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    Handover of Gwadar port

    After years of languishing, Gwadar port is finally set to be handed over to a credible operator who has signalled a willingness to also invest in the associated infrastructure to bring the facility into operation. This is a good development and deserves to be received with optimism.

    Thus far the port is handling less than 3pc of the cargo that Karachi does between its two harbours.

    The main reason for this has been its relative isolation from the country’s transport infrastructure such as roads and railways as well as its inability to serve as a home for a large number of skilled workers, which are required to operate a port.

    The city of Gwadar lacks the water resources, as well as housing and other services such as educational and health facilities to provide for a large workforce.

    It is connected to the rest of the country via a single road that leads to Karachi, which makes shipping goods there more expensive than Karachi since the cost of overland transport is far greater. Without these investments, as well as warehousing and other storage infrastructure, the port would be destined to languish.


    But all that is about to change, we are told. In February, the port was handed over to the China Overseas Port Holding company as part of a larger transition towards making it operational. Issues surrounding the acquisition of land from the navy and coastguard were also resolved, and over 2,000 acres are set to be transferred to the port authorities for building an industrial park. Additionally, the Chinese have agreed to build the road infrastructure connecting the harbour with Sukkur and an international airport, along with a Gwadar Economic Free Zone, although details of these commitments are not yet known. The agreements required to initiate this work are reportedly going to be signed during the visit of China’s President Xi Jinping soon.

    There is little doubt that the move to make Gwadar port fully operational will have a transformative impact on Pakistan. Still, there are good reasons to keep the optimism controlled, and to be mindful of the challenges ahead. For one, much of the engagement with China is being seen in Pakistan through an emotional lens, as friendly assistance by a brotherly neighbour. In fact, much of this assistance is coming on commercial terms, and the Chinese have been known to walk away from large projects in Pakistan when they believe that the authorities here have failed to live up to their end of the bargain. There is much that needs to be done by Pakistan to make the Chinese opportunity a reality, and there are question marks hanging over the government’s ability to do so. Instead of undue optimism, it would be better if more energy were invested in doing the homework that is necessary to successfully see this project through.

    Published in Dawn, April 14th, 2015

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1175729/han...of-gwadar-port
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    Re: China-Pakistan: Gwadar Port

    You need to build infrastructure(roads,railway to Gwadar port) fast to make it profitable.
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    Re: China-Pakistan: Gwadar Port

    Quote Originally Posted by T-123456 View Post
    You need to build infrastructure(roads,railway to Gwadar port) fast to make it profitable.
    I am sure China will do this asap better than Pakistan would have done.
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    China gets 40-year rights on Pakistani port

    China has been granted operation rights for 40 years at a port in Gwadar, a strategic deep-water seaport in Pakistan, Hong Kong-based Pheonix TV reported.

    Infrastructure construction is nearly complete and the port could be put into full use by the end of the year, Dostain Khan Jamaldini, chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority, was quoted as saying. It could serve as a vital economic hub linking China and Pakistan, he said.

    Gwadar, on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Pakistan’s western province of Balochistan, occupies a strategic location between South and Central Asia and the Middle East, being situated at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, just outside the Strait of Hormuz, gateway for about 20 per cent of the world’s oil.

    It is also the end of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which runs about 3,000 kilometres from Gwadar to the northwestern Chinese city of Kashgar, an important part of the ancient Silk Road linking China with Eurasia and Africa.

    Oil from the Middle East could be offloaded at Gwadar and transported to China through the corridor, cutting the current 12,000 km journey to 2,395 km.

    The TV station quoted Riaz Mohammad Khan, advisory board member of the Centre for International Strategic Studies as saying: “It (the port) will turn the tables… it will really benefit Pakistan and China”.

    The economic corridor is an under-construction development connecting Gwadar to China’s Xinjiang via roads, railways and pipelines to transport oil and gas. It will act as a bridge for the new Maritime Silk Route that envisages linking three billion people in Asia, Africa and Europe, part of a trans-Eurasian project proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013.

    “Oil from the region to China will be facilitated,” said Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in 2013 when China was given the contract to operate the port. Gwadar would become a hub of trade and commerce in the region, bringing together the countries of Central Asia and lending new impetus to Pakistan-China relations, he said.

    China is expected to invest $1.62 billion in the Gwadar project, including construction of an eastern expressway linking the harbour and coastline, an international airport, breakwater and nine other projects expected to be completed in three to five years.

    Gwadar will soon start building a container terminal measuring 1,200 metres and a 300-metre-long cargo terminal that can harbour four berths.

    When fully operational, Gwadar will promote the economic development of Pakistan and become a gateway for Central Asian countries, including Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, linking Sri Lanka, Iran and Xinjiang to undertake marine transport.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015...akistani-port/

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    Re: China gets 40-year rights on Pakistani port

    Giving the port to the Chinese for 40 years is perhaps naïve. What will Pakistan see out of this deal?

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    Re: China-Pakistan: Gwadar Port

    Gawadar Port once made operational will boost the economy and enhance security of both Pakistan and China. it should not matter what share either country get as long as Pakistan is a net gainer in this

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