All posts by Arif Rafiq

Arif Rafiq is the editor of CPEC Wire. He is a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute and president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, a political risk advisory company. Rafiq authored the first comprehensive public study on CPEC, "The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Barriers and Impact," published by the U.S. Institute of Peace. He can be reached via email at contactarifrafiq@gmail.com.

Pakistan’s Economy: The Big Picture

Islamabad is exploring a range of options to avert a balance of payments crisis.

/ September 14, 2018

CPEC and the New Government

A new government in Islamabad brings fresh uncertainty to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor program.

/ September 14, 2018

Thar lignite to fuel Pakistan’s first ultra-supercritical power plant

Lucky Cement, Pakistan’s largest cement company by installed capacity, has attained financial close on a 660MW, $1.08 lignite-fueled power plant that will be located in Port Qasim, Sindh. The plant, when completed, will be the first ultra-supercritical power plant in...

/ July 12, 2018

Bangladeshi Official Labels Opposition ‘Pro-Pakistan and Pro-China’

In a visit to New Delhi, Hossain Toufique Imam, an aide to Sheikh Hasina Wajed, the prime minister of Bangladesh, said that the embattled Bangladesh Nationalist Party or BNP has been an “anti-India” party “right from the beginning” and “tried...

/ July 12, 2018

Caretaker finance minister leads CPEC review

Caretaker governments are in power in Pakistan, but they, along with the permanent bureaucracy, continue to keep the CPEC train chugging along. Last week, Balochistan Chief Minister Alauddin Marri led a business forum in Quetta that brought together Chinese business...

/ July 12, 2018
A handcrafted fishing boat transformed in casual seating along the beach in Gwadar, Pakistan. (Photo Credit: Arif Rafiq)

Why Gwadar Needs a Cultural Tourism Strategy

The port and industrial zone are at the heart of the vision for Gwadar, but cultural spaces will provide additional drivers of economic activity and shape a broader, inclusive narrative for the city.

/ May 30, 2018

Gwadar’s Real Estate Market Picks Up

New entrants into Gwadar real estate — potentially including Chinese private equity players — signal how this market might be different from others in Pakistan.

/ May 7, 2018
A handcrafted fishing boat in Gwadar, Pakistan. (Photo Credit: Arif Rafiq)

Where Gwadar Stands Today

The Arabian Sea port is far from being the promised 'next Dubai,' but some of its major challenges are now being addressed.

/ May 1, 2018