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Pakistan Navy chief Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi said on Thursday that the government had approved construction of a shipyard in Gwadar aimed at boosting the local shipping industry.

“The construction of the shipyard will begin immediately,” a statement quoted Admiral Abbasi as saying during a seminar at the force’s engineering college in Karachi.

The speakers emphasised coordination between navy and the local shipping industry in order to achieve self-reliance.
The naval chief, the statement said, stressed increasing the number of seaports in cognisance of maritime challenges and future needs.

Pakistan Navy, he added, safeguards the ‘blue economy’ and there was a need to increase awareness in the country relating to the importance of the maritime affairs.

Admiral Abbasi underscored coordination as the key in this age of globalisation and advancing technology.
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QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal has announced that the provincial government and the defence production ministry had unanimously reached a consensus over the Gwadar shipyard project.

“This will create huge employment [opportunities] and boost the economy of the province,” he tweeted.

The consensus was reached after the Balochistan chief minister met Federal Defence Production Minister Zubaida Jalal in Quetta to discuss the project.
Kamal said engineers and other workers hired for the shipyard would be trained in Karachi.

Earlier this year, the Senate Standing Committee on Defence Production had expressed concerns over the delay in the processing of the new Gwadar shipyard and asked the Balochistan government to coordinate with the defence production ministry on the matter.

Zubaida Jalal told the Senate panel that the Balochistan government had agreed to hand over 600 acres for the construction of the shipyard in the Kappar area of the province.

Addressing a rally in Turbat last year, Jalal said the Gwadar shipyard would provide several jobs for the people of Makran.

She added that the ownership of the shipyard land had been given to the Balochistan government, which would result in the economic growth of the province.

“Technical centres in Gwadar, Kech and Turbat will be set up to create manpower for the shipyard.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2019.
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