Pakistan needs to develop SEZs following Shenzhen’s model


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan needs to follow China’s Shenzhen model, in developing its special economic zones (SEZs), says Gwadar Pro App on Sunday. It is a welcomed step that Prime Minister Imran Khan has formally inaugurated the Allama Iqbal Industrial City, a special economic zone (SEZ) under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). PM termed CPEC as a golden opportunity for industrial development of Pakistan and the SEZ the first step towards the prosperous future of his country. The PM said China is Pakistan’s close friend, and Pakistan has a great opportunity to make progress by learning from China who is developing with leaps and bounds in every field. China has indeed made great achievements in the past 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Shenzhen SEZ is definitely one of the biggest achievements. Shenzhen, as China’s first SEZ, has grown from a small fishing village to be a first-tier city taking the lead in the economy, science and technology, and commerce and trade in China in just four decades. Shenzhen’s story is called “Shenzhen Miracle”. What’s behind the “Shenzhen Miracle”? There are three reasons. One is China’s reform and opening-up policy. Under the background, Shenzhen has got favor policies, like tax incentives to attract foreign direct investment and boost industrial development. The second one is the city’s location. Shenzhen, adjacent to Hong Kong, could easily get foreign investment and develop export-oriented economy. Shenzhen found its first pot of gold from export processing industry. INP