Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Tuesday said that the Special Economic Zone, Dhabjei was being developed through a private partner at a cost of Rs18 billion to provide `plug and play’ facility to the investors within next five year.
He said this while speaking at the signing ceremony of the Concession Agreement with ZKB, a private partner for development of the Special Economic Zone, Dhabeji, said a statement. The ceremony was attended by Provincial ministers, advisors, leading businessmen and senior bureaucrats.
The chief minister said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has achieved significant milestones through joint efforts of the governments, enterprises, and people of both countries.
“The first phase of the CPEC, which focused on energy and infrastructure projects met its successful completion and now the second phase is set to boost Pak-China cooperation in agriculture and initiate an era of industrialization through establishment of Special Economic Zones,” he said.
Dhabeji Industrial Zone is a flagship project of the Sindh government and one of the priority projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. “This project will strengthen the industrial cooperation between Pakistan and China,” he said and added “it is ideally located near Karachi which provides a gateway to Central Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Africa.”
Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the project has been launched under the Public Private Partnership mode. “We had received a number of bids but after a long evaluation process, ZKB has been finalized as the developer of the project,” he said and added that ZKB would develop its complete infrastructure, including roads, electricity, water and such others required for a leading economic zone.
Talking about economic benefits of the project, the CM said that it would attract an investment of over $5 billion and to generate 200,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities.
The project will offer state-of-the-art infrastructure, utilities at the doorstep and easy access to the ports of Karachi and the main railway line (ML-1), the CM said and added that a Jetty to connect Port Qasim with Dhabeji zone has also been envisaged to facilitate export-oriented industries.
He said a dedicated railway cargo deck from the zone to ML-1 near Dhabeji junction (Mainline1) was being planned to provide direct logistical connectivity with upcountry for transportation of finished goods hence, making it the most viable and connected Industrial Zone in the region.—APP