Gwadar Port A Gateway To Shortest, Economical Route For CARs
Gwadar port of Pakistan is a gateway to the shortest and more economical route to the landlocked Central Asian Republics (CARs).
BEIJING, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Mar, 2021 ) :Gwadar port of Pakistan is a gateway to the shortest and more economical route to the landlocked Central Asian Republics (CARs). The trade from Gwadar port to CARs will reduce the distance to 50 percent as compared to the distance from Iran, and freight charges less by around 30 percent.
The increased trade activities with CARs will generate more jobs, increase tax collections because of the increase in the volume of goods, according to a report published by China Economic Net (CEN) on Monday.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in a statement recently said that Pakistan's Karachi and Gwadar ports could become "the gateway to landlocked Central Asia as Pakistan provided the Central Asian Republics the shortest route to international seas".
Mr. Khan also held out the assurance during a meeting with Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Dr. Abdulaziz Kamilov, who was on a two-day visit to Pakistan, of complete facilitation in access to Pakistani ports.
Pakistan, he said, would facilitate Uzbekistan's access to its ports. Uzbekistan, which currently relies on the Iranian seaport of Bandar Abbas for external trade, is exploring other options and is prioritizing Pakistani ports because of short distances, its being more economical, and due to some political considerations.
Uzbekistan is working with Pakistan on the development of two options the first is the Trans-Afghan Railway project while the second is the road route via China. The role of Central Asian Republics in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is of great significance.
TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India) pipeline, in which Turkmenistan plays an important part, is significant for CPEC. Similarly, Tajikistan expressed its willingness to support CPEC projects, which offer much potential to its economic goals and will increase its connectivity with Pakistan.
Uzbekistan also confirmed its participation in CPEC, through which it will potentially double its energy supplies to Pakistan. As the largest Central Asian nation, Kazakhstan has indicated a strong desire to be part of CPEC, too.
CPEC will provide a gateway for the landlocked Central Asian countries to enhance their trading relationships with the world, and Gwadar Port will provide the means. The ties between Central Asia, China, and Pakistan through Gwadar Port are expected to reach new heights.