ISLAMABAD: A short film about a Pakistani construction worker at the Dasu Dam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has won an award at the second Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Short Video Competition in China, local media reported.
The award ceremony of the competition organized by the China Public Diplomacy Association, the News Center of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), and Chinese government-owned Global Times Online, was held in Wuhan, Hubei province on Friday.
The contest aims to share the stories of builders and communities involved in BRI — Beijing’s multibillion dollar push to develop geopolitical ties through infrastructure and ports. The Dasu Dam hydropower project on the Indus River near Dasu in Kohistan district
is a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the BRI.
The awarded film featuring Pakistani worker Naseer was submitted to the competition by Hubei-based Gezhouba Group Company, which is developing the hydroelectric gravity dam in Dasu.
"Naseer's work at the Dasu Dam has changed the lives of his family and enables his kids to study at school," Global Times Online reported.
According to Wu Hailong, president of China Public Diplomacy Association, more than 500 entries were submitted to the competition by Chinese enterprises and their employees in BRI countries, who used their cameras to tell stories of beating COVID-19 together with local people.
"The short video competition was a concrete action of telling Chinese stories, an example of people-to-people exchanges between China and foreign countries, and also a lively public diplomatic activity," he said during the award ceremony, as quoted by Global Times.