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Old August 15th, 2004, 06:57 PM   #1
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Ideally Located in the heart of Gwadar, Platinum City is a mega project stretching on an area of 500 acres. On the east gate, Platinum City is linked to the central boulevard, while the west gate opens at the coastal highway. Designed and built to perfection by top class professionals, Platinum City provides the most complete living in an environment, which is free from pollution and promises complete peace of mind.
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Old August 15th, 2004, 10:18 PM   #3
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Those pictures ... they arent really what platinum city is going to look like yeah? i mean they arent a type of rendering ... theyre just random pics of some city right?
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Old August 16th, 2004, 04:26 AM   #4
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Those pictures ... they arent really what platinum city is going to look like yeah? i mean they arent a type of rendering ... theyre just random pics of some city right?
yes.. the renderings are not out yet
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Old August 16th, 2004, 05:14 AM   #5
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Those pics look part Calgary and part Vancouver. The name of the city sounds good. D u know what will be the cost?
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Old August 16th, 2004, 10:35 AM   #6
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lets just hope they dont build it outta platinum, thtad really mess up paks coffers, lol, nah but seriously, i wanna see some development pics, /renderins and stuff, ive looked on google and cant seem to find anything.
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I dont think the planning is at that advanced a stage yet. Theyre concentrating on finishing the Port and basic facilities and upgrade of Gwadar ... then once the investment starts coming in ... the city will start to boom aswell.
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Old August 16th, 2004, 06:11 PM   #8
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Well they show highrises from other cities which is a good sign this city will have quite a number of good number of highrise buildings as well. Will it be the same quality that's a different story but for now it looks like Gwadar may just end up as Pakistan's Highrise Capital.
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Old August 16th, 2004, 07:02 PM   #9
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lol, thatd certainly be interestin, at the karachi is pbly first wit lahore second.
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Well they show highrises from other cities which is a good sign this city will have quite a number of good number of highrise buildings as well. Will it be the same quality that's a different story but for now it looks like Gwadar may just end up as Pakistan's Highrise Capital.
if Gwadar builds quality highrises, Karachi would want some too then....

then competition, Gwadar vs Karachi, and then after PC in Lahore is complete, Lahore would jump in too, and then following Lahore would be other cities around Pakistan.

its just a circle.. Gwadar could be a trend stter
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Old August 16th, 2004, 09:10 PM   #11
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What I don't get is why in the heck does Karachi have a height restriction?
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Old August 17th, 2004, 11:01 AM   #12
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dunno, does karachi have earth quakes, coz if it does, that cud be the reason.
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Old January 19th, 2005, 04:12 PM   #13
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China agrees to finance further deepening of Gwadar seaport

JAKARTA, April 23 : Chinese President Hu Jin Tao has conveyed Beijing's agreement to President Pervez Musharraf on financing further deepening of Gwadar deepport in Pakistan's southern province of Balochistan.

China will finance the project from the remaining preferential buyers' credit of US dollars 500 million extended to Pakistan.

Meeting on the sidelines of the Asian-African Summit yesterday, the two leaders expressed satisfaction with the state of bilateral ties including the outcome of Premier Wen Jiabao's recent visit to Pakistan.

Hu Jin Tao said the Treaty of Friendship concluded during the Chinese Premier's visit, is the first of its kind Beijing has with any South Asian country. This will further develop relations of 'strategic cooperative partnership' between the two long-standing
allies, he said.

President Musharraf said Pakistan looks forward to having greater access for its products to China's expanding market. This, he said, would help augment trade and also
address imbalance in bilateral trade.

The two leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest including the UN reforms.

President Musharraf briefed the Chinese leader about his just-concluded visit to New Delhi, during which he had substantive talks with the Indian leadership for resolution of outstanding issues including lingering Jammu and Kashmir dispute
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'US not against Gwadar port construction'

'US not against Gwadar port construction'

ISLAMABAD April 22 : United States has shown no mal-intentions against the construction of multi-billion Gwadar Port negating the impression created by some quarters to hamper Pak-US relations. US Ambassador to Pakistan, Ryan C. Crocker called on Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping, Babar Khan Ghouri in his office and discussed with him matters of mutual interests related with ports and shipping. Speaking on the occasion, Crocker said there are merely rumours that US do not like the construction of Gwadar Port.

