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    Gwadar Port has potential to turn Pakistan into ‘maritime power’

    Shazia Hasan Published a day ago

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    KARACHI: Maritime economy and environment remained in focus on the second day of the Sixth International Maritime Conference on Sunday.

    The three-day conference has been organised by the National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR) in collaboration with the Pakistan Navy at a local hotel.

    “China has pledged $52 billion for infrastructure projects in Pakistan, of which $32bn is to be spent exclusively on energy projects in the next five years. If this materialises, Pakistan will become one of the largest recipients of Chinese outbound investment,” said Mustafa Hyder Sayed, executive director of the Pakistan-China Institute, while presenting his paper titled “Pakistan and the Maritime Silk Route”.

    Also read: Gwadar Port to become operational in May, senate committee‏ told

    In his paper called “The analysis on China’s Indian Ocean strategy”, Zhiyong Hu, a senior fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, discussed the growing importance of the Indian Ocean and China’s ocean strategy in the 21st century. “China took some measures to maintain its security and navigation safety, but at present, because China’s navy lacks advanced equipment, it cannot provide enough strength to safeguard its forces,” he remarked.

    Retired Rear Admiral Dr Rakesh Chopra of India had “Maritime politics and challenges of the Indo-Pacific region” as the topic of his paper. “It is a region where the global centre of gravity is shifting and, therefore, requires examination,” he said.

    Rear Admiral J.J. Ranasinghe, commander of the Southeastern Naval Area, Sri Lanka, spoke on “International law framework in relation to people smuggling and its ability to combat modern instances of people smuggling”.

    “The organised human smugglers operating through transnational networks have chosen rich developed countries as their most preferred destinations,” he said.

    During the session on trade and economy, Dr Azhar Ahmad shed light on the Gwadar-Kashgar corridor and its potential impact on the region.

    “Despite having a long coastline and overwhelming economic dependence on sea, Pakistan has not been able to evolve into a true maritime nation. However, development of the Gwadar Port, at the crown of the Arabian Sea, has provided Pakistan with a unique opportunity to claim its status as an important maritime power,” he said.

    The oceans are vital for security and economic life of the littoral states. But at the same time it is each state’s responsibility to safeguard the oceans and the marine life. Keeping this in view, the second day’s final session highlighted environmental issues vis-a-vis the Indo-Pacific region.

    Whereas Dr Yimin Ye of the Food and Agriculture Organisation gave a comparison of the fishery management practices in the Northwest Pacific region with those of the West Indian Ocean region, retired Captain Tariq Masood, director of the NCMPR, talked about the ship breaking industry of Pakistan and how it could be made environmentally safe.

    Prof Sikander Ahmed Shah of LUMS, former chief of the naval staff retired Admiral Shahid Karimullah, retired Commodore Syed M. Obaidullah and Federal Secretary of Climate Change Division Arif Ahmed Khan also spoke on the occasion.

    The conference will conclude on Monday (today).

    Published in Dawn February 16th , 2015

    Gwadar Port has potential to turn Pakistan into ‘maritime power’ - Pakistan - DAWN.COM
     
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    Gwadar may be a blessing for the navy, as it will probably inevitably expand it's role, thus forcing Pakistan's security apparatus to re-evaluate the navy's meager budget.
     
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    Another one of those day-dream projects.
     
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    China pledges but the outcome sometimes differs when it comes to the ground, real FDI in Pakistan is very low according to the 2014 figures but that should pickup.
     
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    Yes, but Gwadar will never be finished considering their slow pace.
     
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    Need a strong navy to protect the waters.
     
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    Why India and Pakistan end this feud and open our borders for trade and people like EU, just try it out we might like it?
     
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    This is a good news for the Navy.
     
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    Excellent News! But I agree with @SipahSalar Gwadar seems to have been in development for quite a long time.
     
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    Pakistan has a potential to become many things. Doesn't mean we can become all of them.
     
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    Progress is really slow I thought the Chinese takeover of the port from the Singaporeans would speed stuff up but it is still moving at a snails pace.
     
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    Gawadar needs Infrastructure as currently the only Connection of Gawadar to the rest of Pakistan is through Coastal Highway that reaches Karachi and then to rest of Pakistan. What is the point of having an highway which connects two Sea Ports because in the end of the day why would any Ship going to unload at Gawadar when they have Karachi port connected with rest of Pakistan by Road and by Rail both. That is why Gawadar is still not started Functioning and that need to change by hook or by crook either those Miscreants in Baluchistan want it or not. Following should be done first to get Gawadar Running:

    1. Connect it with Multan(connect it at Sukker with Sukker-Khi road) and Quetta(connecting it to Sibi Point of Khi-Qta road) at least.

    2. 3-5 years after Port started utilizing Sizable Capacity Railway lines should started laid down till Nearest Dry Port.

    3. All those Roads need to be handed over to either Army or separate Force that should be built to protect Infrastructure.
     
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    Not without significant growth driven policies in Pakistan. Right now priority should be electricity grid being remapped, and education. But nothing happening.
     
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    Rome was built in a day? :D
     
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    I find it strange that some Pakistanis think that prosperity is achieved by building grand structures and projects all on their own. Metrobuses, x, y and z project. This will not suffice. When you take on a project, say the metrobus, you sit down, and ask the economic benefits and viability with budget, very first thing you consider, what will the metrobus bring apart from the novel idea of something new and exciting? Is it going to increase economic activity, efficiency? Will the local economy benefit? What is the opportunity cost, of both the money, time and other resources used in building, using and maintaining such a project. This is something I found, our politicians, no matter who they are can't seem to grasp, as if forcing down market prices to provide 'relief' to rather ridiculous demands will bring about actual, sustainable prosperity.

    Every project we undertake must be done with a few things in mind, prosperity, profit, returns, viability and need. We can build billions of dollars worth of bullet trains between one village and the other. Does that fix our problems? Far from it, it's actually a massive waste of money and a waste of debt that the future consumer will have to pay off.

    There are some terrible inefficiencies in projects, I know people always cite corruption, which is almost absolute destruction of funds, but inefficiency is harder spot and much, much harder to fix. I've always said, Pak politicians, even if their hearts were in the right place, they still would fail, they aren't competent in these matters. We have an accountant in charge of the exchequer, what kind of backward nation does that?

    But on Gwadar, it's really what you make it, the Chinese wont fix underlying problems that might keep Gwadar from reaching it's full potential, throwing money at it, without real understanding won't fix anything either. This is something investors understand, so it's really no surprise that investors fled Pakistan as if it were a sinking ship.

    Some very serious thought needs to be given to efficiency, sustainability, and optimum management of a such a simple economy. And yes, Pakistan's economic troubles aren't nearly as complicated as they seem, some very small steps, some very painful steps need to be taken to ensure prosperity in the long run. But nothing is happening, and the opposition gives me no hope either, clogging the capital for weeks on end, investors flee, markets react poorly, economic activity severely blocked, and then go on demanding some artificial and unsustainable form of relief for the poorest, that too to be paid off in debt.

    It's a hopeless situation with such simple solutions.