APP04-14 ISLAMABAD: May 14 – Hassan Daud Butt, CPEC Director, Planning Development and Reforms Division addressing during 2nd day of International Conference of News Agencies (ICNA) as the delegates from various countries arriving to attend the event organized by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) under the theme, “Pakistan’s Media – Opportunities and Challenges” with special focus on ‘News Agencies – Emerging Professional Challenges.' APP photo by Irfan Mahmood

ISLAMABAD, May 14 (APP):Local and international media have a pivotal role in ensuring successful execution of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects by discarding propaganda of anti-CPEC and anti-Pakistan elements.
“CPEC has become an important element of Pak-China friendship and its success
would be greatly depending upon dissemination of correct information regarding the
corridor,” Project Director of CPEC, Ministry of Planning, Hassan Daud Butt said
while addressing an International Conference on News Agencies here on Monday.
He also stressed the need to enhance interaction with international media players
for sharing true image of Pakistan.
The two-day Conference titled “Pakistan-Media Opportunities and Challenges”,
was organized by Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) here at a local hotel to establish
direct and hassle-free linkages to cope with emerging competitive environment for news
agencies in the world.
The conference was attended by representatives from news agencies of over 20
Hassan Butt said the government was sharing information to build long-term and trustful
relationship with media to ensure the accurate and positive reporting in this regard.
He said the government had promoted access to information by publications and
websites, besides regular engagements with media (press briefings, seminars, summits).
He said besides other topics like politics etc, journalists should promote development
communication in Pakistan by projecting the positive aspects of the corridor.
Giving presentation on the current status of CPEC projects, Butt said most of the Early
Harvest Projects had already been completed or were in the final stage.
He said CPEC had helped Pakistan in removing major bottlenecks in the way of the
country’s economy specially in energy and infrastructure sectors, paving the way for
increased and sustainable economic growth.
“In 2013, Pakistan’s economic growth rate was around 3 per cent. However, after successful
launch of CPEC, the growth rate kept on increasing and this year, the growth rate was recorded at
5.8 per cent and next year’s target has been set at 6.2 percent,” he added.
The CPEC Project Director informed that the western alignment of the corridor had almost
been completed while the Central route was expected to be completed by 2015.
He said work on up-gradation of railways’ Mail Line-1 project would start soon while
up-gradation of ML-II and ML-III had also been included in the Long Term Plan of CPEC.
He said Gwadar was transforming into a state of the art international port city at a rapid pace
and soon “we will see Gwadar as the hub of trade in the region”.
Regarding social sector and education projects, he said top ten business schools from China
and Pakistan had reached an agreement for mutual cooperation and sharing the research work,
done in the development sector.
He said CPEC had become a benchmark for other countries who are part of the Chinese One
Belt One Road Initiative.
He said the Government of Pakistan wanted to bring the country’s population out of poverty at
a fast pace just like China did in the past.
To a question, Butt said CPEC would be a joint venture and will be a win-win model for the two
countries as both countries will equally benefit from the project.