Gwadar port to be operational by 2017: Chinese official

Gwadar port will see roughly one million tonnes of cargo going through it by 2017

Afp April 12, 2016

GWADAR: A multi-million dollar port being developed by China in Pakistan is set to be at "full operation" by the end of the year, a Chinese official said Tuesday, part of Beijing's ambitious economic plans in the region.

Gwadar port, on Pakistan's southwest coast, will see roughly one million tonnes of cargo going through it by 2017, said Zhang Baozhong, chairman of the Chinese public company in charge of the development.

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Current trade there is "basically nothing", he told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar about the port's development Tuesday.

"We hope a big jump will take place... Our dream is to make Gwadar a regional trading centre," he said.

Gwadar, in Balochistan province, forms what officials call the "heart" of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a grand $46 billion project giving Beijing greater access to the Middle East, Africa and Europe through Pakistan.

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The port was built in 2007 with technical help from Beijing as well as Chinese financial assistance of about $248 million.

Zhang said the tonnage will initially comprise "quite a number" of construction materials for the city's development, which Pakistani officials envision turning into another Dubai.

Exports will at first focus on the local fishing industry, he said, with a modern processing plant planned for the area, though he would not give a timeline for the plant.

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"We shall try to process it here... So that the locals can benefit," he told reporters after the seminar.

Desperately poor Balochistan has been roiled since 2004 by a separatist insurgency aimed at seeking greater control over the province's resources.

Some Baloch nationalists have accused the Chinese of conspiring with the Pakistani elite to plunder the province while doing little to share profits and create jobs for local people.


NHA | 8 years ago | Reply There is need to shield this epoch -making project from agitators and political actors. A broad-based group of citizens who believe in the utility and desireability of the project should come together and provide moral and practical support to Govt. and federal and provimvial departmnets and agencies working on it. Civil society support is always crucial for success of ambitious project like the CPEC and Gawader. Shall we come togehter and protect this project from harm by hostile forces.
woz ahmed | 8 years ago | Reply @Faisal: agitaiton ?
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