South-South collaboration for regional peace, prosperity in the region. He highlighted the importance of regional and international cooperation for implementation of newly-set targets of SDGs. He proposed more investment, adoption of new technologies, capacity building and identification of barriers to achieve the targets of SDGs and Vision 2025 of Pakistan. While chairing the inaugural session of conference, Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said government’s Vision 2025 has seven pillars and 25 goals and these goals are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Executive Director, SDPI Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said this conference provides a platform to evaluate and learn what we have done wrong to avoid these mistakes in future. He added, “We have gathered here to reiterate and reaffirm our commitment to a shared and sustainable future.” He stressed on the importance of cooperation for the development and said that today challenges are global and can’t be resolved individually.