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Subject: GAWADAR , WHERE FUTURE IS
chupooey    6/16/2006 11:55:17 AM
It’s amazing that tomorrow’s small fishing village ‘Gwadar’ is fast emerging as a Deep Sea Port today. This is important to note that the Government of Pakistan, keeping in view its utmost significance in the area, has declared ‘Gwadar’ as a Duty Free Port and a Free Economic Zone. This has not only enhanced its commercial worth manifold but has also accelerated the pace of development to an incredible extent. In fact, Gwadar enjoys the status of a third Deep Sea Port of Pakistan which has a special significance with reference to trade links with Central Asian Countries, Persian Gulf, East Africa, United Arab Emirates and North Western India. Gwadar by virtue of its finest location, development projects, recreation programmes and Government’s special attention, will soon turn into a city which will be comparable with cities like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai. In view of the promising future of Gwadar, people from Pakistan and abroad who believe in safe and sound investment, are taking keen interest in Gwadar. Historical Info Located at the entrance of the Persian Gulf and about 460 kms from Karachi, Gwadar has had immense Geostrategic significance on many accounts. The continued unstable regional environment in the Persian Gulf in particular as a result of the Iran/Iraq war, the Gulf war and the emergence of the new Central Asian States has added to this importance. Considering the Geo-economic imperative of the regional changes, the ADB’s Ports Master Plan studies considered an alternate to the Persian Gulf Ports to capture the transit trade of the Central Asian Republic (CAR) as well as the trans-shipment trade of the region. Both Karachi and PQA were considered for such development but were found unattractive to major shipping lines due to the remoteness from the main shipping routes, the limitations of draft for mother ships and large bulk oil carriers and the comparative long turn around times. The ADB studies, however considered Gwadar to have the most advantageous location for such an alternative port in the region, which could handle mother ships and large oil tankers in due course. Keeping that aspect in view as well as the inherent strategic and economic benefits that Gwadar Port offered, the transport plan of the 8th Five Year Plan (1993-94) of Pakistan included the development of Gwadar Port as an essential element of its aims and objectives. Technical and financial feasibilities therefore were under taken resulting in decisions for the development of Gwadar Port by the Govt. of Pakistan. The Project started on 22 March 2002, is on fast track and will Inshaullah complete in schedule time i.e March 2005. In fact it would surprise many that with initiative and calculated risk, we have received merchant ships since Jan 2003 and have been able to off load hundreds of tones of cargo imported for the Project, thus saving precious time and money which otherwise is required for transportation of the same cargo by road from Karachi/PQA to Gwadar. Gawadar At A Glance Gawadar is the District Headquarter of Makran Division in Balochistan, the largest province of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is situated on the coastal line of Makran. Along the coastal line ,there are four Tehsils including Gawadar, Jiwani, Kulanch and Ormara. Jiwani is the only one on the western part of Gawadar, joining Iranian border on Pakistani side. Kulanch and Ormara, on its eastern side are connecting District Lasbela and to Karachi finally. The distance between Gawadar and Karachi in this way, is around 715 km. Geo-Political Importance Of Gawadar Dubai is the hub of business not only for Gulf but also for rest of the world including Europe, United States, Africa, China and Central Asian States, simultaneously. The gulf region is facing many political conflicts at the moment and huge disturbances in the current administrative structure are expected in the coming years. In such a scenario, a substitute of Dubai is essential to be located before the crisis hits the finances of millions. The substitute shall be a nearest point probably, to ensure continuous supply line of oil from Gulf to the outer world. Fortunately, Gawadar proves to be the nearest and infact more cost-effective substitute of Dubai, from many aspects. China is emerging as a super economic power of the world in the recent years. Despite occupying a huge area of world's land, it doesn't have any port of hot waters, which can be used the whole year. The distance of Chinese industrial approach to the Shinghai port is approximately 16000 km and the sea travel of 2-3 months is additional. This costs them a lot in the form of taxes and duties as well. As compared to this, Gawadar port is only on a distance of 2500 km from China and the port is working for the whole year because of the hot waters here. Therefore, the interest of China in the development of Gawadar port is infact in the interest of Chinese economy. The central Asian states, after the independen
 
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chupooey    deepest water terminal in world at Karachi port   10/1/2006 4:23:40 AM
KARACHI, Sept 4: Pakistan will emerge as the first country on the world map of ports to have a deep-water container terminal with a draft of 18 metre. It will be capable of receiving and handling super post-Panamax container vessels with a loading capacity of over 14,000 boxes.

