Karachi: Federal Minister for Ports & Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo has said that the successful accomplishment of Chinese-administered Gwadar Port depends only on the inputs from the local industrialists who should review the planned facilities and accordingly give inputs for further improvements. “The Ministry of Ports & Shipping will ensure that all required facilities are available at the Gwadar Port for local industrialists across Pakistan”, Hasil Bizenjo said while exchanging views during visit to Karachi Chamber on Monday. The business and industrial community’s inputs will surely be welcomed and taken up at all levels including the provincial and federal levels so that local industrialists across Pakistan could benefit from Gwadar Port, he added. Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairmen BMG and Former Presidents KCCI Tahir Khaliq and Zubair Motiwala, President KCCI Shamim Ahmed Firpo, Senior Vice President KCCI Asif Nisar, Vice President Muhammad Younus Soomro and KCCI Managing Committee members were also present at the meeting.
Referring to the concerns expressed by Karachi Chamber over inactive Ports & Shipping Committee since its formation by Kamran Michael Former Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping, Hasil Khan Bizenjo assured to immediately activate this crucial committee whose meeting will be personally presided over by him after October 30th 2016. “We will thoroughly discuss the issues being faced by business and industrial community in dealing with port authorities and shipping companies”, he added.
The Ports and Shipping Minister also stressed the need for efficient port operations in Pakistan as it takes five to ten days or even more to get a container cleared from ports in Karachi due to manual examination and obsolete scanners. “Such container is released within half hour at many efficient ports around the world because of their focus on automation and availability of smart scanners. We cannot be up to the mark and compete in any field if our port activities are slow”, he said, adding that the business community should come forward to give suggestions on improving the port operations.
Referring to KCCI’s representation at Karachi Port Trust and Port Qasim Authority, Hasil Khan assured to give similar representation to Karachi Chamber on the Board of Gwadar Port as well. “Ports and Shipping sector can only be strengthened with the cooperation of business community”, he added.
Siraj Teli urged that FBR should devise a system to analyze the city-wise revenue contribution which will obviously defy all the claims being made by those individuals who usually refuse to accept Karachi’s contribution and come up with lame excuses that Karachi’s contribution was mainly due to the Ports and Head Offices of Companies etc.
He requested the Minister to raise voice for the rights of Karachi and make sure that the financial and industrial hub of Pakistan gets due importance from the federal government.