Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an entry for Pakistan into the global supply chain.

He was addressing inaugural session of the first Pakistan-China Forum on Higher Education, at Air University in Islamabad on Monday.

The event was jointly organized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Chinese Association of Higher Education.

The Minister said that the government is fully supportive of Higher Education Commission aimed at capacity building of existing higher education institutions to prepare suitable human resource for CPEC and promote cultural harmony between the two countries.

He appreciated the efforts of the Higher Education Commission for building CPEC University Alliance and CPEC Consortium of Business Schools.

Ahsan Iqbal said these efforts will help build collaborative linkages and intellectual connectivity which symbolize the spirit of CPEC.

He also welcomed Chinese scholars to Pakistan which he hoped will explore new avenues of mutual cooperation between the two countries.

On the occasion, the leader of the Chinese delegation, Ms. Xiaomei Wang, also highlighted the need for greater cooperation between the academia of the two countries.

The Executive Director of HEC, Dr Arshad Ali thanked the Minister for his wholehearted support for higher education, which he emphasized in not a goal but a pre-requisite in a knowledge-based economy.

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