The container terminal with an estimated cost of $1.2 billion is being built at east of Keamari Groyne and is going to be operational within next three years wherein four berths out of total ten berths will be completed under phase-1.

The futuristic container port will not only bring in economic benefit to the country in the form of lower freight charges but will also entirely change the complex of shipping trade in the region.

In order to meet the economies of scale major shipping lines would prefer to avail the ultra-modern facility and use it as a hub for transhipment purposes.Above all, the rapidly growing economies of Asia and ever-increasing volume of containerised cargo of the region prove a boon for shipping companies and port operators, who are equally faced with rising costs of operation.

Even today shipping lines are confronted with rising cost and on an average a ship having loading capacity between 2,000 to 8,000 Teus incur a fix and permanent cost of around $50,000 per day.

Shipping companies are frequently changing their vessels to bigger-size vessels, which could accommodate large volumes of containers for haulage and also ensure freight competitiveness.

Presently large size vessels operating in the world have the capacity to carry around 5,000 to 8,000 Teus but only two months back a first super post-Panamax vessel with a loading capacity of over 9,000 boxes made a maiden voyage to a European port.

However, the deepest draft of any port in the world is not more than 17 metre.

By taking lead in providing deep-water container terminal facility the country would also manage to attract cargoes of other countries, besides, helping its own trade by reducing cost and transit time. Presently most of the cargo destined for Pakistan first goes to other regional ports and then carried by feeder vessels to Karachi.

However, after the establishment of the new container terminal the entire process will be reversed as mother-ships (super post-Panamax vessels) will not only discharge country’s cargo directly but will also bring in transit cargo meant for other ports of the region.

According to ports and shipping experts the deeper-draft container terminal will greatly influence the shipping activity in the region and countries like China and India could also benefit from this facility. India’s north-western provinces could get a big margin in freight as compared to Mumbai Port, which is further to the south of Karachi. Similarly, Chinese provinces to south-west could also cut their cost as this terminal can reduce their distance by 500-km.

The experts said that only those ports would remain in the limelight, which keep pace with the changing environment and technology and there are many instances where some leading world ports diminished with the time and were reduced to regional ports. If the Karachi Port is to keep itself abreast of the changes it will have to upgrade its facilities and improve efficiency, they added.

The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) chairman Vice Admiral Ahmad Hayat told Dawn that already many lines had shown interest in starting their operation in Pakistan in anticipation of upcoming deep-water container terminal. He said that the KPT would take full care to ensure that the container port start its operations under first phase on June, 2009, and the progress of the project will be monitored on hourly basis.

He said under phase-I the cost would come to around $530 to $550 million and out of this the KPT will be spending around $350 million with $200 million coming through investment from the private sector.

He further said that the 1,500 metre long four-berth terminal quay wall, designed at 18 metre depth, together with separate navigable approach channel, 700 metre wide harbour basin, navigational aids and the protection works will be constructed by the KPT at Keamari Groyne.

However, he said the private sector will be asked to build and equip the 65-hectare backup area as a high throughput terminal, including container yards, storage and transfer areas, operational buildings, STS cranes, RTGs and all supporting equipment and facilities to handle a minimum of 1.5 million Teus per annum in phase-II.

The KPT chairman said that the terminal will be connected with the cargo village being developed on an area of 13.3 acres. This will provide all sorts of facilities including container freight station (CFS), warehousing complex, container storage complex, bonded warehouses, dangerous goods storage and disposal facility, marketing and commercial zone, cold storage and food processing plants etc.<
 
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chupooey    2nd container terminal at bin Qasim port   10/1/2006 4:26:53 AM
ISLAMABAD, Aug 17: While terming the agreement between Dubai Port World and the Port Qasim Authority for establishment of second container terminal at Port Qasim `historic', Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Pakistan being a growing economy needed better means of communication and good infrastructure to support its domestic, external and transit trade activities.