He wished that the port would be a successful venture for local, Americans and other foreign investors. He was also very much convinced about the projects launched by the present regime for the improvement of ports in Pakistan.

Crocker was of the belief that the facilities of trade for Afghanistan and Central Asian Republic States would be increased manifold after the construction of Gwadar Port.

Speaking on the occasion, Babar Ghouri informed Crocker about the development of ports and shipping sector undertaken by the present regime. He said that Gwadar Port has been constructed to enhance the business activities for Afghanistan and Central Asian Republican States. With the construction of the port, he was of the view that not only the transhipment and trade transit for Afghanistan would be reduced but also the poor masses of Balochistan would be benefited in many respects.

The minister assured that the government of Pakistan would extend every possible facility to the investors from America at Gwadar Port. Its first phase is ready for operation soon.

Ghouri told the US ambassador that the government has given a lot of incentives to attract local and foreign investors ie special economic zone has been constructed which is free from all kind of taxes.

The government has also launched certain projects at Port Qasim and Karachi Port ie Port Tower, Water Jet, Industrial Park and World Trade Centre.

He said that a space for the construction of American Consulate at Karachi would be made available shortly. Scanners have been installed on the ports at Karachi from security point of view as well as timely clearance of cargo by the respective department.
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Rs 30Bln 5-year security plan for Gwadar in SW Pakistan

Rs 30Bln 5-year security plan for Gwadar in SW Pakistan
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QUETTA: A five- year Security plan has been evolved at Gwadar keeping in view its development as international sea port, oil and gas imports from Turkmenistan and Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.

This was stated at a briefing attended by Governor Balochistan, Owais Ahmed Ghani and Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Muhammad Yousuf here Monday at Central Police Office.

The cost of the plan is Rs 30 billion and all expenses would be borne by the federal government, the Governor and CM were informed at the briefing.

New police stations for entire Gwadar district and city, police posts and latest weaponry are parts of the project besides employment to another 4500 police officials.

A training center would also be established at Gwadar to train the new recruits besides providing adequate residential facilities to them.

In the first phase Motorway police would be introduced on Coastal Highway and initially area from zero point up to 50 kilometers would be given under the control of Motorway police
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Police chalk out Rs 3bn plan for Gwadar security

Police chalk out Rs 3bn plan for Gwadar security

QUETTA: In view of the development of Gwadar as an international seaport and security of the proposed projects of import of oil and gas from Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan via Gwadar as well as the Iran-Pak-India gas pipeline, the Balochistan police department has prepared a five-year Police Plan for Gwadar.

The plan would cost Rs 3 billion and the federal government would provide the funds for the purpose. Balochistan Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and Chief Minister Jam Muhammad Yousuf were briefed about the Gwadar police plan during their visit to the Central Police Office (CPO) here on Monday.

They were informed that new police stations and police posts would be established, and all necessary facilities will be provided to them. Over 5,500 police personnel would be recruited in the Police force, who would be provided training at the Police Training School to be established in Gwadar under the plan. The police personnel would also be provided residential facilities. The details about the administrative structure of the police under the plan were also stated on the occasion.

It was also stated that the Motorway Police section is being set up on the Coastal Highway and initially the portion of 50 km from the Zero Point would be given under the supervision of the Motorway Police. The governor and chief minister appreciated the plan and hoped that this would help fulfil the requirements of security in Gwadar.

They directed to prepare PC-I of the multipurpose trade and residential centre under the Benevolent Fund in order to meet the requirements of the government offices, residences of the officers and staff as well as the offices of the private sector and the financial institutions.

Later, they inaugurated the website of the Balochistan Police. They were informed that Balochistan is the first among the provinces where a comprehensive website of the Police department has been prepared. The common citizens would be able to know about the performance of the police department and they would also be able to send their complaints and suggestions to improve the performance through the website.

