Seven countries commit coop for Gwadar’s development

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Islamabad

Seven regional countries includ-ing Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Kenya and Qatar on Monday ex-pressed their commitment for co-operation on the development of Gwadar.

With their respective ambassa-dors present at a ceremony at-tended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the regional countries showed their support for the de-velopment of Pakistan’s port city.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on the occasion also witnessed the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding with the Govern-ment of China for carrying out development projects in Gwadar.

The accords included the im-plementation agreement on set-ting up of 1.2 MGD desalination plant to resolve the shortage of drinking water for the residents of Gwadar.

Other agreement included China’s grant for solar generators for South Balochistan, and the groundbreaking of North Gwadar Free Zone and Enterprises.

Also on the occasion, the Chi-nese investors, through video-link from Shanghai, showed the ‘Expression of Commitment for Investment’.

Those who pledged to invest in Balochistan’s differ-ent sectors included Huang Weiguo (textile), Huang Daoyuan (prefabricated technol-ogy), Fang Hongyan (agricul-ture), Shen Jian (wool spinning), David Dia and Chen Yi (dairy processing) and Bao Dequan (textile).

The factories inaugurated on the occasion included chemical fertilizer factory, Gwadar Animal Vaccination factory and lubricant factory, besides the opening of Gwadar Tissue Plant Laboratory.

Chairman Senate Sadiq San-jrani, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Infor-mation Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal, Minis-ter for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi were present.

Earlier, Chairman Gwadar Port Authority Naseer Khan Kashani briefed the ambassadors on the model of Gwadar Free Port Zone and the facilities being provided at the seaport.—APP

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