International CPEC Workshop – ICPECW


The 2nd International CPEC Workshop (ICPECW)  is an exclusive platform for leaders from various segments of society to help resolve the gap between private and government stakeholders that is a key challenge for the successful implementation of CPEC Phase 2 (Industrial Cooperation), which will be held in Islamabad, Beijing and Gwadar from 2nd March to 19th March 2020.

The workshop will comprise of lecture-discussions from leading experts on CPEC and BRI, networking dinners, seminars and visiting/meeting leaders of state institutions in Pakistan and China, including the Planning Ministry, Military Institutions, Board of Investment, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chinese Embassy, Chinese State-Owned Enterprises, Chinese private sector players and Chinese Business Associations to gather first-hand policy information, meet relevant leaders, network with key players and drive critical discourse on policy-making in business, technology, foreign policy, national security and trade.


The multi-trillion dollars “Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)” is the largest transcontinental project ever conceived in modern human history. Fortunately, the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” has been termed as the flagship project of the BRI. Therefore, an important question that Obortunity and NDU have been trying to address is “What would it take to ensure the best possible outcome from CPEC?”
To find the solution, both institutions studied transformative public-private partnerships around the globe and designed the first-of-its-kind problem-solving platform, “International CPEC Workshop”. Based on the philosophy of assembling the best brains at key venues, ICPECW aims to shape the future of CPEC through engaging leaders in the government, business, academia, media, youth and civil society to embark on a journey of positive change and push Pakistan’s economic growth into double digits.


  • To study and understand the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its implications on the changing global, regional and national dynamics.
  • To understand role of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the BRI and emerging opportunities in the field of diplomacy, culture, business, and trade for Pakistan.
  • To comprehend the scale of new avenues emerging from the initiation of the  2nd phase of CPEC, termed as “Industrial Cooperation” and understand the participation of private and state actors in the development of Special Economic Zones.
  • To analyze CPEC investment frameworks, Chinese governance, business culture, decision-making under BRI and CPEC, and Chinese financing structures.
  • To meet and engage with leaders in key institutions involved in the development of  CPEC and understand the long-term impact of CPEC such as the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms; Board of Investment; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR),  Ministry of Commerce, Chinese Embassy, Chinese SOEs and other state institutions.
  • Interact with the high-level national, political and military leadership of Pakistan.
  • Interaction with leaders from the Chinese government, state-owned enterprises, think tanks and business community in Islamabad and Beijing to understand the Chinese perspective on BRI and its flagship project, CPEC.
  • Attend networking dinners in Islamabad, Gwadar and Beijing to shape future policymaking and drive positive change in CPEC.
  • To zero-in onto the key challenges facing CPEC in Pakistan and China, and consult and deliberate with key stakeholders to evolve solutions.
  • To gain an understanding of how CPEC can progress comprehensively in the short and medium term, and formulate strategies to achieve this progress.
  • To raise the profile of CPEC and BRI nationally, regionally and globally, and to enable the development of a narrative that champions CPEC.
  • To mainstream CPEC so that all stakeholders raise their level of communication, improve information dissemination. The workshop serves as a vehicle to greatly enhance the success of CPEC.

How to Apply?

Download the application form and submit the application along with the required documents at the below address latest by 15th December 2019.

Application Submission Address:

Director IS, ISSRA, National Defence University (NDU), Sector E-9, Islamabad.

Phone #: 051- 9260651-2 Ext 7106

Contact Info:

For any queries or further information, contact NDU at:

Phone: 051- 9260651-2 Ext 7106


Or contact Mr. Maaz Qureshi, Sponsor Deputy Director, National Defence University at:

Mobile: +92-333-9628605