Uplift of ports urged for rapid development of Pakistan

Karachi: Experts have called for early reforms at the ports in order to improve Pakistan’s ranking in international ports, as well as, its rapid socioeconomic development.

Speaking at the International Conference and Exhibition of Multimodal Transportation and Logistics – INTERTRANS 2013 at a local hotel on Wednesday, the port and shipping, transportation and communications experts said that timing of container clearance at the Pakistani ports should be improved so that Pakistan’s trade with the outer world should be sped up.

They said that communications laws should also be amended necessarily so that congestion at the port and uncalled for hassles to the stakeholders would be avoided. This would also improve Pakistan’s ranking in port and shipping.

Speakers were of the opinion that there are immense problems at the ports regarding containers’ handling and clearing and many recommendations and proposals have been given by the experts and government could minimize the stakeholders’ problems by implementing them.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Port Qasim Authority, Agha Jan Akhtar said that before turning Gwadar port into a model port and linking it with the Central Asian Countries we should improve communications, coordination and road network should be developed. He emphasized on holding of multimodal transportation and logistics’ conferences like INTERTRANS should be held regularly in order to improve coordination between stakeholders in the trade i.e. railways, National Logistics Corporation, National Highways, Customs, road transport operators, etc.

He said that such events are vital for improving the performance of such organizations in their working and minimise the stakeholders’ complaints.

The experts said that supply chain in transportation and international trade is immensely important and there is a need to improve our supply chain system besides ports and shipping and customs clearance at the ports.

The experts said that the safe transportation of cargo is much more important than timely movement of freight as quality and quantity of cargoes needs to be secured on international standard.

Prominent speakers were included, Director General National Centre for Maritime Policy, Vice Adm Rtd Asaf Humayun, Chairman International Chamber of Commerce ICC, Tariq M Rangoonwala, Airport Manager CAA, Afsar Malik, Executive Director, Taq Organization, Ras Masud, Hon Secretary IMMT Geneva, Capt. Raffat Zaheer, Ali Abbas Jafery, Engro Foods, M Asif Hafeez, Managing Director Gulf Trading, Egypt, Hanif Ajari, Technical Advisor, Safa Board and Wajihuddin Ahmed, GM APL Logistics and gave their presentations.

Managing Director Pegasus Consultancy, Aamer Khanzada in his welcome address announced to hold INTERTRANS exhibition and Conference in different cities and on different twice a year.