A statistical report released by the Planning Commission (PC) of Pakistan has announced that CPEC has given direct employment opportunity to 30,000 Pakistani nationals. This includes both the engineers and workers working for different projects working on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The number as of now depicts the Pakistanis employed in the CPEC Early Harvest Projects (EHP) only. The International Labor Organization (ILO) has estimated that in the long run the direct job openings created by the project can reach upward of 500,000.
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Chinese Citizens on CPEC projects
The planning commission has also released the number of direct employees working on the CPEC projects. The numbers show that almost 8,000 Chinese citizens are directly working on the project – this provides an outlook that less than 25 percent of the employees working on the CPEC projects belong to China. The numbers will help lessen the concerns related to fear that Chinese works dominate the CPEC created job openings.
The Planning Commission is also painting a rosy picture for Pakistani origin workers as it hopes that within the next 15 years, another 700,000 to 800,000 openings will be created for the Pakistani engineers and skilled labor to step in.
Karachi University’s Applied Economics Research Center (AERC) has predicted an additional 2 to 2.5 points in annual economic growth. Planning Commission expects that the eventual figure will ultimately be higher than 2 to 2.5 percent as suggested by AERC. The underlying factor for exceeding the numbers is due to 100,000 more jobs estimated by PC as compared to AERC.
Where are the opportunities?
The energy sector leads the list with creation of most job opportunities under the CPEC project lists. Port Qasim Coal Power project tops the list with 5,000 job openings, while Sahiwal Coal Power Plant and Zonergy Solar Power Projects are employing approximately 3,000 people each.
CPEC transport infrastructure-related projects are the second largest source of local employment creating a total of 13,000 job opportunities. Peshawar-Karachi Motorway creating 9,800 openings on its own. KKH Havelian section, Orange Line Metro Lahore and Fibre Optics projects being other major employers. Gwadar’s Free Zone project is expected to provide both direct and indirect jobs amounting to 2,500 people.