Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the shipment of trade goods from world’s largest deep sea port, Gwadar Port to international markets today marking the historic launch of trade activity through China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Gwadar port is located on the Arabian Sea and it occupies a strategic location between South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East.
During his day long visit to Gwadar, the prime minister will also address a ceremony of launching the first mega pilot trade cargo. The trade caravan reached Gwadar from China under the strict security cover of Pakistan Army and other security agencies that would now be shipped to its next export destinations. The country’s top political and military leadership, including Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai, CM Zehri and Islamabad-based ambassadors of several countries will also attend the event.
“This is the onset of the progress that has been awaited for years. But now this journey will continue till the times to come,” the Prime Minister House said in a statement.
Gwadar Port is rich of new possibilities not only for Pakistan and China but also for the whole world with a scope of import and export activity from Central Asia to the Middle East. The shipment of first trade cargo from Gwadar to the international market heralds a changed Pakistan. Starting its journey from Kashghar, the trade cargo reached Gwadar safely from Gilgit Baltistan after travelling throughout the country that also manifested the image of a peaceful Pakistan.
Gwadar was a Nature’s gift to Pakistan. Chinese friendship and cooperation had made it more valuable. “We are crossing new milestone into a new era of progress and international relations,”
Every region and the province of Pakistan will benefit from the CPEC that is a comprehensive project of peace and economic progress. Besides Pakistan and China, even Iran, Afghanistan and central Asian States will also take advantage of the project that will also make an impact on the eastern region within few years. Besides enhancing communication network, supply, trade and cultural links, the Corridor will also help promote peace, resources and harmony in the region.
A Special Security Force has been raised to provide a security cover to the Chinese investors. Gwadar is also being made a safe city too boost investors’ confidence. The construction of a new international airport is also under way in Gwadar to facilitate the movement of investors. Moreover, Gwadar city is also being connected with rest of the country through road and rail networks.
With Gwadar port getting operational today, it is expected that the groundbreaking move would end new doors of prosperity and business developments for the country. China is building a network of roads and power plants under a project known as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that is expected to absorb $46 billion in Chinese investment in the coming decades.