KARACHI: National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR), Bahria University organized 3rd National Maritime Seminar here on Thursday. The theme of the seminar was China – Pakistan Economic Corridor: it’s Maritime Implications for Pakistan. Admiral (Retd) Shahid Karimullah , Former Chief of the Naval Staff graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, while Vice Admiral (Retd) Khalid Mohammad Mir was the Guest of Honour.
Admiral (Retd) Shahid Karimullah, addressing the ceremony said that the bilateral strategic planning from both countries; Pakistan and China with profound understanding of economic implications can benefit them simultaneously. He also commended the efforts of NCMPR to create awareness and assemble galaxy of experts to deliberate on such an emerging subject.
Earlier in his speech, Vice Admiral (Retd) Khalid Mohammad Mir stated that Pakistan is passing through economic transition and Gwadar is indeed a viable opening for prosperity and development of Pakistan. The employment opportunities generated by this project will definitely strengthen the economic stability in the region which in turn would uplift the current economic situation of Balochistan in particular and Pakistan in general.
Renowned scholars from all over Pakistan were invited to speak on the theme . In the first session, while keeping Gwadar in focus, Rear Admiral (Retd) Pervaiz Asghar talked about the increase of Pakistan’s share in the Global Maritime Economy. Mr. Khalid Rehman, DG IPS in his presentation, discussed the socio- political and diplomatic implications of the economic corridor and said that CPEC, though apparently a bilateral initiative holds several social, political and diplomatic implications not only for Pakistan and China but for the whole region.
Maritime Security Challenges were highlighted by Cdr Ali Abbas in the second session, He said that the expected economic boom out of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is coupled with maritime security challenges in traditional military as well as non-military domains which need to be catered to make this project a reality.
Later, Rector Bahria University Vice Admiral (Retd) Tanveer Faiz in his closing remarks, thanked the worthy Chief Guests, participants and the speakers. In addition, he mentioned about the substantial role of Pakistan Navy for the development of CPEC. He informed that more than 400 marines of Pakistan Navy’s Third Marines Battalions are providing security round the clock to Gwadar Port. Recently, Pakistan Navy has also decided to deploy two more marines battalions to enhance further security and cooperation.
Prominent dignitaries from trade and industry, stakeholders from maritime sector, naval officers, intellectuals and researchers were present during this significant gathering.