A two-day International Maritime Conference (IMC) on CPEC and Gwadar Port was organized under the auspices of Pakistan Navy in coordination with Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform and Parliamentary Committee on CPEC at Gwadar.
Photo caption: A two-day International Maritime Conference (IMC) on CPEC and Gwadar Port is held.[Photo/ China.org.cn]
The Conference under the theme “CPEC &Gwadar Port as Harbinger of Regional Integration and Maritime Economic Development,” was aimed at examining the politico-strategic, maritime economic and security dimensions of the CPEC project and the challenges and opportunities arising in the economic domain from its implementation.
During the inaugural address, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah highlighted the significance of CPEC for economic progress of Pakistan. He highlighted that Indian Ocean has emerged as a critical maritime space which evokes the greatest interest worldwide. Its importance stems from vitality of its choke points and sea trade. Therefore, Maritime Security in the region is of prime importance and Pakistan Navy has been playing an active role for ensuring a secure and stable maritime environment. CPEC with the potential to set off economic connectivity and growth on a broader geographic canvas will reinforce this need. He further added that Pakistan Navy has formulated robust employment and development strategies to safeguard national maritime interests. Pakistan Navy is being strengthened and continues to receive government patronage as necessitated in the emerging scenario. The realization of full potential offered by CPEC will contribute towards making Pakistan prosperous and stronger.
Zhao Baige, Vice Chair of NPC Foreign Affairs Committee, said in her address that CPEC is the link between this region and rest of the world and Gwadar port is the materialization of the dream of “One Belt One Road.” She added that we recognize and appreciate the role of Pakistan Navy in stability and security of this project, which is embedded with huge dividends of prosperity for this region.
Photo caption: Admiral Muhammad Zaka ullah NI (M), the Chief of the Naval Staff addressing inaugural session of International Maritime Conference on CPEC and Gwadar Port.[Photo/ China.org.cn]
Sanaullah Zehri, Chief Minister of Balochistan and the Chief Guest of inaugural session of the Conference, said that CPEC is one of the most important initiative of China and Pakistan in the history of our country. He said that geographical position of Pakistan and natural deep sea port of Gwadar are the great blessings of the nature. The CM ensured the foreign investors of the conducive and secure environment for business to reap benefits out of this CPEC related project as well.
Minister of Ports and Shipping, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo was the Chief Guest of the last session of the first day. The theme of this session was “CPEC and socio-economic development.” During this session, different papers were presented by renowned national and international speakers.
The sessions were also attended by Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Provincial Ministers, Iranian Ambassador to Turkey, Alireza Bikdeli, Former Naval Chief, Members of Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, Foreign delegates, local dignitaries, Government Officials, Experts of maritime sector and notables of civil society.