Pakistan needs more attention towards human resources development

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Sargodha: Being in the midst of fourth industrial revolution, Pakistan needs to pay more attention towards the development of its human resources to not only draw maximum benefits from ongoing China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) but to have its niche in the largely-changed regional power setup.
This was said by Ambassador (retd) Fouzia Nasreen while delivering a lecture on ‘Emerging Strategic Contours of South Asian Politics’ at Sargodha University on Monday. The lecture was the part of a series of distinguished guest lectures jointly organized by Pakistan Institute of China Studies (PICS) and the Department of Politics and International Relations, Sargodha University.
In his opening remarks, Director PICS Dr Fazal-ur-Rahman said that distinguished guest lectures series was aimed at enriching knowledge and understanding of the students and young faculty members of the University about political, economic and social scenario of the region while its main focus was to acquaint the concerned with various aspects of CEPC, importance of Afghanistan peace process, ups and downs in the bilateral relations of Pakistan and India and interests of great powers attached with the region.
During her lecture, Fouzia Nasreen briefed that in post-cold war era, political dynamics have rapidly changed where South Asia has emerged as a major power center with two nuclear powers previously allied with two opposite poles of the world. Presence of great powers including Russia and China has challenged the dominance of America in the region which is now misusing India to contain China and secure its global strategic interests, she added.
South Asia is facing multi-dimensional security challenges which have not allowed economic and strategic interests to take precedence in matters of policy and development, she said adding, that in this situation, South Asian countries need to systematically address bilateral as well as multilateral issues and conflicts to be able to pursue economic development-oriented policies instead of security-oriented policies.
She was of the opinion that US-initiated ongoing trade war against China would affect the regional economic landscape to some extent as the region is the center of some grand composite projects like CPEC. Secondly, the countries like US, Japan and Australia have agreed to invest in infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific to address development challenges, increase connectivity, and promote economic growth in a move seen as a counter to BRI and rising influence in the region.
The former Ambassador concluded by laying stress on development of human resources, youth empowerment, familiarization with science and technology and better understanding of Chinese culture and development models to fully utilize the grand project – CPEC.
It may be added here that this was the second lecture of the series which was attended by Incharge Department of Politics and International Relations Dr Muhammad Azam, students of Politics, IR, History and Pakistan Studies and a number of faculty members.

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