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CPEC-A Step towards Environmentally Sustainable Special Economic Zones

The roundtable conference titled “CPEC-A Step towards Environmentally Sustainable Special Economic Zones” was organized by Dr. Saleem Janjua, Policy head, Urban Development division, and team members on 25-05-0217 at Centre of Excellence-China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CoE-CPEC).

The Conference was structured into three sub sessions.

Session I-Environmental Opportunities and Challenges for success of Special Economic Zone (SEZs). The session was addressed by Dr.Uzaira Rafique, Dean Faculty, Sciences and Technology, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi.

Session II- Industry and Environment- Best Practices from the Globe The session was addressed by Mr. Irshad Ramay, Cordinator UNIDO, and National Cleaner Production Center.

Session III-Environmental Assessment Strategies-The way forward for Pakistan The session was addressed by Ms. Fauzia Malik, Regional Head, IUCN, and Islamabad, Pakistan

The roundtable conference concluded with a discussion among speakers and participants. The purpose was to put forward recommendations, so that SEZs are made green. From December 2016, SEZ are focus, and are now a provincial subject. The plan for them is now being unfolded, and based on local endowment, industry specific to each location are being assessed. The need of the hour is to plan and design Special economic zones that are environment friendly so that the long run sustainability is ensured. Environment should remain a top concern while development, since prevention is always better then cure. This is the right time to put up proposals to turn SEZs into green SEZs, and CPEC a green project.

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Participants of Round Table Conference on “CPEC-A Step towards Environmentally Sustainable Special Economic Zones”.

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