Skip to main content

GPA chairman outlines ambitious plans for Gwadar

By app 


Says port will play major role in regional trade

BEIJING: Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) Chairman Naseer Khan Kashani said on Wednesday that the Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan would transform the port city into a hub for industrialization, commercial activity and international marine trade.

In an interview with the Global Times, he said he believed that the gains would trickle down to the grassroots level, uplifting the lives of common people, equipping them with market oriented skills, unleashing job opportunities, increasing educational and healthcare facilities and making them available to all households.

He termed Gwadar port an integral part of the ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), adding that, being located close to the international oil trade and sea shipping lanes at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, just outside of the Strait of Hormuz, it enjoyed unique geostrategic and geoeconomic importance for all BRI countries.

Commenting further on the importance of Gwadar, the GPA chairman said that the port provided an outlet for landlocked Central Asian countries, western China and Afghanistan by providing transit trade and transshipment facilities.

The much-awaited Gwadar Smart City Master Plan, he continued, was now in its final stage following strenuous planning and insightful review by Chinese and Pakistani officials and that the rational apprehensions of ministries and departments concerned had been resolved.

Naseer Khan Kashani also expressed the hope that the master plan would be unveiled next month if everything stayed on schedule, saying that new maps and guidelines for the development of the smart port city had been divided into three timelines- 2025, 2035 and 2050, with the key focus of the master plan over the next five years being to make available the basic civic necessities of a modern city en route to transforming Gwadar into a prosperous city.

He also said it was likely that Gwadar would soon be linked with the national grid as the required modalities had been discussed and finalized to ensure the uninterrupted supply of electricity besides initiating a coal-based 300-megawatt power project, adding that land and zoning, road networks, water and sewage lines and security cameras to improve command and control systems had been prioritized.

The chairman observed that Gwadar port, the starting point for CPEC, was the

cheapest route from China to the Central Asian nations. At present, he said, Chinese exports and imports had to travel roughly 10,000 km from the Persian Gulf to China’s eastern region but Gwadar would provide a shorter, inexpensive route to ship oil and gas from the Middle East and minerals from Africa.

When asked to comment on the impact of Gwadar port on modern trade, he called the port a watershed development in the implementation of the BRI, saying “If Gwadar works, CPEC will work, and if CPEC works, BRI will work.”

Kashani pointed out that Pakistan currently had two main international deep-sea ports- the Karachi Port and Port Qasim. In the coming years, he said, their expansion was unlikely to keep pace with the expected growth in demand.

He concluded that Gwadar Port, therefore, is the answer to all future demands of modern cargo handling techniques, state of the art storage and high-tech logistic facilities. Expressing satisfaction with the pace of progress on the port, he said that a number of projects were currently underway to make Gwadar Port more functional.

Among them were the Gwadar International Airport, the East Bay Expressway, Infrastructure Development for a Free Zone, construction of breakwaters, dredging of berthing areas and channels, a coal-based power plant, the Pak-China Technical and Vocational Institute, potable water, a China-Pakistan Friendship Hospital (upgrades to existing 50-bed hospitals), Clean and Green Gwadar and the Gwadar Smart Port City Master Plan, the projects being in different stages of completion.

He specified that, as per the master plan, it would take 20 to 25 years to entirely develop the port. On criticism that the development of Gwadar port was part of a clandestine plot for Pakistan to fall into a “debt trap”, he rejected the notion, saying that, on the contrary, China had unleashed a bonanza of trade concessions under CPEC to help Pakistan address its economic problems. He called funds being spent on Gwadar port an investment rather than a debt.


Popular posts from this blog

SSG Commando Muddassir Iqbal of Pakistan Army

“ Commando Muddassir Iqbal was part of the team who conducted Army Public School operation on 16 December 2014. In this video he reveals that he along with other commandos was ordered to kill the innocent children inside school, when asked why should they kill children after killing all the terrorist he was told that it would be a chance to defame Taliban and get nation on the side. He and all other commandos killed children and later Taliban was blamed. Muddassir Iqbal has deserted the military and now he is  with mujahedeen somewhere in AF PAK border area” For authenticity of  this tape journalists can easy reach to his home town to interview his family members or   ISPR as he reveals his army service number” Asalam o Alaikum: My name is Muddassir Iqbal. My father’s name is Naimat Ali. I belong to Sialkot divison (Punjab province), my village is Shamsher Poor and district, tehsil and post office  Narowal. Unfortunately I was working in Pakistan army. I feel embarrassed to tell yo

CPEC Jobs in Pakistan, salary details

JOBS...نوکریاں چائنہ کمپنی میں Please help the deserving persons... Salary: Salary package in China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in these 300,000 jobs shall be on daily wages. The details of the daily wages are as follows; Welder: Rs. 1,700 daily Heavy Duty Driver: Rs. 1,700 daily Mason: Rs. 1,500 daily Helper: Rs. 850 daily Electrician: Rs. 1,700 daily Surveyor: Rs. 2,500 daily Security Guard: Rs. 1,600 daily Bulldozer operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Concrete mixer machine operator: Rs. 2,000 daily Roller operator: Rs. 2,000 daily Steel fixer: Rs. 2,200 daily Iron Shuttering fixer: Rs. 1,800 daily Account clerk: Rs. 2,200 daily Carpenter: Rs. 1,700 daily Light duty driver: Rs. 1,700 daily Labour: Rs. 900 daily Para Engine mechanic: Rs. 1,700 daily Pipe fitter: Rs. 1,700 daily Storekeeper: Rs. 1,700 daily Office boy: Rs. 1,200 daily Excavator operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Shovel operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Computer operator: Rs. 2,200 daily Security Supervisor: Rs.

A ‘European Silk Road’

publication_icon Philipp Heimberger ,  Mario Holzner and Artem Kochnev wiiw Research Report No. 430, August 2018  43 pages including 10 Tables and 17 Figures FREE DOWNLOAD The German version can be found  here . In this study we argue for a ‘Big Push’ in infrastructure investments in greater Europe. We propose the building of a European Silk Road, which connects the industrial centres in the west with the populous, but less developed regions in the east of the continent and thereby is meant to generate more growth and employment in the short term as well as in the medium and long term. After its completion, the European Silk Road would extend overland around 11,000 kilometres on a northern route from Lisbon to Uralsk on the Russian-Kazakh border and on a southern route from Milan to Volgograd and Baku. Central parts are the route from Lyon to Moscow in the north and from Milan to Constanţa in the south. The southern route would link Central Europe with the Black Sea area and