The governor and chief minister expressed their pleasure over the preparation of the website. They also lauded the performance of the police with regard to controlling the crime, particularly preventing terrorism and protecting the life and property of the people.

Also present on the occasion were Provincial Home Minister, Mir Shoaib Nausherwani, Provincial Police Officer Chaudhry Muhammad Yaqoob, Director General Gwadar Development Authority (Civil) and senior police officials.
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Water supply
Water supply is being improved, seven jetties are being constructed and local fishermen are being given motor engine run boats.

Electric Power Supply
A number of electric power generation projects are also being carried out in Gawadar and in its surroundings. The Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO), a subsidiary of the WAPDA, has geared up the work for building the power transmission line. It is expected to be completed. A power station of 132 KV is under construction.

Air Port
Gawadar has a small airport, which is basically meant for fokker aircraft. The need is growing for the expansion of this airport and enlargement of its runway to facilitate the landing of wide body aeroplanes. CAA has been directed to upgrade the Gawadar Airport for the landing of Airbuses by the end of 2004. Gawadar port will be open air and after its inauguration the jet planes shall be landing at the Gawadar airport. A sum of 2.3 million dollars is being utilized from Omani grant. The Pakistan government and the Civil Aviation Authority are also contributing additional Rs. 563.35 million for this purpose. The new international Air Port of Gawadar has been planned in the north east of the final master plan of Gawadar.


Dry Port
China wants to set up a dry port near the Pakistan-China border, so that western China could also benefit from the Gawadar seaport and it will create a ribbon of economic activity and hundreds of new jobs along the proposed highway linking Gawadar with the Karakoram highway in the north.


Rice Zone
Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP)-apex body of the rice exporters in the country- has decided to establish a rice zone in Gawadar to fetch the opportunities in the area after the construction of new port. The establishment of warehouses will provide extraordinary facilities to rice exporters especially for those who export rice to Iran as the Iranian border is only at a distance of three hours from Gawadar.


Saindak Copper Gold
The Saindak Copper Gold project is in progress by producing 12500 tons 'raw copper' daily. MRDL, a Chinese company, is doing the whole work. To ensure successful implementation of the mega project modern machinery, including crushers, smelters and other plants have been installed in addition to a 50 MW powerhouse. 33 km railway line from Taftan to Saindak has also been laid. The Chinese company MRDL has so far invested $25 million (Rs 1.5 billion) on the project.


Trans Afghan Gas Pipe Line
The 1400km-long Trans-Afghan Gas Pipeline (TAP) from Turkmenistan to Gawadar (Pakistan), the long dormant project that hopes to pump Turkmen natural gas to markets in South Asia, is finally poised to step off the drawing board costing $3 billion.


Makran Coastal Highway
The 715 km Makran Coastal Highway linking Gwadar with Karachi on a 675-mile stretch is going to be lifeline of the Gawadar project. It will be completed in four phases. President Musharraf has already performed the groundbreaking ceremony of second phase under which the Frontier Works Organization is constructing Gawadar Pasni patch. Completion of this highway will open up the area exposing all business opportunities in Gawadar and on Makran coast to the international investors. It is certainly going to attract new townships and settlements of international investors, tourists, and workforce coming from distant lands. The Makran coastal highway will also link Karachi with Iran and, thus, open a new and shorter trade route between the two countries. Gaining access to the more lucrative but landlocked central Asian markets via Iran and Afghanistan is also on the cards.


Linking Cars
The Asian Development Bank has also announced financing for road projects, linking Pakistans Balochistan and Frontier provinces with Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics (CARs), having a total cost of $500 million
Mirani Dam And Canals

Mirani dam construction is another major endeavor being made to develop water resources in the province. The WAPDA is working on the Mirani Dam Project. Its estimated cost is Rs 7.5 billion. More than Rs15 billion would be spent on this project for which the federal government has provided Rs2 billion in the fiscal year 2002-03. It is expected to irrigate 32,000 acres highly fertile and of Dasht Plains in the downstream while more than 20,000 acres in the upstream through recharge of hundreds of dead and old Kans (deep wells linked up from the bottom ensuring a greater flow of water for domestic use and farming).

