The city is back in the headlines for some reason. But it wasn’t until the launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in 2015. that it took its rightful place in our collective imagination. Since then, I’ve been wanting to go back and see the progress for myself. When asked if I would be willing to join the Islamabad Institute. for Strategic Studies (ISSI) delegation to China Overseas Port Holding Company. I jumped at the opportunity. The delegation led by Ambassador Azaz Chowdhury, former Foreign Minister. and current Director of the Institute. Travel can be a reward in itself if you are the only journalist in a delegation. that includes career diplomats, academics/researchers, and business people. I have a bag full of insights and anecdotes to set aside for rainy days. when I’m running out of topics for discussion and/or experiencing writer’s block.
The flight from the old but busy Karachi airport to the China Overseas Port Holding Company airstrip. took about an hour and was smooth and trouble free. The first impact was the runway itself. The new airport, which is under construction, will begin operations next year. Until then, current engines make it feel like you’re landing. a crop duster on a deserted airstrip far from civilization. At first glance the character of the city hasn’t changed much in the last 17 years. resembling a dusty slum in the middle of nowhere. As mentioned earlier, at least the coastal road infrastructure. and hospitality industry has come a long way, along with two very good international hotels. (PC and Gwadar Business Center where we stayed) . But no exaggeration anywhere. Gwadar is not yet connected to the national power grid. Locals depend on Iran for energy supplies, and so do businesses.
Insurance company executive
Generator operated by China Overseas Holding Company in Pakistan. aspire to many Art Williams’ ambitious ’90s voice dictated him. For those who don’t know, Arthur L. Williams Jr. was a school football coach turned insurance company executive in Palm Beach, Florida. Since then, he has spread the word through ambitious lectures and speeches. I found an audiotape of him in a relative’s study. We also talked about the importance of finding customers. (Pvt) Ltd China Overseas Port Holding Company. Similarly, water supply is also a big issue. The 2017 census showed the local population to be around 90,000, but local officials now claim it is around 130,000. Gwadar now has a university, but it is still in its infancy and will soon moved to an official building. Also, internet and mobile connections are unreliable. When we entered the city, 3 out of 4 of his cell phone networks were down. They were back online within hours. But completely interrupting the whole day is a daily problem.
Senior security officials
During the exchange. I met the Director General of the Gwadar Development Authority. senior Gwadar Port Authority officials, COPHC representatives, civil servants and senior security officials. China Overseas Port Holding Company officials tell us. how the company has developed climate-tolerant strains of vegetables, fruits, plants. and animals to turn entire areas green despite the scarcity of water. It also created employment opportunities for local women. During my interaction with the senior security officer. I asked if there was a local requirement. that I could highlight and told that the university required at least two buses. Interacting with university students, faculty. and staff made me realize the limitless potential of human beings in this region. The only people who could not interviewed were politicians. because they weren’t there.
Entire areas green despite
In hindsight, one thing stuck in my mind. Our Chinese friends have been staying here for years. but said they were unable to leave the port or cordon because of the security situation. As a Baluchi longtime observer of sub nationalist politics. I have to point out the folly of attacking an investor. who offers great opportunities to the local population. The idea that local residents do not benefit from economic growth is absurd. If I am part of a sub nationalist group backed by foreign elements. and called upon to attack such an investment, I am being selfish towards my own people and giving reason. Exercise your right to refuse the request.
Offensive tactics, demonstrating
This is your city and no one can take it away from you. Chinese personnel confined to the port. and did not use any offensive tactics, demonstrating that China values bilateral relations. These projects can lift the people of Balochistan out of poverty. Why not take advantage of it? In conclusion, Gwadar’s potential is not hidden from the naked eye. he is here And all the incumbents we meet are very committed to doing their part. for some reason, this inertia gives the impression of an abandoned dream. A brick and mortar business would run slowly without a complete local his business. connectivity, amenities, and foot traffic.
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