Dubai Port World (DP-World) will invest $211 million for setting up 2nd container terminal at Port Qasim on built operate and transfer (BOT) basis. DP-World CEO Mohammad Sharaf and Port Qasim Authority chairman Vice-Admiral M. Asad Qureshi signed the agreement here on Thursday in presence of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Ports and Shipping Minister Babar Khan Ghauri.

The prime minister said Pakistan being at the cross-roads of South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East offered greater trade and investment opportunities, including transit trade. He said with two seaports already functioning and completion of Gwadar Deep Sea Port by the end of this year, Pakistan would truly serve as transit trade corridor for the region.

Mr Aziz said Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates enjoyed close trade and cultural relations with common faith and today's agreement was manifestation to the fact of growing interest and investment by Arab and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The prime minister said the government would welcome investment in all fields of trade and economy with a level-playing field for local and foreign investors.

Mr Aziz, however, stressed on quality and standard saying "we are keen for competitiveness and productivity at the global level."

The prime minister hailed the ministry of ports and shipping, the Board of Investment and other officials concerned for finalizing the agreement with DP-World and said it would not only yield benefits for Port Qasim but would attract more investment.

The DP-World CEO said his company was encouraged by a visit of the ruler of Dubai to Pakistan and decided to establish the 2nd container terminal. “The government of Pakistan has given us full backing and support in this project.”

Mr Sharaf also appreciated the quick process of the agreement and said: "We have negotiated with various countries, but this was one of fastest negotiations." He said DP-World would also make investment in the development of an industrial zone near Gwadar.

The project, which is the highest ever foreign direct investment in the port sector, and to be completed in three phases with an overall capacity of 1.15 million TEUs, will enhance the total TEUs capacity of the port to about 1.75 million.

Apart from doubling the container handling capacity, the 2nd container terminal will bring Rs60 billion earning in direct revenue for the port in 30 years.

Under the agreement, the first container terminal has also been converted into BOT from BOO, besides the rate of per move of royalty enhanced to $9.2 from the previous $4. In addition to $211m in 2nd container terminal, DP-World has an investment of $100 million for first container terminal. Further investment of $60 to $100 million is also expected for channel dredging. — Online
 
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caspin       10/1/2006 4:03:45 PM

I have an investment and brokerage firm in the state of California, USA.

After coming to know about Gwadar and listening to various enthusiastic speeches by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Mr. President, I decided to take out my investment from USA and transfer it to newly built Gwadar City. My team and I in USA have decided to construct a high-rise resort area with various recreational facilities. Therefore we started to look for a commercial land zoned for high-rise resorts over looking the ocean.

We were able locate the desired land and then bought the land. After few months of that sale I came to know that Govt. of Pakistan had cancelled the land transaction on the basis that the owner of the land who sold it to the person I bought from was not the legal owner of the land. Hence all the transactions under it will be considered null and void. However, if that was the case the Govt. of Pakistan should have intervened the transaction when I made public announcement of buying that land in a well-reputed newspaper of Baluchistan, or Govt. of Pakistan and or settlement officers should have intervened the transaction when I and the seller went to the settlement office in Gwadar for the registration of the sale.

I had written tons of letters to several Govt. Departments including Governor of Baluchistan, NAB, Honourable Chief Minister Baluchistan. Board of Revenue,

Thesildar Gwadar and The Director General Gwadar Development Authority. Nothing happened.

All this so far have costs me lots of money, lots of waste of time (eight months) and mental anxiety and above all opportunity cost, had I never came to Pakistan and had I used my money and time in USA instead of Pakistan I would have come a long way ahead.

Govt. of Pakistan doesn’t have a clue what is going on there as far as land transfer goes.. The Govt. should have made buying and selling of land and its transfer very efficient. The staff that handles the land transfer asks for bribe upfront and even giving them bribe for right cause doesn’t guarantee your security of your investment. I was really very disappointed with the whole experience. Sorry to say but I have this feeling that Pakistan is a third world and it will remain one for another millennium.

The govt. has had cancelled the ownerships of its very own housing schemes such as Newtown and Singhar.
If anyone needs additional info on land issue please feel free to contact me at oceanca2000@yahoo.com 

Riaz.

 
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caspin       10/1/2006 4:12:58 PM

I have an investment and brokerage firm in the state of California, USA.