Other Projects :

Creek City
Golden Palms
Madina City
Globbiz Avenue
Platinum City
DHA PHASE 1 & 2
Sangar Housing Scheme
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Historical Perspective
Located at the entrance of the Persian Gulf and about 460 kms from Karachi, Gwadar has had immense Geostrategic significance on many accounts. The continued unstable regional environment in the Persian Gulf in particular as a result of the Iran/Iraq war, the Gulf war and the emergence of the new Central Asian States has added to this importance. Considering the Geo-economic imperative of the regional changes, the ADB’s Ports Master Plan studies considered an alternate to the Persian Gulf Ports to capture the transit trade of the Central Asian Republic (CAR) as well as the trans-shipment trade of the region. Both Karachi and PQA were considered for such development but were found unattractive to major shipping lines due to the remoteness from the main shipping routes, the limitations of draft for mother ships and large bulk oil carriers and the comparative long turn around times. The ADB studies, however considered Gwadar to have the most advantageous location for such an alternative port in the region, which could handle mother ships and large oil tankers in due course.

Keeping that aspect in view as well as the inherent strategic and economic benefits that Gwadar Port offered, the transport plan of the 8th Five Year Plan (1993-94) of Pakistan included the development of Gwadar Port as an essential element of its aims and objectives. Technical and financial feasibilities therefore were under taken resulting in decisions for the development of Gwadar Port by the Govt. of Pakistan.

The Project started on 22 March 2002, is on fast track and will Inshaullah complete in schedule time i.e March 2005. In fact it would surprise many that with initiative and calculated risk, we have received merchant ships since Jan 2003 and have been able to off load hundreds of tones of cargo imported for the Project, thus saving precious time and money which otherwise is required for transportation of the same cargo by road from Karachi/PQA to Gwadar.

Benefits
Besides the Geostrategic importance mentioned earlier, some of the evident economic benefits of the development of Gwadar Port are:

Capitalize on opportunities for trade with landlocked Central Asian States and Afghanistan.

Promote trade and transport with Gulf States.

Trans-shipment essentially of containerized cargo.

Unlock the development potential of hinterland.

Diversion of influx of human resources from up country to Gwadar instead of Karachi.

Socio economic uplift of the province of Balochistan.

Establishment of shipping related industries.

Oil storage, refinery and petrochemicals

Export Processing and Industrial Zones

Reduce congestion & dependency on existing Ports Complex at Karachi/PQA.

Serve as an alternate port to handle Pakistani trade in case of blockade of existing ports.

Will become a Regional Hub for major trade and commercial activities.


Scope of Work

The development of Gwadar Deep Sea Port as per approved PC-I and Master Plan is to be undertaken in two phases. Phase-I will comprise of:-

3 Multipurpose Berths

Length of Berths 602m

4.5 Km long Approach Channel Dredged to 11.5m-12.5m.

Turning Basin 450m dia.

One 100m Service Berth.

Related port infrastructure and port handling equipment & Pilot Boat, Tugs, Survey Vessel etc.



The port will be equipped with the essential port handling equipment and other infrastructure required for smooth operations of a modern port. On completion of Phase-I, the Port will handle Bulk Carriers of upto 30,000 DWT and Container Vessels of 25,000 DWT. Phase-I will be completed at a cost of Rs.14.9 Billion (US$. 248/- Million) and will complete in 36 months i.e. March 3005.

Phase – II
This Phase of the Project is planned to be built on BOO/BOT basis at an estimated cost US$. 600 Million. It will comprise of 9 additional berths as per following details:-



4 Container Berths.

1 Bulk Cargo Terminal (to handle 100,000 DWT ships).

1 Grain Terminal.

1 Ro-Ro Terminal.

2 Oil Terminals to handle 200,000 DWT ships.


Phase II of the project involves construction of more berths on BOT basis including two container berths, one bulk cargo terminal, one grain terminal with capacity handling vessels up to 100,000 DWT, one roll on/ roll off terminal, two oil piers for vessels up to 200,000 DWT and future expansion of two container berths. On completion of the project, Gwadar Deep-sea port would be on of the world's most strategically located port in this part of the world.

