China and Pakistan are inviting foreign and European companies to invest in CPEC Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and develop activities in many sectors.
Pakistan has just set geographical indications for some local products.These indications will make the “Pakistan brand” stronger along the BRI.
On February 13 and 14, 2020, Turkish President Erdogan conducted a state visit to Pakistan and stated that Turkey was ready to join the CPEC.
Cooperans and the Diplomatic Insight Group have just signed a new partnership to promote the Belt and Road Initiative in the EU and Pakistan.
A prominent Indian politician Subramanian Swamy recently declared that India was interested in joining the Belt and Road Initiative.
Book Review: Wolf, S. (2019): The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor of the Belt and Road Initiative Concept, Context and Assessment. Springer.
Education is a priority for both China and Pakistan in developing CPEC: efforts are made to improve literacy among the youth.
In late September 2019, the master plan of the city of Gwadar in Pakistan was finally approved by local authorities; large projects may now start!
Creation of a CPEC secretariat, a new agency that will manage projects related to the Belt and Road in Pakistan: an important step for the CPEC.
On April 21, 2019, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan made a historic visit to Iran and met with President Hassan Rouhani and pledged to support the BRI.