President wants transit trade with Afghanistan through Gwadar FZ

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – January 7, 2021
GWADAR: The president Arif Alvi underlined the need, Wednesday, to utilise Gwadar port’s free zone (FZ), in addition to Karachi ports, for transit trade with Afghanistan.

According to a press release, he gave his remarks at a briefing about progress on the master plan of Gwadar City and operationalising the port, in southwestern coast of Balochistan.

President Alvi said the speedy flow of traffic at Gwadar port must be ensured.

He urged the authorities to accelerate development activities and remove any hindrance through consensus-building and consultation with relevant stakeholders.

The president was briefed by Gwadar port authority (GPA) chairman Naseer Khan Kashani and Gwadar development authority (GDA) director general (DG) Shahzaib Khan Kakar regarding development works on Gwadar port and Gwadar City respectively.

President Alvi lamented the slow pace of development in Gwadar in past and underscored the need for timely completion of all infrastructure and industry related projects on the port as per the given timelines.

He was briefed about the 19 kilometres (kms) east-bay expressway along the port, which will connect with the coastal highway and help carry cargo without disturbing the local population of Gwadar.

President Alvi was also briefed about the 60 acres FZ in Gwadar which will include recreational facilities, hospitals, schools and will give space to industries.

He appreciated GPA chairman Kashani and GDA DG Kakar for their briefing on the master plan of Gwadar port and city, urged both the organisations to expedite work.

President Alvi advised both to address the needs of local fishermen in the master plan.

He thanked the Chinese government for constructing state-of-the-art China business centre (CBC) in Gwadar.

The meeting was also attended by Balochistan revenue minister (B-RM) Saleem Khosa, Balochistan religious affairs minister (B-RAM) Lala Rasheed, member of provincial assembly (MPA) Noor Mohammad Dummat and others.