On successful completion of Phase-I, it is anticipated that the private sector would come forward to invest in the second phase of the Project. It is envisaged that the complete development of such a Mega project will take 8-10 years depending on the active participation of the private sector.

Cost of The Project
Total amount equivalent to Rs 14.9 Billion (248 million US dollars) were approved by ECNEC for Phase-I of the project. The financial agreement for development of Phase-I was signed with the Govt. of China on 10 August 2001 under which the Chinese will provide US$. 198 Million and the Govt. of Pakistan will provide US$. 50 Million.

Chinese:

Grant US$ 18 Million.

New Grant Assistance US$ 31 Million.

New Interest Free Loan US$ 31 Million

Govt. Concessional Loan US$ 58 Million

Buyer’s Credit US$ 60 Million

Total US $ 198.00 Million


Pakistani:

Rs. 3000 Million (US 50.00 Million) in Local Currency.


Additional Development Cost:
Additional development costs were also envisaged for Electrical Supply 132 KV Transmission Line from Turbat to Gwadar at an approx cost Rs.360.00 million and a Railway line from Gwadar-Panjgoor-Dalbandin (515 Km) at approx cost of Rs.8, 500 million. This is however not a part of the sanction to the Gwadar Port Development Authority.

Human Resource
The Chinese have mobilized 450 personal from China and hired 512 local workmen as per following detail:-

Chinese: 450

Pakistani: 512


Civil Works and Infrastructure Development:
The design and construction of residential buildings and civil works of various port operation buildings and related infrastructure development is to be undertaken by Pakistani contractors and firms out of the US dollars 50 Million allocated for the Project. In this regard consultants have been hired and process for pre-qualification of contractors has commenced. Similarly, award of contract for the construction of residential area was approved by the MOC in June 2003 and the Contractor has already fully mobilized and a construction activity has started.

Master Plan of GWADAR:
Concurrent with the Port development a Master Plan of Gwadar has been approved by Balochistan Government through NESPAK and which has been a hot topic of discussions at various forums. Implementation of the Master Plan is the responsibility of Govt. of Balochistan. Physically no headway has been made so far which is a matter of concern.

The following potentials have been identified in the Master Plan of Gwadar Deep Sea-port Project:

Increased trade to and from Balochistan and Iran.

Trade potential from Central Asian countries through Afghanistan.

Transit cargo (liquid and dry bulk)

Warehousing and assembly industries (EPZ)

Oil storage, refineries, petrochemical industries etc.

Handle the shipping traffic of the region.


Gwadar Master Plan envisages development of about 18,600 hectares of land for this project including the followings:

Port development in Phase 1 & 11 on 400 hectares.

An Export Processing Zone of 74 hectares located on land adjacent to the port in East Bay.

A Special Industrial Zone of about 4,000 hectares lying to the north of the town.

An oil refinery of 1,000 hectares located to the north east of the town, linked to the proposed oil terminal by an
underground pipeline across East Bay.

A residential area of 400 hectares stretching north of the existing town along West Bay.


To bring Gwadar close to the national mainstream, 700 Km long Makran Coastal Highway is in advanced stage of implementation. It will link Gwadar with Pasni, Ormara and Karachi. An other regional linkage is the Gwadar Ratto-Dero motorway linking it with Indus Highway through Turbat, Awaran and Khuzdar. A rail link is also planned to connect Gwadar to Quetta and Zahidan. Civil Aviation Authority also plans to upgrade the existing length of runway from 5,000 ft to 15,000 ft for operation of wide bodied jet air-crafts. The extension work will begin by end August, 2003 and the extension facilities will be available for use by end 2004.


Investment Opportunities
Some of the evident investment opportunities:-

Master Plan related infrastructure i.e. internal roads & services, water and power and communication services for the new township and the Industrial Zone.

Private owned Ware Houses and Cold Storages.

Private cargo handling equipment and trucking yards.

