Gwadar undergoes reimbursed transformation under China-led developments (report)

Gwadar is in the reimbursed transformation phase as part of China-led developments, according to a report by Gwadar Pro on Saturday. Compared to the past, Gwadar is experiencing a promising and positive change in terms of outlook and public life. It is still in the transformation phase with brilliance.

According to reports, the people of Gwadar are witnessing changes in their standard of living, livelihood, business and socio-economic dynamics. The credit indeed goes to the developments led by China. It is a fact that Gwadar has grown from a small fishing town to a commercial and tourist center. Undoubtedly, development is a gradual and time-consuming process, and to say that Gwadar is poised to be Pakistan’s commercial torchbearer would not be an overstatement.

The infrastructural transmutation during the period was largely initiated at the start of port construction and later aggravated by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The period from 2015 was particularly a watershed moment for Gwadar, thanks to the Belt and Road initiative. Apart from operationalizing the port, China has undertaken a number of initiatives in Gwadar. East Bay Expressway (EBEW), New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA), China-Pakistan Vocational and Technical Training Institute (PCVTI), China-Pakistan 300 Bed Friendship Hospital, 1.2 million gallons per day (MGD) desalination plant water, and a number of other infrastructure development projects are some of the programs funded by China.

Many of these projects such as EBEW and PCVTI are functional. Others should be finished soon. Since the Chinese takeover of Gwadar Port in 2013, a number of direct and indirect benefits have been provided to the local community. Several job opportunities were offered. With the ongoing industrialization process, especially in the Gwadar Free Zone, thousands of additional jobs will be created. Moreover, indirectly, Gwadar has benefited considerably.

The real estate and construction sectors in the city have been boosted. The tourism sector has gained ground, thanks to the unpremeditated marketing due to the CPEC. Apart from infrastructure development, Gwadar experiences multiple social welfare programs such as the Gwadar Women Development Center aimed at skills development, women empowerment and poverty alleviation.

In addition, the projects envisaged can ultimately make the inhabitants self-sufficient. Moreover, China has so far installed more than 7,000 solar panels in Gwadar district to provide efficient electricity to local users. Gwadar Port is functional with remarkable capacity to handle containers, bulk cargo and LPG vessels. Hundreds of thousands of goods are processed each year. Recently, a web-based one-to-one service (weboc) has also been instituted, which will speed up the customs clearance process. In the Gwadar Free Zone, more than 50 companies, both Pakistani and foreign, have been registered and are in the operational phase.

Manufacturing/processing areas range from agriculture to trading, including food processing, chemical fertilizers, metal processing, and agricultural production.

The Free Zone Scientific Research Laboratory equipped with sophisticated technology selflessly works on modern techniques to explore new varieties of plants that are favorable to the environment of Gwadar. So far, they have grown several varieties of bananas.

Cultivation of other plants such as figs and royal grass which are seemingly unfeasible has allowed local farmers to explore new avenues of livelihood.

In addition to managing commercial activities, China Overseas Ports Holding Company (COPHC), the concessionaire and operator of the Gwadar port and free zone, has undertaken a number of social sector initiatives within the port and -of the.

The China-Pakistan Girls’ High School in Faqeer Colony, which is governed by COPHC, has proven to be a great achievement in the education sector.

The women’s clothing factory and the raising of goats in the free zone, in addition to improving skills, are a source of income for local workers.

Moreover, Chinese companies working in Gwadar, within the framework of CSR, are reaching out to their local brothers. During the floods earlier this year, COPHC reached families on the outskirts of Gwadar. Edible items were distributed to 1,000 affected families.

Fishing nets were donated to local fishermen. Besides social services, China has also made efforts to improve the institutional efficiency of Gwadar. Motorbikes and laptops were given to Gwadar police to increase their productivity.

For the pursuit of a clean and green Gwadar, the China-Pakistan Friendship Forest has been established where more than 50,000 plants have been planted. This has improved the natural environment of Gwadar.

This is not the end. Gwadar has yet to reach its full potential. With the construction of the breakwater, the completion of the port dredging process and the operationalization of the international airport, Gwadar Port will truly prove to be the engine of Pakistan’s economic development.

The industrialization of Gwadar Free Zone will usher in a new era for Pakistan’s progress. With the start of manufacturing in the free zone, Pakistan will become a production center in South Asia. Exports will increase, which will reduce Pakistan’s current account deficit and increase foreign exchange reserves.

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