KARACHI: Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping, Senator Kamran Michael, and Balochistan Chief Minister, Dr. Muhammad Malik, welcomed the Chinese delegation in Gawader accompanied by Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal.
A statement issued here on Thursday said that the purpose of the delegation to visit Gawader was to analyze the development activities and on ground situation for future projects in Gawader.
It said that the Chinese delegation was led by Vice Chairman NDRC, Zhang Xiaoqing, and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Sun Weidong and CEO COPHL (China Overseas Port Handling Limited).
Balochistan Chief Minister gave a detailed briefing about overall development related activities in that province.
While emphasizing on the importance of Gawader, he mentioned that the area has strategic importance as it is the key route to all Central Asian States and China.
Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal discussed overall policy framework and potential opportunities for Chinese investment. He declared Gawader the gateway to economic corridor.
Dr. Malik mentioned four areas of interest to seek Chinese assistance including education, health, jobs for the local people and port development.
The Chinese Vice Chairman NDRC, mentioned his interest in communication sector, particularly roads, railways’ and port development.
He said infrastructure development and communication link is our top priority and mentioned that Gawader port proves to be a win win situation for both sides.
Chinese Ambassador, Sun Weidong, expressed his heartiest feeling for the future of this project.
He said, `it was my dream to visit Gawader and today it comes true’.
The Ambassador assured mutual cooperation and introduced the representatives of Chinese companies.
Later, the delegation visited the port and Secretary Ports and Shipping, Habibullah Khatak, gave a detailed briefing on port operations.
Senator Kamran Michael explained the potential of the Port in detail and assured complete assistance for the Chinese during their stay in Pakistan.