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Pakistan advised to take full advantage of CPEC.

PESHAWAR -- Speakers at a two-day policy dialogue, unanimously endorsed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and called for taking its full advantage to meet country's economic challenges including energy crisis.

The speakers at Energy Policy Dialogue in context with China Pakistan Economic Corridor said the project would be a game-changer in finding solutions to energy challenges through CPEC.

They said that the Center and Federating Units should have to frame policies for sustainable solutions for the energy crisis.

The two-day policy dialogue was organized by US Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy, (USPCAS E) University of Engineering and Technology, (UET) Peshawar.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak who was chief guest on the occasion said that the Government of KP fully supports CPEC and told that several deliberations were held with the Federation to agree upon the share of KP province under CPEC.

He expressed the resolve of KP Government to solve the persistent energy crisis and urged the participants to explore current challenges and enable academia, industry and government to find solutions for the energy crisis.

The objective of this dialogue was to deliberate on challenges and opportunities in CPEC for alternative energy solutions, preparation of industries for energy efficient solutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa offered by CPEC and to explore developing Public Private Partnerships.

The Chief Minister KPK Pervez Khattak, as chief guest appreciated the efforts of USPCAS-E UET Peshawar and USAID to organize policy level dialogues in the field of energy.

He informed the audience about the prospects of CPEC, the provincial government's policy and interaction with the Federal Government.

Among prominent speakers included Senator Usman Saifullah, Senator Rukhsana Zuberi, Dr. Adeem Khan, Member Pakistan Custom services and others.

Vice chancellor UET Peshawar Dr. Iftikhar Hussain said that this event was organized at the right time where various stakeholders of CPEC had gathered to deliberate on policy issues.

He lauded the efforts of USPCAS-EUET Peshawar as a USAID-funded initiative that brings together UET Peshawar, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), and Arizona State University USA to find sustainable solutions to Pakistan's energy related challenges.

USPCAS-E is helping to resolve Pakistan's energy crisis through applied research and developing specialized human resource.

This support from USAID to hold dialogues in the field of energy will enhance students' capabilities and put them in the leadership roles in the energy sector, adding, with Government of KP's support, the center will be a game changer in finding solutions to energy challenges.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:May 22, 2016
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