Corporate Infrastructure i.e. offices for operating firms & agencies.

Development of Industrial Zone and Industries.

Development of Commercial/residential areas & buildings.

Labour related amenities for thousands of workers employed on developmental work of Great Gwadar.

Hotels & Motels.

Hospitals, Colleges & Schools.

Tourism related industry.

Marine related industry i.e. shipyards, dry dock and repair yards.

Marine Fuel bunkering for visiting ships to include large fuel storages and mobile barges etc.

Oil refinery and large oil storages.

Ferry services between Gwadar-Karachi/Oman/Bunder Abbas and UAE.

Industrial Export Processing Zone

Hinterland road; Gwadar – Rattodero Expressway (735 km) will pass through Turbat-Awaran-Khuzdar & Shahdad Kot.

Gwadar-Quetta (via Turbat-Panjgoor-Kharan-Nushki) requires to be widened and improved. This link road will reduce the distance to Quetta from 1090 km to 795 km.

Railway; Gwadar – Panjgoor-Dalbadin (515 km).

Gwadar-Afghanistan via Quetta by National Highway- N-25.


Potential Projects at GWADAR Port
Gwadar being unexplored territory till to date as far as business is concerned; a lot of business activities are possible. There are numerous businesses that offer sizeable profits for the investors in Gwadar. Few are mentioned as under:

1 Fish Processing 13 Shrimp farming, Shrimp /Lobsters
2 Crabs processing 14 Training services in Fisheries and Aquaculture
3 Cold storages, Ice factories 15 Port Management projects.
4 Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plants for profitable purpose 16 Hotels Restaurants & Resorts
5 Business Development 17 Date Processing
6 Service Providers 18 Canned food, Gravel Crush plant
7 Oil Palm cultivation (Govt. of Balochistan can provide land on easy terms) 19 Water sports center and recreation facilities.
8 Marine & Automobile repair workshop 20 Cluster for Internet service providers
9 Renewable Energy; wing, solar- IPP 21 Warehouses
10 Clearing & Forwarding agency 22 Boat building & naval architecture institute
11 Hospitals & Clinics 23 Oil Storage tankers.
12 Re-rolling Mills 24 Ferry Service for Karachi* Ormara-Pasni- Gwadar and up to Oman and Dubai

For more information of Gwadar Project Please contact the following Focal Person:

Gawadar Port
Rear Admiral (Retd) Sarfraz Khan (TIM)
Chairman
Gawadar Port Authority
2nd Floor, M.T. Khan Road, ENSC Building Karachi
Tel: 021-9202369 Res: 021-5878632 Fax: 021-9204050
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It’s amazing that tomorrow’s small fishing village ‘Gwadar’ is fast emerging as a Deep Sea Port today. This is important to note that the Government of Pakistan, keeping in view its utmost significance in the area, has declared ‘Gwadar’ as a Duty Free Port and a Free Economic Zone. This has not only enhanced its commercial worth manifold but has also accelerated the pace of development to an incredible extent.
In fact, Gwadar enjoys the status of a third Deep Sea Port of Pakistan which has a special significance with reference to trade links with Central Asian Countries, Persian Gulf, East Africa, United Arab Emirates and North Western India.

Gwadar by virtue of its finest location, development projects, recreation programmes and Government’s special attention, will soon turn into a city which will be comparable with cities like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.

In view of the promising future of Gwadar, people from Pakistan and abroad who believe in safe and sound investment, are taking keen interest in Gwadar.


