Webinar lauds role of BRI during COVID-19 pandemic

ISLAMABAD – Speakers at a webinar said said yesterday that Pakistan fully recognizes China’s irreplaceable efforts and contributions to the world’s fight against the epidemic.

According tothe report, the speakers also lauded the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for playing an active role against the pandemic while speaking at the International Forum on New Inclusive Asia 2020 on the theme of “BRI Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Changing Reality and the Way Forward”.

Major General Syed Khalid Amir Jaffery HI(M), (R), President of Center for Global and Strategic Studies (CGSS), stressed that BRI started by President Xi Jinping in 2013 has helped to overcome such challenges and offered numerous opportunities for sustainable development across the countries participating in this initiative.

“Destruction of global supply chain, restriction of border policy, travel limitations, financial & business systems which slow down due to the pandemic have influenced the projects under the BRI framework.

Nevertheless, China has become the first country in the world to quickly get recovered from the adverse impact of Covid-19, which reflects the region is optimistic to find global solutions to the global problems,” he said.

Hassan Daud Butt, CEO of KP Board of Investment & Trade, argued that BRI is a strong pillar of hope at this challenging time, especially for Asia as it promises a bright future for Asia and the world as well.

He proposed the establishment of a health fund to support less developed countries such as Pakistan and the development of pharmaceutical and financial sector mechanisms to respond to any epidemic or crisis facing the BRI countries.

Prof. Dr. Shabir Ahmad Khan, Director of Area Study Center (Russia, China & Central Asia), University of Peshawar stated that while the epidemic brings multiple challenges, it also brings opportunities.