Thursday, November 12, 2015

Gwadar to have country’s biggest airport

Pakistan, China sign deal to build special economic zone in port city

November 12, 2015   
Gwadar City - an aerial view

Gwadar/QUETTA - Pakistan handed hundreds of acres of land over to China Wednesday for development of a special economic zone in the port of Gwadar, part of a $46 billion project giving Beijing greater access to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

The provincial government in Balochistan, country’s poorest, handed over about 2,300 acres swathe of tax-exempt land that Beijing will develop under a 43-year lease.

The rest of the land will be handed over under the agreement with the public China Overseas Port Holding Company “soon”, senior Pakistani government officials told AFP.

The development is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, an ambitious $46 billion investment plan linking western China to the Arabian Sea, part of Beijing’s ambition to expand its trade and transport footprint across Central and South Asia while countering US and Indian influence.

Experts say access to the port of Gwadar will cut thousands of kilometres off the distance which oil and gas imports from Africa and the Middle East have to travel to reach China.

Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal and Minister for Shipping Kamran Michael attended the handover ceremony Wednesday with Chinese development commission vice chairman Wang Xiaotao.

As part of the wider plans, an international airport will also be built with a Chinese grant at Gwadar, with construction due to begin in January.

“China has asked us to provide land for building an export processing zone and a modern international airport in Gwadar,” Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch told AFP.

The airport which will take 30 months to complete will be Pakistan’s biggest airport. According to Balochistan chief minister’s spokesman Jan Muhammad Buledi, the airport will be built on more than 4,000 acres.

China is also building a road network to link the zone to the airport and a seaport, and the provincial government will provide the land according to their requirements, he said.

As part of the wider plans, work on the Gwadar International Airport would start in the next couple of months.

Gwadar port, located 540 kilometres southwest of Karachi, was built in 2007 with technical help from Beijing as well as Chinese financial assistance of some $248 million. 

It gives China “new access” to the Arabian Sea, Pakistani analyst Hasan Askari told AFP, adding that it shows to the rest of the world that “China is willing to help friends and spread its influence through positive economic and trade activities”.

India has previously expressed concerns about the scheme.

However, Mohan Guruswamy, head of the New Delhi-based think tank Centre for Policy Alternatives, defended the project Wednesday. “This is an economic project and India has no concern over Chinese cooperation,” he told AFP. 

“Concerns arise if there are defence-related matters,” he said.

Acquiring the land from private owners to build the economic zone took several years and cost the Balochistan government around $62 million, officials have said. 

Pakistan is also raising a special security force of between 10,000 and 25,000 men to protect the port. 
Desperately poor Balochistan has been roiled since 2004 by a separatist insurgency aimed at seeking greater control over the province’s rich oil, gas and mineral resources.

Some Baloch nationalists have accused the Chinese of conspiring with the Pakistani elite to plunder the province’s resources while doing little to share profits and create jobs for local people.

Speaking at the handing over of land ceremony in Gwadar, Ahsan Iqbal said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be a fate changer for billions of people in the region through regional integration and connectivity.

The minister said the Gwadar Port was being developed under vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to develop it as a leading smart port city of the region. 

He said handing over of first 600 acres of land for Gwadar free zone is a major milestone towards implementation of CPEC.

Vice Chairman, National Development and Reforms Commission (NDRC) Mr Wang Xiaotao, China also attended the ceremony.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of taking over of land Gwadar port free zone and framework agreement on strategic cooperation between COPHC and Lin Yi Trade City Holdings Limited, Ahsan Iqbal stated, “Gwadar is heart of CPEC but today with the handing over of Gwadar port cree zone, this heart starts beating.”

Ahsan said CPEC is not just about infrastructure projects rather it is a framework for holistic development and has equal emphasis on social sectors for well being of the people not only in Gwadar but across the country particularly in under-developed areas of Balochistan. 

Ashan said opening of new school, vocational institute and scholarships for students of Gwadar are steps in this direction.He said that free trade zones will bring investment and create enormous employment opportunities in the port city. 