After coming to know about Gwadar and listening to various enthusiastic speeches by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Mr. President, I decided to take out my investment from USA and transfer it to newly built Gwadar City. My team and I in USA have decided to construct a high-rise resort area with various recreational facilities. Therefore we started to look for a commercial land zoned for high-rise resorts over looking the ocean.

We were able locate the desired land and then bought the land. After few months of that sale I came to know that Govt. of Pakistan had cancelled the land transaction on the basis that the owner of the land who sold it to the person I bought from was not the legal owner of the land. Hence all the transactions under it will be considered null and void. However, if that was the case the Govt. of Pakistan should have intervened the transaction when I made public announcement of buying that land in a well-reputed newspaper of Baluchistan, or Govt. of Pakistan and or settlement officers should have intervened the transaction when I and the seller went to the settlement office in Gwadar for the registration of the sale.

I had written tons of letters to several Govt. Departments including Governor of Baluchistan, NAB, Honourable Chief Minister Baluchistan. Board of Revenue,

Thesildar Gwadar and The Director General Gwadar Development Authority. Nothing happened.

All this so far have costs me lots of money, lots of waste of time (eight months) and mental anxiety and above all opportunity cost, had I never came to Pakistan and had I used my money and time in USA instead of Pakistan I would have come a long way ahead.

Govt. of Pakistan doesn’t have a clue what is going on there as far as land transfer goes.. The Govt. should have made buying and selling of land and its transfer very efficient. The staff that handles the land transfer asks for bribe upfront and even giving them bribe for right cause doesn’t guarantee your security of your investment. I was really very disappointed with the whole experience. Sorry to say but I have this feeling that Pakistan is a third world and it will remain one for another millennium.

The govt. has had cancelled the ownerships of its very own housing schemes such as Newtown and Singhar.
If anyone needs additional info on land issue please feel free to contact me at oceanca2000@yahoo.com 

Riaz.

 
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Pakistan Power    Wow! new super port   10/13/2006 8:11:04 AM
Considering Pakistans size, shouldnt it have built a secondary and/or even tertiary port long ago as naval ports was and still is the trade route of choice since the beginning of time or was it just about lack of finances??  Im surprised that its managed to grow quite decently with just one port since its independance.   plus, how far is this new port of gwadar from the pre-existing port?  What will this new port mean for the economy of Pakistan?   hope someone can fill me in...
 
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Pakistan Power       2/19/2007 4:39:02 PM
This is soo exciting, we've had so much economic progress just off of Karachi.. now with a second port in a remote corner of Balochistan will help prop up this often neglected province and catapult Pakistans growth forward 10 fold!  Also, have you guys heard that a new third port is in the offing around Pasni....  this are truly interesting times for Pakistan.
 
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Pakistan Power       2/19/2007 4:39:46 PM
This is soo exciting, we've had so much economic progress just off of Karachi.. now with a second port in a remote corner of Balochistan will help prop up this often neglected province and catapult Pakistans growth forward 10 fold!  Also, have you guys heard that a new third port is in the offing around Pasni....  this are truly interesting times for Pakistan.
 
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Pakistan Power       3/10/2007 3:46:23 PM
yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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entre nous       3/10/2007 4:22:53 PM
yippeeeeeeeee!! i agree. very interesting tid bits of pakistani wet dreams. what makes these interesting times for pak is the presence of U.S battlegroups in the arabian sea, indian airbase at tajikstan and NATO forces in afghan - pak border. that makes it very interesting. lol!! dream on....bananas!!
 
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Pakistan Power       3/31/2007 3:04:43 PM

This is soo exciting, we've had so much economic progress just off of Karachi.. now with a second port in a remote corner of Balochistan will help prop up this often neglected province and catapult Pakistans growth forward 10 fold!  Also, have you guys heard that a new third port is in the offing around Pasni....  this are truly interesting times for Pakistan.


Pakistan is truly a resilient country who's geostrategic location is naturally poised to become a strong economic power and projected to be a strong regional power as well.  Must really irk our rather large neighboors who have massive billion plus populations but still suffer with abject poverty and having to prove how much of a power they really are...lol.. quite pitiful that no one takes them seriously.  But thats reality.  Pakistan has always been at the cross-roads of the ancient Silk Route and its natural ideal location will continue to assure that its future will always be bright despite the few doggie remarks of haters and dusky cow loving sub-humans...

 
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