PM Imran Khan approves a ship-breaking yard for Gwadar city
Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved establishing ship-breaking yard in Gwadar city, a policy board for the same is being formulated.
The announcement about ship-breaking yard has come during a high-level meeting, chaired Chief Minister Balochistan.
The meeting was attended by:
- Federal Minister for Defense Production Zubaida Jalal
- Finance Minister Asad Umar
Document of Gwadar Ship-breaking Yard:
In 2007, the PC1 document of Gwadar Ship-breaking Yard was presented. But due to lack of interest by successive governments, it could not proceed.
Now on a partnership basis with the induction of manufacturing, training workshops, and parking stations, Prime Minister Khan has approved the project.
“The government will welcome all projects in the better interests of people of the province.” CM Balochistan said.
Benefits from the project:
The will fulfill the country’s shipping needs and create job opportunities for the local population.
Completion of the project:
The meeting was also briefed about the completion of the project and land allocation for the ship-breaking yard.
The finance minister said that all decisions regarding Balochistan and Gwadar will be made with the consultation of the provincial government.
Approval of the plan:
The meeting agreed that approval of Gwadar Master Plan and other affairs will be inked jointly by the stakeholders and both federal and provincial governments.
Balochistan will get its due share in CPEC – Finance minister
The Finance Minister Asad Umar, in his recent visit to Quetta, vowed to end any injustice and foster industrialization in the Balochistan.
In the second phase of CPEC, all attention would be paid to industrialization in Balochistan. The federal government is actively working to give Balochistan its due share in CPEC, Umar said.
He said that government is working to introduce new effective policies for the revival of the country’s industries and agriculture.
Talking about the previous governments, The finance minister said that previous governments have destroyed all sectors due to their personal benefits.
Because of this, Pakistan has plunged into the worst financial crisis, but through our new policies, we have embarked on the revival of industries, he added.
The Minister shared his views on Balochistan government’s recent stance on CPEC. He said that the federal government is working to give Balochistan its share in CPEC. Steps are being taken to end poverty in the province, he added.
One billion dollar package by CPEC body:
Earlier this week, Information Minister of Balochistan, Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi informed that $1 billion packages have been approved for social development.
It was announced at the 8th meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Development plans by China:
China has vowed to develop Gwadar port, Gwadar Airport, transport, energy, infrastructure, Pak-China Friendship Hospital, and Gwadar Master Plan. Balochistan has now a share of 9% in CPEC, the Minister told.
Special Economic Zone:
A new Special Economic Zone will be established in Balochistan under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP).
Infrastructure related projects; DIG Khan-Zhob section, Quetta-Zhob section, and Quetta-Sorab Section are also included in CPEC.
Expressing concerns over the slow progress of CPEC development projects in Balochistan, the provincial government promised to expedite development projects in the province to provide speedy relief to the people.
PM Khan’s vision for a Naya Balochistan
Earlier in October, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that his government is committed to bringing a positive change in the lives of the people of Balochistan.
He regretted that the previous governments had exploited the deprivation of the people of Balochistan for their personal gains.
PM had assured that Balochistan will get its due share in the CPEC. He also said that through cooperation between federal and provincial government, true potentials of Balochistan will be realized.