China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) of the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) in collaboration with Centre for Peace, Development & Reforms (CPDR) organized Launch of a Report titled “CPEC in Azad Jammu & Kashmir: A Gateway to Regional Connectivity & Beyond” on March 10, 2020. Authored by Sabur Ali Sayyed, an Islamabad-based researcher and development practitioner and published by CPDR, the report provides a comprehensive overview of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC projects) in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), including Karot and Kohala hydropower projects, construction of M-4 motorway, and a Special Economic Zone at Mirpur.
Honorable Raja Farooq Haider, Prime Minister of Azad Jammu & Kashmir was the Chief Guest at the occasion.
In his introductory remarks, Dr. Talat Shabbir, Director CPSC, commended the author for producing a high-quality report that highlights economic potential of AJK and opportunities for connectivity under the CPEC initiative. He said that the launch of the report is in line with the vision of CPSC, i.e., to facilitate policy dialogue and interaction amongst stakeholders for strengthening Pakistan-China relations.