• Saira Ahmed
  • Vaqar Ahmed
  • Sajid Bashir
Keywords: Pakistan, CPEC, Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Unskilled Labour


In the domain of the public-sector strategy prioritizing, very little work has been done bearing the psychology and behavior of the unskilled worker in the country. The employment of unskilled labour is under-represented in majority of the countries that dot the globe. Not surprisingly, documented statistical evidence of the World Bank Report 2015 confirmed that the unskilled labour force in these economies represented up to 50 to 65% of the informal and formal work force. Being a part of the undocumented workforce, it is difficult to measure the value-added contribution of this informal sector in Pakistan. Moreover the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) being planned and designed under CPEC will allow for increased participation and inclusion ofthe unskilled labour (only after relevant training) for those residing there and in the peripheries. in ourexploratory field study that was conducted in twoupcoming SEZs of Nowshera and islamabad; we exposethe economic and social flaws of the very foundationsof labour markets in Pakistan. Hence, concluding thatif policy-makers do not address the flaws urgently, thewhole exercise of making SEZs will go in vain.

Author Biographies

Saira Ahmed

Director , Environment  at Capital University of Science & Technology, Islamabad.

Vaqar Ahmed

Affiliated with Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad

Sajid Bashir

Affiliated with Namal Institute, Mianwali


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How to Cite
Ahmed, S., Ahmed, V., & Bashir, S. (2020). STRATEGIES FOR MAKING CPEC INCLUSIVE FOR UNSKILLED WORKERS. Journal of Business Strategies, 14(1), 145-162. Retrieved from