Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrived at Gwadar today where he was briefed on progress of various development projects of Gwadar.
Director General, Gwadar Development Authority Dr. Sajjad Hussain made a presentation regarding water supply, electricity, road connectivity, land acquisition, special economic zones, capacity enhancement and performance of Gwadar Development Authority. PM was also briefed on the Gawadar City Master Plan that is being developed in cooperation with China.
The Prime Minister approved Desalination Plant for water supply of Gawadar. Financing of the Desalination Plant would be explored through Public Private Partnership, otherwise Federal Government and the Government of Balochistan will finance the project.
The Prime Minister stated that our government has focused on development of Balochistan including infrastructure, energy, health facilities and socio-economic uplift of the people of Balochistan. The PM emphasized that priority should be given to employment of local people in development projects and directed for early completion of Vocational Training Institute at Gawadar for skills’ development and employability of local youth. PM expressed satisfaction over the security provided for the projects and routes. PM also directed to expedite work on the Western Link routes so that Gawadar is linked to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province early. PM also directed to expedite pace of work on road links in interior Balochistan
Prime Minister stated that CPEC is an integral part of major regional connectivity and holds huge potential for development of Pakistan and the region. Prime Minister stated that Gwadar Port is the gateway of CPEC and it will change the destiny of the people of Balochistan. Prime Minister said that Gwadar Port expressway and new Gwadar International airport along with Gwadar Port free zone and business complex will make Gwadar an attractive destination for investors.
Our government has provided necessary legal cover to ensure ease of business for foreign investors and many international companies are now keen to invest in Pakistan. Prime Minister directed Gwadar development Authority to complete legal and administrative formalities and timely completion of ongoing and planned projects.
The briefing was also attended by Governor Balochistan Mr. Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bazinjo, Federal Minister for Planning Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Railways Khawja Saad Rafiq, Federal Minister for SAFRON Lt. Gen.(Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch and other senior officials.
Earlier the Prime Minister was received by Governor and Chief Minister Balochistan upon arrival at Pasni Airport. PM also inspected the Pasni to Gawadar Road.