QUETTA: A Chinese delegation Tuesday visited port town of Gwadar and inspected different projects being executed in collaboration with China.
The Delegation was headed by Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of National Development and Reforms Commission China and other members of the delegation include, Lai Xin, DDG Xinjiang Autonomous Region; senior officials of the ministries of transport, foreign affairs, China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau, Chinese Embassy in Pakistan besides the representatives from the China Communications and Construction Company; the China Development Bank; the Export-Import Bank of China; Industrial Commercial Bank of China, the China Overseas Ports Holding Company and China Harbour Engineering Company.
The delegation visited proposed sites of various development projects along with Secretary for Planning and Development and Reforms Hasan Nawaz Tarar, Secretary Ports and Shipping Khizar Hayat Gondal, Chairman Gwadar Port Authority Dostain Jamaldani and Dr. Sajjad Baloch Director General Gwadar Development t Authority and other officials.
Soon after its arrival the Chinese delegation visited the project sites under the Early Harvest / Prioritized CPEC Gwadar Package consisting of nine infrastructure and one recently agreed memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the integrated social sector planning and development of Gwadar region, which stipulates, inter alia, focusing on such initiatives that can provide for human resource development and empowerment through education, health, job creation, poverty alleviation, community development, promotion of tourism and culture vis-vis public ownership of development initiatives, aimed at social well-being of the people in the region.
Speaking on the occasion, the head of Chinese delegation Madam Lin Dajian said that China not only wanted to develop Gwadar port but also working on the vision of the development the people of Gwadar and under the project various socio-economic projects would be launched soon. He said that with the developing and making the Gwadar port functional jobs opportunities would be created for the people the new port city of Pakistan.
The projects include construction of Gwadar Port Eastbay Expressway with
an estimated cost of Rs.14.804 billion; construction of Pak-China vocational training institute with an estimated cost of Rs.984million; facilities of fresh water treatment, supply and distribution of water for Gwadar City costing Rs.13.22billion; 300-bed China-Pakistan friendship hospital with an estimated cost of Rs.9.96billion; construction of New Gwadar International Airport of Rs.26.70billion; construction of breakwaters for Gwadar Port with a cost of Rs.13.00billion; capital dredging for additional channels, turning basin alongside new terminal, costing Rs.2.80billion; 300MW coal-based power plant with an estimated cost of Rs.30.00billion in addition to infrastructure development for free zone, export processing zone and Gwadar industrial area.
The delegation also visited the under construction new airport; proposed
site for LNG terminal; newly completed desalination plant; sites designed and earmarked for Gwadar Port Eastbay Expressway and the Gwadar Free Zone; the GDA hospital; GPA’s modern Civic Centre and the Gwadar International Port Terminal.
On the occasion the visiting guests were briefed about the progress of these multidimensional uplift schemes that are hallmark of the decades of people to people and government to government Sino-Pak friendship. Madam Lin Dajian expressed her hope that with the completion of these uplift projects of vital nature a new era of development and prosperity will usher in the region and particularly for the benefit of the people of Gwadar.
Later, in the evening the delegation left for Islamabad to attend the plenary session of Pakistan-China Joint Working Groups on Gwadar.