Opportunities Arising from China-Pakistan Collaboration under the “Belt and Road Initiative”
At the invitation of the Maritime Silk Road Society (MSRS), Mr Abdul Qadir Memon, Consul General of Pakistan in Hong Kong today (19 June) gave a presentation on “Pakistan - Belt and Road Development and Opportunities” to introduce the latest developments in Pakistan and its role under “the Belt and Road Initiative”.
The seminar, co-organized by the Maritime Silk Road Society and Consulate General of Pakistan in Hong Kong, was held at the HKUST Business School Central and was attended by 100 guests, including representatives from the international and local business communities.
In her welcoming remarks, Mrs Regina Ip, Co-Chair of Maritime Silk Road Society, said, “Pakistan is the 6th most populous country in the world, and its economy has progressed from agrarian economy in the 1950s to today’s semi-industrialized economy. It is the 27th largest economy in the world in terms of Purchasing Power Parity.”
“As a flagship project of ‘the Belt and Road Initiative’, the ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’ (CPEC) comprises a collection of infrastructure projects that are currently under construction throughout Pakistan. It was launched by China and Pakistan in 2013 to create a huge driving force to propel Sino-Pakistan development and to present opportunities for strengthening regional economy,” she added.
Mrs Ip also expressed her gratitude to Mr Memon for promptly accepting her invitation to speak on the “Belt and Road Initiative” and to share his insights with the participants.
During his presentation, Mr Memon said, “President Xi Jinping’s vision of the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ is a model of inter-regional and intra-regional integration and connectivity based on the concept of mutual prosperity and win-win cooperation. When this visionary concept is translated into reality across the regions and continents, it would entail unparalleled dividends in economy, trade, infrastructure and energy resource development for the Belt and Road countries.”
“Similar to the traditional Silk Route, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road will connect the different regions and civilizations,” Mr Memon said.
Brief Biography of Mr Abdul Qadir Memon
Mr Abdul Qadir Memon holds two Master’s degrees, which are Masters of Arts in Public Policy from Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan (2002), and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Pakistan Institute of Management in Karachi, Pakistan (2000). Prior to Master’s studies, he gained his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from NED University of Engineering & Technology in Karachi, Pakistan (1993). Besides the tertiary degrees he holds, Mr Memon had also graduated from advanced courses in the field of global trade in Australia and the USA in the 2000s.
Mr Memon assumed his current position as the Consul General of Pakistan in Hong Kong in June 2016. His past positions include the Chief Customs in Federal Board of Revenue in Islamabad (August 2014 – May 2016), Senior Advisor of USAid Trade Project (February 2012 – August 2014), and Deputy/Joint Secretary (Foreign Trade) in Ministry of Commerce of Pakistan (August 2007 – February 2012). Mr Memon has been a dedicated member of the Government of Pakistan with his trade and investment expertise.
1. Mrs Regina Ip, Co-Chair of MSRS, delivering a welcoming remarks.
2. Mrs Regina Ip presenting Certificate of Appreciation to Mr Abdul Qadir Memon, Consul General of Pakistan in Hong Kong.
3. Mr Abdul Qadir Memon delivering his presentation.