Mr. Lijian Zhao, Deputy Head of Mission to Chinese Embassy was the keynote speaker at the debriefing seminar. He highlighted the gaps which are needed to be filled prior to improving the economic standing of Pakistan. Mr. Zhao explained three stages of CPEC. First stage being developing infrastructure in the shape of mega projects. Second being the social sector development and final stage which would encourage third party investment in CPEC. Mr. Hassan Daud, the focal person on CPEC, also endorsed the viewpoint of Mr. Zhao. He provided details of the BRI forum held in China. He said that the level of interest among other countries is continuously growing, which was evident with increased participation of Middle Eastern countries and Italy. He said that the main idea of BRI is to have inclusive and sustainable development. The investment conference hosted by Pakistan during the BRI forum attracted numerous Chinese Small medium enterprises. Their principal request was to be provided with favorable conditions. He also mentioned that there were several MOUs signed related to Socio-economics like building of Smart Universities Mr. Zhao also commended the efforts made by Haier and Ruba digital in establishing the first economic zone in Pakistan and Zalmi foundation with regards to conducting discussion on BRI
Mr. Lijian Zhao, Deputy Head of Mission to Chinese Embassy was the keynote speaker at the debriefing seminar.