Gwadar – Mes­siah for De­vel­op­ment

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The newly elected Prime Min­is­ter, Nawaz Sharif in his open­ing ad­dress to the National Assem­bly, ve­he­mently men­tioned the de­vel­op­ment of Gwadar. It shows the se­ri­ous­ness of the newly elected PM, Nawaz Sharif to run the coun­try on its own eco­nomic wheels in­stead of for­eign - beg and bor­row pol­icy. No coun­try has pro­gressed, nor ever will un­til she de­vel­ops her own projects in the coun­try. The Gwadar pro­ject has the po­ten­tial to give boost to the present crip­pled econ­omy of the coun­try in a short span of time. At the same time it has the po­ten­tial to take the coun­try’s econ­omy to greater heights and bring it in line with the de­vel­oped coun­tries. If we an­a­lyze the Gwadar’s po­ten­tial from a lay­man point of view, it has the ad­van­tage over all ex­ist­ing and con­tem­po­rary ports of the re­gion. The lo­ca­tion of Gwadar port is such that world busi­ness and trade con­verge and di­verge at this place. Due to its geo strate­gic lo­ca­tion, the CARs (Cen­tral Asian Re­publics) have a short route to world mar­kets and at the same time the de­vel­oped coun­tries have an easy ac­cess to the CARs nat­u­ral re­sources. Gwadar is only 1500 km from CARs (Turk­menistan, Uzbek­istan &Ta­jik­istan). Se­condly, African con­ti­nent, es­pe­cially eastern side is at stone’s throw dis­tance from Gwadar. The nat­u­ral re­sources of Africa can be eas­ily shipped to Gwadar and af­ter due value ad­di­tion will be re shipped to the global con­sumer’s mar­kets. Thirdly, half of the world pop­u­la­tion (China & In­dia) is con­nected through land and sea with Gwadar and will be po­ten­tial buy­ers of the prod­ucts of CARs/Africa. Any prod­uct brought to Gwadar from CARs & Africa can be eas­ily mar­keted and trans­ported to th­ese two coun­tries as well as to the needy coun­tries. Fourthly, oil rich Mid­dle East’s oil is shipped un­der our watch­ful eye from our coastal belt. Gwadar is ide­ally can be shipped/ piped to any coun­try of the world short of en­ergy. Due to lo­ca­tion,

Gwadar’s ge­o­graph­i­cal it is well poised to have tran­ship­ment as well as tran­sit trade. Dubai is earn­ing bil­lions of $ yearly from tran­ship­ment which is 700 km ahead of Gwadar and has to pass through Strait of Hor­muz which re­strict the ships move­ment. For tran­ship­ment and tran­sit trade there is not a sin­gle county which is de­pen­dent on Dubai. Iran has her own ports (Ban­dar Ab­bas and Chaba­har), Oman has her own port of Salalah. Sim­i­larly Pak­istan has her own ports (port Qasim, Karachi and Gwadar). For tran­sit trade CARs and China’s west are de­pen­dent on Gwadar. In case we are able to de­velop un­der­stand­ing with In­dia, the western part of In­dia will pre­fer to have tran­sit trade through Gwadar as it lies at shorter dis­tance than In­dian ports. Gwadar is a God gifted nat­u­ral deep sea port un­like the con­tem­po­rary ports of Iran and Dubai. It has the ca­pac­ity to have 88 berths and abil­ity 2,00,000 DWT. Be­ing a nat­u­ral deep sea port it re­quires less main­te­nance cost as com­pared to other ports. The ports at­tract busi­ness and trade like a mag­net, mainly due to cheap sea trans­porta­tion. We are ide­ally lo­cated & con­nected to most of the coun­tries of the world through sea thus hav­ing more trade and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties. The avail­abil­ity of raw ma­te­rial of CARs and Africa, be­ing a seller on one hand and the de­vel­oped coun­tries be­ing the buyer on the other hand, will gen­er­ate im­mense eco­nomic and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties thus mak­ing Gwadar the eco­nomic epi cen­tre of the world. At present, one of the main prob­lem of the coun­try is un­em­ploy­ment. Gwadar de­vel­op­ment will gen­er­ate mil­lions of job op­por­tu­ni­ties start­ing from a labour till an ex­ec­u­tive class. Thus Gwadar has the po­ten­tial to ad­dress the un­em­ploy­ment of the coun­try cou­pled

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