INTERNATIONAL MARITIME CONFERENCE 2016
CPEC & GWADAR PORT
National Centre for Maritime Policy and Research organized a two days’ International Maritime Conference in collaboration with Pakistan-China Institute (PCI).
The theme of the conference was CPEC and Gwadar Port as Harbinger of Regional Integration and Maritime Economic Development. The session themes of Conference were: CEPC- Potentials & dynamics of blue economy, socio- economic development and maritime security dimensions of the project.
Dr. Zhao Baige, Vice Minister/ Chairperson of Research and Development International recommended that for turning this big dream into reality we require to take action, action, and action. One cannot agree more and this requires an integrated approach between our Govt, public-private sector and the civil-military segments.
The former Iranian Ambassador Ali Reza Bikdeli spoke on Gwadar & Chahbhar : Complementing Regional Socio- economic Development. He said that the port of Chahbahar, as a strategic port is on the path of development.
Mr. Tan Sri Rastam from Malaysia compared the model of ASEAN with One Belt One Road (OBOR) and highlighted that Malaysia is already working to develop four trade corridors for inter-state trade and commerce. He shared Malaysian experience and positive effects of these Corridors on Malaysian economy.
Mr. Kamran Nasir, CEO JS Global endorsed that there is need for increased focus on ‘transfer of knowledge’. This would be vital for sustained success in this huge undertaking.
The session Maritime Security, inaugurated with the keynote address by Professor Xu Ming; Executive Director Glorious Sun Institute of Management – Donghua University. Prof Xu Ming said that CPEC is a great strategic plan, which will greatly benefit both Pakistan and China.
Mr Andrew Small, Senior trans-Atlantic Fellow, while presenting paper on CPEC-Emerging security paradigm in the Indian Ocean, said that CPEC is unique in a sense that it is a power settler in the region, thus, shall be accessible to all states and one should refrain counter-productive competition.
In the end, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah thanked all the participants, speakers, and foreign dignitaries for making the conference a success.