Historical Info
Located at the entrance of the Persian Gulf and about 460 kms from Karachi, Gwadar has had immense Geostrategic significance on many accounts. The continued unstable regional environment in the Persian Gulf in particular as a result of the Iran/Iraq war, the Gulf war and the emergence of the new Central Asian States has added to this importance. Considering the Geo-economic imperative of the regional changes, the ADB’s Ports Master Plan studies considered an alternate to the Persian Gulf Ports to capture the transit trade of the Central Asian Republic (CAR) as well as the trans-shipment trade of the region. Both Karachi and PQA were considered for such development but were found unattractive to major shipping lines due to the remoteness from the main shipping routes, the limitations of draft for mother ships and large bulk oil carriers and the comparative long turn around times. The ADB studies, however considered Gwadar to have the most advantageous location for such an alternative port in the region, which could handle mother ships and large oil tankers in due course. Keeping that aspect in view as well as the inherent strategic and economic benefits that Gwadar Port offered, the transport plan of the 8th Five Year Plan (1993-94) of Pakistan included the development of Gwadar Port as an essential element of its aims and objectives. Technical and financial feasibilities therefore were under taken resulting in decisions for the development of Gwadar Port by the Govt. of Pakistan. The Project started on 22 March 2002, is on fast track and will Inshaullah complete in schedule time i.e March 2005. In fact it would surprise many that with initiative and calculated risk, we have received merchant ships since Jan 2003 and have been able to off load hundreds of tones of cargo imported for the Project, thus saving precious time and money which otherwise is required for transportation of the same cargo by road from Karachi/PQA to Gwadar.

Gawadar At A Glance
Gawadar is the District Headquarter of Makran Division in Balochistan, the largest province of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is situated on the coastal line of Makran. Along the coastal line ,there are four Tehsils including Gawadar, Jiwani, Kulanch and Ormara. Jiwani is the only one on the western part of Gawadar, joining Iranian border on Pakistani side. Kulanch and Ormara, on its eastern side are connecting District Lasbela and to Karachi finally. The distance between Gawadar and Karachi in this way, is around 715 km.

Geo-Political Importance Of Gawadar
Dubai is the hub of business not only for Gulf but also for rest of the world including Europe, United States, Africa, China and Central Asian States, simultaneously. The gulf region is facing many political conflicts at the moment and huge disturbances in the current administrative structure are expected in the coming years. In such a scenario, a substitute of Dubai is essential to be located before the crisis hits the finances of millions. The substitute shall be a nearest point probably, to ensure continuous supply line of oil from Gulf to the outer world. Fortunately, Gawadar proves to be the nearest and infact more cost-effective substitute of Dubai, from many aspects.

China is emerging as a super economic power of the world in the recent years. Despite occupying a huge area of world's land, it doesn't have any port of hot waters, which can be used the whole year. The distance of Chinese industrial approach to the Shinghai port is approximately 16000 km and the sea travel of 2-3 months is additional. This costs them a lot in the form of taxes and duties as well. As compared to this, Gawadar port is only on a distance of 2500 km from China and the port is working for the whole year because of the hot waters here. Therefore, the interest of China in the development of Gawadar port is infact in the interest of Chinese economy.

The central Asian states, after the independence from USSR, are trying to develop their economies. These states are land locked and Karachi was expected to provide them the services through Afghanistan. For the purpose, a highway from Peshawar to Karachi was constructed but due to Afghan crisis, this line couldn't be established. The Afghan situation is till not clear, so, Gawadar being near to Iranian border will provide port facilities to Central Asia as well.

Geo-Economic Importance Of Gawadar
With a population of 160000, the Gawadar Town on Makran Coast is now set to become a hub of shipping, commercial and industrial activities. Pakistan and China had signed a comprehensive agreement on March 16, 2002 at Beijing undertaking the task of construction of Gawadar deep seaport of universal standards. The work on the first phase of this mega project, which is being constructed by Chinese Harbor Engineering Company, is now at full swing. The project is bound to be a vital landmark in the economic development of the region. The port comes as a much-needed national requirement in the wake of the rise in cargo traffic at Keamari and Bin Qasim, which are operating at full capacity. It is expected that Pakistan's maritime traffic would rise by three folds by 2010. With the construction of a third port, it is estimated that Pakistan will not only be able to meet its own requirements of the future but also offer its port facilities to the neighboring countries.

Gawadar is now destined to be the most important upcoming coastal town located on the inter junction of the three most strategically and economically important regions of the world that are oil rich Middle East, South Asia where one- fifth of world population lives and the Central Asian Republics endowed with mineral wealth and an educated and highly skilled and disciplined workforce.
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