Pakistan Playing Vital Role In Reducing Marine Pollution: President
KARACHI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Sep, 2021 ) :President Dr. Arif Alvi on Thursday said that Pakistan was making a lot of efforts for sustainability of marine sector by reducing sea pollution.
Pakistan has three seaports playing big role by contributing to national economy he said adding required standards were being maintained for the ports.
Pakistan has a shipyard which was doing tremendous job by building and repairing vessels in the country, he said.
Less than one percent of investors had opted to invest in that sector because people were unaware about the potential of maritime sector.
He expressed the need to generate interest of investors towards maritime sector besides building more shipyards to exploit the potential of maritime sector.
Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi said that many sectors were connected to the Blue Economy. He was of the view many institutions had been destroyed by nationalization.
"We have launched a successful program for development of fishermen who should be provided loans on easy installments", he said.
Shipping companies were damaged by Covid-19 epidemic because they were getting little business, he added. .
The seafarers were facing visa issues which must be addressed, the minister said adding that digital identification had been issued to seafarer in collaboration with National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).
Karachi Coastal Development Zone (KCDZ) project was being criticized but opposition. The project was started as 550 million gallons waste water was going into the sea from Liyari river and other drains.
Eachday, about 5 thousand tons of solid waste was also falling into the sea and Karachi did not have solid waste management system, he stressed.
This project would be game changer for Pakistan as a new fishing harbor and fish processing unit would be set up.
World Maritime Day is observed every year on the last Thursday of September to celebrate the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) founding in 1958, 2021 being the 73rd year.
The theme of this year's World Maritime Day is "Seafarers: at the core of shipping's future". The seminar sought to increase the visibility of seafarers by drawing attention to the invaluable contribution seafarers make to keep international trade flowing and to keep the world economy running.