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CPEC projects create over 30,000 jobs: Officials

ISLAMABAD, June 6 (APP): Official data shows that more than 30,000 Pakistani engineers and workers have got direct employment under  China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Early Harvest Projects (EHP).

According to the data of Planning Commission, around 8000 Chinese are working on these projects. Average strength of Chinese workers never crossed the figure of 25 % of the total employees.

It is estimated that the employment opportunities for local youth will  maximize with implementation of mega projects in mid to long term of CPEC. International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that CPEC will  support to create around 400,000 jobs while Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC) estimated that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is expected to create over 700,000 direct jobs between 2015 and 2030 and add 2 to 2.5 points to the annual economic growth of the country.

The estimates of Planning Commission show that the figure may go much  higher as CPEC would generate around 800,000 jobs over the period of next 15 years.  Presently, the mega energy projects under CPEC portfolio contributed  majority of jobs where 16,000 Pakistanis are hired as laborer and engineers.

Port Qasim Coal Power project is the top one which created job opportunities for 5,000 Pakistanis.  Sahiwal Coal Power Plant Project and Zonergy Solar Power Project stand  second in list with 3,000 jobs each. “Around 300 to 500 engineers are working on these energy projects which would surely help in transfer of knowledge in these sector, thus helping the country to have its own trained human resource” said officials.

With implementation of two more project in energy sector; Sukki Kinari  and Karot, would generate around 6,000 jobs for Pakistani engineers and workers. “Huge number of Pakistani civil and electrical engineers could grab this opportunity where hydropower projects are under execution” said officials. Besides, energy portfolio, CPEC Transport Infrastructure Sector stands  second in creating around 13,000 jobs for locals.
The data shows that 9,800 Pakistanis are working on Peshawar-Karachi  Motorway (Multan Sukkur Section), a biggest infrastructure project under CPEC.  The data further shows that KKH Phase II Havelian provided jobs to  2071 locals, Orange Line Metro Lahore created employment for 956 people and Fiber Optic project created 580 posts for Pakistanis.

Development of Free zone project at Gwadar has created 404 direct jobs  with additional 2,000 indirect employment. It is estimated that this project would create thousands of job opportunities for locals; soon it is made fully functional with establishment of different industries here.

The figures could grow significantly with more infrastructure projects expected to begin this year.

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