Theme: China – Pakistan Economic Corridor: It’s Maritime Implications for Pakistan
National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR), Bahria University organized 3rdNational Maritime Seminar on 21 January 2016 at Karachi Campus. On this occasion, renowned scholars were invited to speak on the theme China – Pakistan Economic Corridor: it’s Maritime Implications for Pakistan.Admiral (Retd) Shahid Karimullah NI (M), SJ, Former Chief of the Naval Staff graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, while Vice Admiral (Retd) Khalid Mohammad Mir HI (M), S.Bt attended as Guest of Honour.
In the first session, while keeping Gwadar in focus, Rear Admiral (Retd) Pervaiz Asghar HI (M) talked about the increase of Pakistan’s share in the Global Maritime Economy. Commodore Dr. M Ihsan Qadir SI (M) presented a paper on behalf of Mr Khalid Rehman, Director General Institute of Policy Studies , Islamabad on the topic , “The Socio- political and diplomatic implications of the China – Pakistan Economic Corridor . The paper stated that CPEC, though apparently a bilateral initiative holds several social, political and diplomatic implications not only for Pakistan and China but for the whole region.
Similarly, in the second session, Maritime Security Challenges were highlighted by Cdre Ali Abbas SI (M), Commandant PNS BAHADUR. He said that the expected economic boom out of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is coupled with maritime security challenges in traditional military as well as non-military domains which need to be catered to make this project a reality.
Also addressing the participants of the seminar, Prof. Din Mohammad Kakar, Assistant Professor from University of Balochistan, dilated upon the Challenges of Natural Disasters in view of a case study of Makran Coast.
Earlier in his speech, Vice Admiral (Retd) Khalid Mohammad Mir HI (M), S.Bt stated that Pakistan is passing through economic transition and Gwadar is indeed a viable opening for prosperity and development of Pakistan. The employment opportunities generated by this project will definitely strengthen the economic stability in the region which in turn would uplift the current economic situation of Balochistan in particular and Pakistan in general.
Chief Guest of the seminar Admiral (Retd) Shahid Karimullah NI (M), SJ, while expressing his views said that the bilateral strategic planning from both countries; Pakistan and China with profound understanding of economic implications can benefit them simultaneously. He also commended the efforts of NCMPR to create awareness and assemble galaxy of experts to deliberate on such an emerging subject.
Seminar Convener, Rector Bahria University Vice Admiral (Retd) Tanveer Faiz HI (M) in his closing remarks, thanked the worthy Chief Guests, participants and the speakers. In addition, he mentioned about the substantial role of Pakistan Navyfor the development of CPEC. He informed that more than 400 marines of Pakistan Navy’s Third Marines Battalions are providing security round the clock to Gwadar Port.Recently, Pakistan Navy has also decided to deploy two more marines battalions to enhance further security for the project teams.
Prominent dignitaries from trade and industry, stakeholders from maritime sector, naval officers, intellectuals and researchers were present during this significant gathering.