Maritime Discourse on Future Of Gawadar Port

“Future Of Gawadar Port”

National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR), a constituent unit of Bahria University organized a Maritime Discourse on the topic “The Future of Gwadar” at Bahria University on 20th March, 2015. NCMPR provides a valuable platform for discussing maritime issues being faced by Pakistan. “Maritime Discourse” is a series of lectures, organized by NCMPR,

 

The CEO of China Overseas Port Holding Company Mr. Zeng Qingsong was the keynote speaker. In his speech, he highlighted the significance of the Gwadar Port in the future. He said that “Gwadar is strategically located in proximity of major shipping routes emanating from the Gulf. Gwadar and Pakistan China Economic Corridor are important for both China and Pakistan.”

 

Moreover, he elaborated the economic and geographic importance of the Gwadar port by comparing statistics of other ports in Pakistan.

 

The discourse began with the presentation of Director NCMPR Capt. Tariq Masood who highlighted the hinterland connectivity of Gwadar Port.

 

The core objective to conduct this discourse was to shed light on the significance of Gwadar Port and the role it can play to boost the economy of Pakistan in future. Gwadar port offers multi-dimensional advantages and will influence the geo-strategic and economic environment in the region.

 

Question and Answer session was held after the speech of Mr. Zeng, to answer the queries of the participants.

 

DG NCMPR, Vice Admiral Asaf Humayun HI(M) (Retired) in his closing remarks said “Gwadar is inching towards its development at a slow pace whereas the whole nation desired to see the progress and prosperity at a much faster pace.Two things will actually determine that how fast Gwadar can progress, one is security and the other is connectivity”.

He stressed on the need to have due regard to the preservation of environment, which should be a part of all development work in Gwadar area.

Various intellectuals, senior officers of Pakistan Navy, renowned stakeholders of maritime sector, marine scientists, students of maritime studies and many other dignitaries attended this productive session.

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