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Talk by Dr Safdar (PDRA, Centre of Development Studies) on 'The China Pakistan economic corridor: progress, opportunities and perils'

When Feb 07, 2020
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Webb Library, West Court, Jesus College
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Cambridge Central Asia In collaboration with the China Centre, Jesus College, University of Cambridge and GCRF COMPASS Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge invites you to a talk by 

Dr Tayyab Safdar (Post Doctoral Researcher in the Centre of Development Studies)

on 

The China Pakistan economic corridor: progress, opportunities and perils

 

Abstract: 

The Belt and Road Initiative continues to evolve and expand, and to date China has signed 197 documents on BRI cooperation with 137 countries and 30 international organisations. 

Under the umbrella of the BRI, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been heralded as a significant 'pilot project' by Chinese as well as Pakistani policymakers. Of the five constituent Economic Corridors of the Belt, CPEC is the only bilateral corridor and is at an advanced stage of construction, with multiple projects in the energy and transport sectors either completed or in advanced stages of construction.

This lecture seeks to unpack what it means for CPEC to be the 'pilot project' of the BRI. Dr Safdar will do this by looking at the progress of CPEC related projects in the transport and energy sector as well as the expansion of cooperation in other areas as CPEC enters its second phase. Using primary evidence, he will also look at the economic and political implications of increasing Chinese investment in Pakistan.

Lastly, as cooperation between the two countries evolves, Dr Safdar will consider whether developing countries like Pakistan can take advantage of the deeper interaction with Chinese policymakers and firms. It is especially important for developing countries that seek to use Chinese investment and know-how to effect structural change in the economy, especially as the state's capacity to implement an activist industrial policy has been hollowed out under decades of neo-liberal reforms.

Before joining the Centre of Development Studies, Dr Tayyab Safdar was an LSE Fellow at the Department of International Development, London School of Economics. He completed his PhD and MPhil in Development Studies from the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge where his doctoral research focused on the effects of economic globalisation on agro-industrial value chains in developing countries.

 

Everyone is welcome.