Islamabad paper on “CPEC in Balochistan Impact and Prospects”

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Abstract
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a source of new avenues of opportunities for Balochistan ─ the largest province of Pakistan in terms of area. Balochistan with regards to its geographical location is pivotal for CPEC since Gwadar has central position in the entire project. It is believed that the project would potentially contribute to the development of the whole province and is likely to address its interlinked economic and social problems. This paper is an attempt to highlight challenges being faced by Balochistan and would analyse how CPEC would be significant for the development of the province. The paper concludes that although CPEC provides a plethora of opportunities for the people of Balochistan, nevertheless comprehensive planning needs to be carried out for the smooth execution of the CPEC projects.

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