‘Gwadar should be shaped as a cosmopolitan city’

LAHORE: Gwadar should be shaped as a cosmopolitan city rather than just a trade route or a docking yard, said President Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Shah Faisal Afridi, while addressing a Chinese delegation headed by Bian Xue Chong, CEO PROJEN Ltd China.

To achieve this goal, Pakistani decision makers need to bring in a composite national, legal and managerial framework that excites Pakistani economy and the people too, he added. On this occasion, head of the delegation Bian Xue Chong revealed that by making Gwadar an international city and the pivot of regional trade, Pakistan would also attract considerable investment into its most under developed province.

He also expressed in his speech that these funds will allow construction of roads and railways, linking the coastal region with rest of the Pakistan and will facilitate cultivation of vast regions and exploration of natural resources. This would ultimately help socio-economic uplift of locals through various development projects in this city, he added.

Afridi said Pakistan could learn from the Chinese model cities like Shanghai, which is the busiest port of the world, and have well regulated population mobility into cities through family registration or residency permits. He stated that Pakistan need to learn examples from international cities that act as trading, traditional and amusement cores in different countries of the world.

He elaborated that the Government of Pakistan and the Provincial Government of Balochistan can work together to craft a Gwadar Basic Law, or a Gwadar Constitution, to impart the new city with a conclusive legal framework following the Chinese pattern of regulated population movement from all classes into cities through family registration or residency permits.

Further, he stated that, “Urbanization is one of the most significant developments in China over the past three decades. Pakistan can study the examples and come up with something more suitable to Pakistani conditions, he added. At the end president of PCJCCI pointed out that certain premeditated actors in the region wanted to see Gwadar and CPEC projects disrupted.

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