National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR), Bahria University celebrated “World Maritime Day” at Karachi Campus. The theme of this day was “Shipping: Indispensible to the World”. It was aimed to highlight the significance of shipping industry in international trade and role of International Maritime Organization (IMO) in contemporary world. Vice Admiral (R) Shafqat Jawed HI(M), Chairman Karachi Port Trust graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Brig (Retd) Rashid Siddiqi SI(M), Executive Director (Administration) Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC), and Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah HI(M), Managing Director of Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KS&EW) presented talks on occasion.
The proceeding of the seminar began with the recitation of Holy Quran and the welcome address by Director NCMPR, Cdre Dr. Ihsan Qadir SI(M). He elaborated the importance and theme of the day. He stated that “NCMPR is striving to educate people about maritime sector for viable economic growth.”
Later, Brig (Retd) Rashid Siddiqi SI(M) presented the statistical data to elaborate the role of shipping in shaping the world economy. He further highlighted the achievements of the Pakistani flag carriers. Rear Admiral Syed Hasan Nasir Shah HI(M) stated that the Karachi Shipyard employs the significant number of workers, utilizes wide range of technique, generate considerable income and encourages large number of support industries. Responding to questions both speakers were of the view that unfavorable government policies in Pakistan have discouraged the private investment in shipping and ship building industries. Therefore, it is need of time to soften or make the policies lenient for investors to boost industry.
In concluding remarks Chief Guest, Vice Admiral (R) Shafqat Jawed stated that “Maritime transport (Shipping) has evolved as the backbone of international trade and the global economy. He added “According to IMO sources the world’s commerce al fleet consisted of nearly 50,000 vessels engaged in transporting cargo. He further stated expect that volume of maritime trade will increase with the expansion of inter-state and inter-continental economic cooperation and connectivity.”