"It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change."
(Leon C. Megginson interpreting Charles Darwin’s ideas)
China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has the potential to be the catalyst of change in the way business is done in Pakistan. The government, policymakers, policy enforcers, business people, business regulators and managers all must be prepared to meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities stemming from the change CPEC promises.
China Pakistan Management Initiative (CPMI) at Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) organised its first conference on, ‘China Pakistan Economic Corridor: Managing the Change’ on January 17 and 18, 2019.
The focus of the CPMI Conference was to explore and evaluate impact of completed, ongoing and proposed projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on management practices, individual businesses, industrial sectors and economic geographical segments. The aim was to bring together ideas and opinions, both from academics and practitioners informing industry practices and policy in order to extract benefits from this major international initiative in the best possible manner.
The keynote address was delivered by Shah Jahan Mirza, Managing Director of Private Power and Infrastructure Board, on the first day of the conference. Chairman, Board of Investment, Haroon Sharif, was the keynote speaker on the second day of the conference.
The academic debate by local and foreign panelists helped business managers and policymakers to efficiently reap the benefits offered by CPEC in Pakistan.