Desalination plant opens at Gwadar port

QUETTA: Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo inaugurated a desalination plant on Monday installed at the Gwadar port by China Overseas Port Holding Company for supplying drinking water to the people in the port city.

The desalination plant has a production capacity of 254,000 gallons of clean drinking water.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Senator Bezenjo, who is also president of the National Party, said that the New Year will witness massive development in Gwadar under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He said that the desalination plant would reduce the shortage of drinking water in the port city to some extent. He said that the people of Gwadar had been facing water shortage for the past many months and they would now get clean drinking water through tankers.

“The desalination plant is a true reflection of CPEC and friendship between Pakistan and China. It is a gift for the people of Gwadar,” Mir Hasil Khan Bezenjo said.

The desalination plant is the result of the visionary thinking of Chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority Mir Dostain Khan Jamaldani and the Chairman of China Overseas Port Holding Company.

He expressed the hope that the water crisis of Gwadar will be resolved this year and more such plants were in the pipeline.

He said that the water supply from the Gwadar port would be cheaper than the water provided from the Mirani Dam in Turbat.

The minister later inspected the plant, where Chinese officials briefed him about the plant’s capacity.

Earlier, he was received at the airport by officials of the port authority and local administration.

Long-term plan for CPEC to be approved next month: Pakistan

A long-term plan for the multi- billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be approved by a joint cooperation council at a meeting next month, a senior Pakistani minister has said.

Minister for Interior and Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has directed all the stakeholders and provincial governments to firm up their projects and explore further options of mutual interest to be taken up at 7th Joint Cooperation Council (JCC) meeting, Dawn reported.

He made the announcement while presiding over a meeting held here to review the implementation of the ongoing CPECBSE -4.45 % projects and preparations for the future projects to be made part of the long-term plan.

The nearly USD 50 billion CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking southern Pakistan, and the Gwadar Port, to China’s restive Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.

India has been severely critical of the CPEC, saying the project violates its sovereignty as it runs through Pakistan- occupied Kashmir.

This is the same long-term plan that Iqbal had said would be finalized during the One Belt One Road summit in May.

He later promised that the plan would be made public once it gets finalized.

The progress review meeting on CPEC projects was attended by senior officials and representatives of provincial governments, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Gilgit- Baltistan, PoK and officials of the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad.

The JCC is the apex decision-making forum on the CPEC that is jointly chaired by the planning and development minister and the vice chairman of National Development and Reform Commission of China.

The meeting was informed about some obstacles to the Karachi Circular Railway project by the Sindh government. Iqbal directed the Ministry of Railways to resolve all outstanding issues relating to the project within a week.

The railway’s ministry was also directed to streamline work on the Mainline One project and finalize its financial arrangements at the earliest.
Reviewing the progress of special economic zones (SEZs), the minister asked the provinces to complete feasibility studies of their respective SEZs by the first week of November in order to get tangible outcomes with respect to industrial cooperation.

The Board of Investment was directed to review the feasibility studies so as to resolve any outstanding issue and ensure uniformity in the development pattern.

The board was also advised to undertake reforms for transforming the body into a modern investment agency to meet expectations of foreign investors.

The minister said that relocation of labour-intensive industry from China would benefit Pakistan to seize opportunities for bolstering the local industry as it would create 85 million jobs.

He said the Chinese side had been asked to fast-track implementation of projects in Gwadar and announced that the prime minister  .would soon perform the groundbreaking of Gwadar airport and 300 MW coal-fired power plant.

Besides the power plant, the electricity transmission and evacuation project for Gwadar was also under implementation to facilitate the entire Makran coastal belt.


Chinese company invests $500m in Gwadar residential project

LONDON: A leading Chinese investment company announced to invest $500 million in Gwadar in the first phase of a project aimed at building homes for around 500,000 incoming Chinese professionals expected in Gwadar by 2023.

China Pak Investment Corporation (CPIC) announced at a press conference that the partnership with Top International Engineering Corporation (TIEC), a Chinese state-owned company with over $100 Billion worth of projects delivered since 1950 to develop China Pak Hills.

The ceremony was attended by China Pak Investment Corporation officials Jian Zheng, Chief Operations Officer, Dawei Li, Spokesperson; Stuart Reid, Chief Operations Officer of ONE Investment, architect Vladimir Tchaly; legal Consultant Moshiur Mian and Syed Zeeshaan Shah, the Chief Executive Office of ONE Investment and former Apprentice Star.

Jian Zheng of China Pak Investment Corporation spoke about the relationship with TIEC and the opportunity that the One Belt One Road investment by the Chinese government offers Pakistan and particularly the Port City of Gwadar.

He said that China Pak Hills is an unprecedented development project, adding “China’s policy to unite emerging economies grappling similar aspirations towards development will someday soon, transform nations like Pakistan into developed economy status.”

“This vision has driven the partnership of The China Pak Investment Corporation and Top International Engineering Corporation to develop China Pak Hills formerly known as International Port City with the Gwadar Development Authority,” he added.

Moreover, Tchaly spoke about the vision and creativity that the design team offer and how these will be translated into a contemporary development for a community of over 10,000 residents.

Stuart Reid, COO of One Investments Ltd, said of the landmark project: “China Pak Hills is a unique and exciting opportunity.”

The level of investment and commitment made by the Chinese government in the CPEC guarantees that Gwadar is going to be one of the most important trading and access points in the world, he said.

He added, “[Gwadar’s] geographic position, combined with the infrastructure being created through the CPEC means that it can only grow exponentially.”

Zeeshan Shah, CEO of ONE Investment who starred in the 2013 version of the Apprentice, told Geo News that he had himself visited Gwadar about seven times in two years and found the area most peaceful and conducive for investment.

He shared that the exit and entry points of the whole Gwadar region are controlled by Pakistan army, providing top order security and safety.

“Gwadar has everything that an investor needs. It’s just another world where order exists and everyone working and living there will have foolproof security around them.

He said: “Spanning over 10 million sqft across three phases, China Pak Hills will be the first development of its kind in Gwadar.”

Describing the residential project, he said:  “a mixed-use gated development tailor-made for Chinese professionals in Gwadar, it will offer an all-encompassing lifestyle to live, work and play, with a host of facilities that will set the benchmark of future developments.”

The company building the model city has an annual turnover of around $10 billion, he shared,

“The aim of this project is to build infrastructure for the incoming influx of Pakistani and Chinese professionals. Growth in Gwadar will go up massively and it will need strong social infrastructure to cater for this need.”

Zeeshan Shah gave the example of a Chinese city Shenzhen which was a poor village in 1979 but it was developed on the Gwadar model.

He said the population of this town is now over 30 million, its annual growth stands at $250 million.

China is doing the same in Gwadar, its population will be going up by half a million in next six years, he remarked, adding “Gwadar offers tremendous opportunities. Once completed, it will become the most important port city in the World from both an economic and geopolitical perspective.”

The announcement hails an exciting new phase in the development of the port of Gwadar, the ‘Gateway City’ to the $62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the largest unilateral foreign direct investment from one nation into another.

The CPEC is set to catapult Pakistan’s stature as a key global trade and economic hub and includes a bouquet of projects currently under construction that will not only improve Pakistan’s infrastructure but will deepen the economic and political ties between China and Pakistan.

The China Pak Investment Corporation acquired GDA approved International Port City, which is under application in GDA to be renamed to China Pak Hills.