Pakistan seek positive development from Afghanistan and CAR states

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Pakistan seek positive development from Afghanistan and CAR states

ISLAMABAD - Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood has said Gwadar port would provide huge opportunities to the energy rich Central Asian Countries and Afghanistan for regional trade connectivity.

Talking to APP in an exclusive interview here, adviser Abdul Razak Dawood said that government was prioritizing the economic integration to promote regional trade and connect the regional important trade players with the deep sea port Gwadar.

Replying to question, he said that Central Asian Republic (CARs) are demanding to providing them trade facilitation in Gwadar and Bin Qasim sea port for international and regional trade and providing them the facility of the warehouse.

Adviser said Deep Sea Port of Gwadar has its own Geo-Strategic and economic importance which was located at the centre of regional connectivity and a possible railway link from Gwadar to Kandhar and other parts of Afghanistan.

He said Central Asia via Afghanistan can become a key trade and transportation route for the entire region.

Razak Dawood said that Pakistan was actively participating in regional forums of Central Asia Economic Cooperation (CAREC) and Quadrilateral Traffic in Transit Agreement (QTTA) so that maximum benefits could be taken when the Gwadar Port operates at full capacity in near future.

Government of Afghanistan has requested Pakistan to provide Cross-Stuffing Facility at Gwadar Port, he said.

He informed that when modalities are finalized by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), ample employment opportunities will be generated for the locals.

He said development of Gwadar Port under China-Pakistan Economic Corridors (CPEC) would provide more opportunities to establish new industries as huge investment has been pouring in under CPEC and it will also provide the shortest possible route to the goods in transit.

He said that with the improvement in Trans-shipment facilities at Gwadar, the whole dynamics of the regional connectivity would be changed.

The Adviser said that Gwadar was at strategic location giving China and Central Asia an access to the Gulf Region and the Middle East.

He said that in future, it would be a main Sea-gate for the Central Asia. It would also become easy to send products from Xinxiang and Central Asian countries to other regions, he said.

Replying to another question, he said that this port was likely to reduce transport time for goods from Gwadar to Western China and the Central Asian Republics by 60% to 70%. Razak Dawood said that all possible steps are being taken by the Ministry of Commerce, in coordination with other stakeholders, to provide modern facilities at Gwadar Port so that goods clearance time may be reduced as per the set international standards.