The One Belt, One Road initiative is about culture, corridors and connectivity that will bring progress and prosperity through ports, pipelines, roads and railways, trade, commerce and investment as well as exchange not only of goods and services but of people. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the centre piece of the One Belt, One Road initiative and work already has begun on four concurrent areas that are key components of the CPEC. These include infrastructure, energy, Gwadar Port and Special Economic Zones. The One Belt, One Road initiative is not confined to governments alone but it has to involve parliamentarians, civil society, networks of youth, women, business leaders, media academia and think tanks. Therefore, it is necessary to establish a permanent institution to promote the Silk Road initiative and coordinate among the political parties. In this context, the Silk Road Think Tanks Network being launched in Madrid can play a pivotal role in promoting One Belt, One Road through ideas, issues and initiatives.
This article was originally the conference paper for Silk Road Forum 2015 and has been granted authorization to use by Pakistan-China Institute.
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