Smart port city will be center of trade and commerce providing connectivity to the Central Asia and the whole region, he added.

The minister said transformational impact from Gwadar to Zhob and Gwadar to Khuzdar, (Khuzdar to Rattodero) part of western route is transforming lives in the under-developed areas with creation of employment opportunities and improving quality of life.

Ahsan said Pakistan is emerging as a favourite destination of investment due to improving security and governance situation in the country and economic reforms implemented by the government in last two and half years.

CPEC is multi-sectoral project that includes energy, infrastructure, port, social, and industry projects, Ahsan said. 

He said Gwadar will be connected to Khunjrab through multiple routes as port will serve different markets and destinations.

He said that all routes of CPEC are being constructed but the western route will be the first to be operational. He added the work on missing Gwadar-Quetta link of western route would be completed by December 2016.

Located at the crossroads of West, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and China, Pakistan can become an energy and trade corridor that connects the fast-emerging economics in the region, the minister stated. 

This will be achieved through CPEC by building transnational roads, railways, and oil and gas pipelines that crisscross Pakistan’s industrial heartland and egress from ports like Karachi and Gwadar, he said.

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Pak hands over 2,000 acres to China in Balochistan for Gwadar


Nov 13, 2015


Pakistan has given over 2,000 acres of land in the Balochistan province to China to develop the strategic Gwadar port, providing the Communist nation an opening to the Arabian Sea.

The two countries on Thursday kicked off their ambitious $46 billion economic corridor project and signed a deal to acquire the usage rights to more than 2,000 acres of land for a Chinese company, Chinese official media reported.

Asked about the deal which will link the Gwadar port city to China’s Kashgar city in Xinjiang through a network of roads and oil pipelines, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said that the port development is a mutually beneficial project.

“It is a major project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, (CPEC). We will continue to uphold the principle of mutual consultation and mutual benefit and move ahead with the port project,” he said.

India has objected to the CPEC as it passes through the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

China defends the project saying it is a commercial venture aimed at improving livelihoods of local people.

China’s state-run CCTV reported that a delegation led by Wang Xiaotao, deputy secretary general of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, signed a lease agreement with the Pakistani government.

The 43-year lease will see the government of Baluchistan province in southwestern Pakistan provide a 923-hectare swathe of tax-exempt land as part of the CEPC which links western China to the Arabian Sea.

The contract will enable state-owned China Overseas Port Holding Co Ltd, to build an international airport, a free trade area, and a maritime service company in the port with full authority to handle the port’s operations, it said.

Gwadar, on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Pakistan’s western province of Balochistan, has strategic importance in terms of its location between South and Central Asia and the Middle East as it is situated at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and close to several important sea routes like the Straits of Hormuz, through which 20% of the global oil shipments pass.

China is expected to invest $ 1.62 billion in the Gwadar project, including construction of an expressway linking the harbour and coastline, a rail link, breakwater and other nine projects expected to be completed in three to five years, state-run China Daily reported.

Wang Shida, an expert at the Beijing-based Institute of Contemporary International Relations, said the Port will play an important role in the economic prosperity of both nations.

“I think it will provide win-win benefits for both sides. The Pakistani economy will gain from the large number of processing firms that will move to the Gwadar port. It will also boost exports from Pakistan. As for China, it will gain from cheaper oil imports from the Middle East,” he said.

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CPEC project to cover every sector: Ahsan Iqbal

International News Network - ‎Nov 12, 2015‎
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project encompasses infrastructure, energy, Gwadar port and development of other sectors. While addressing the inaugural ... 

Chinese State Firm Takes Control of Strategically Vital Gwadar Port

The Diplomat - ‎Nov 12, 2015‎
A Chinese state-owned firm officially signed a multi-decade lease for control of the Gwadar Port free-trade zone. AVw7kxXY. By Ankit Panda for The Diplomat. November 13, 2015. Google+1. 1 Shares. 1 Comment. On Wednesday, Chinese Overseas Ports ... 

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November ...

MFA China - ‎Nov 12, 2015‎
Q: A delegation of US Congress led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has visited Tibet. Can you give us more details? A: The delegation led by US Congresswoman Pelosi is visiting China at the invitation of the NPC Standing Committee. It is an ... 

Chinese general hails Pakistan Army's role in CPEC security

SAMAA TV (press release) (registration) (blog) - ‎Nov 12, 2015‎
RAWALPINDI: A high level Chinese Military delegation headed by General Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China called on General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, at General Headquarters today. 

CPEC to change fate of billions of people: Ahsan

Daily Pakistan - ‎Nov 11, 2015‎
GWADAR (Staff Report) – Federal Minister for Planning, Ahsan Iqbal has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be a fate changer for billions of people in the region. This he said on the occasion of an agreement to hand over six hundred and thrity ...

President lauds Chinese Ministries for their commitment on CPEC

Radio Pakistan (press release) - ‎Nov 11, 2015‎
President Mamnoon Hussain has said Pakistan-China friendship is exemplary in the world as it enjoys complete support of the people and all institutions in both the countries. Talking to a delegation of China International Council led by its Secretary ...

Mamnoon satisfied over CPEC progress

Pakistan Observer - ‎Nov 11, 2015‎
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - Islamabad—President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said that Pakistan-China friendship was exemplary in the world as it enjoyed complete support of the peoples and all institutions in both countries. He was talking to a ... 

600 acres of Gwadar land given in Chinese control for free port zone

Pakistan Today - ‎Nov 11, 2015‎
Pakistan handed over 600 acres of land to China for Gawadar Port Free Zone project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreement on Wednesday. A ceremony was held to hand over the land in Gawadar. Federal Minister for Planning, ... 

Pakistan hands over Gwadar FTZ to China

Press TV - ‎Nov 11, 2015‎
Pakistan has handed hundreds of hectares of land over to China for development of a special economic zone in the port of Gwadar. Pakistan handed hundreds of hectares of land over to China Wednesday for development of a special economic zone in the ... 

Country moving forward with new ambitions: President

Radio Pakistan (press release) - ‎Nov 11, 2015‎
Addressing National Speech Contest in Islamabad, Mamnoon Hussain says CPEC would usher in a new era of prosperity. radio. President Mamnoon Hussain says the country will soon attain the goals of peace and economic stability owing to the ongoing ... 

Pakistan to Hand Over 2281 Acres of Gwadar Port's FTZ to China

Pakistan Today - ‎Nov 11, 2015‎
Pakistani authorities will formally hand over 2,281 acres of Gwadar Port's free trade zone on a lease of 43 years to the Chinese state-owned company, China Overseas Ports Holding Company. Wang Xiaotao, Chinese Vice Chairman of National Development ... 

$1036 million to be invested in Gwadar projects by 2018: Ahsan

Geo News, Pakistan - ‎Nov 10, 2015‎
ISLAMABAD: Some 1,036 million dollars would be invested in Gwadar till 2018 on different projects related to improving basic road infrastructure and power projects on the basis of grant and interest-free loans. Talking to The News, Minister for ...

Pak-China economic zone deal to be signed

Financial Express Bangladesh - ‎Nov 10, 2015‎
The 40-year lease will see the government of Baluchistan hand over a 923-hectare (2,300-acre) swathe of tax-exempt land as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, an ambitious $46 billion investment plan linking western China to the Arabian Sea. 

Gwadar's free trade zone: Pakistan to hand over 2281 acres to Chinese on Nov 11

Pakistan Today - ‎Nov 9, 2015‎
On November 11, Pakistani authorities will formally hand over 2,281 acres of Gwadar Port's free trade zoneto the Chinese Oversees Ports Holding Company Ltd (COPHCL) on a 43-year lease in a landmark ceremony. The ceremony will be held in Gwadar on ...





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