QUETTA: On his one-day visit to Gwadar, Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed an event before the inauguration of several projects. He highlighted that some areas in the country are developed, while other areas, including Balochistan, remained underdeveloped.
Imran Khan on Monday performed the groundbreaking of phase two of the Gwadar Free Zone (GFZ) and launched a number of other development and infrastructure projects including an expo centre, agriculture industrial park and three factories.
During a single-day visit to Gwadar, the premier also inaugurated phase one of the GFZ, reviewed the progress on various development projects, and witnessed the signing of a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs).
He was given a detailed briefing on the progress of the south Balochistan development package in line with the government’s efforts of focusing on the province.
Highlighting the importance of the Urdu language, the premier lauded Chief Minister Jam Kamal for his “excellent speech”, but lamented that had he delivered it in Urdu, 90% of the population could have understood it better.
“I dream of Pakistan’s future — and I have grown up in Pakistan. This nation is headed towards becoming a great country,” he said, adding: “Gwadar is becoming a focal point for Pakistan, which will benefit the country, especially Balochistan.”
The premier said he had come to visit Gwadar for two reasons — to inaugurate the Gwadar Free Zone Phase 2 and for the development of Balochistan.
The prime minister said works on energy and water supplies to the city were underway, and this would help Gwadar grow.
“These projects were moving at a slow pace before, but now they are developing at a better pace,” he said.
The premier, shedding light on why the country should expedite CPEC and remove hurdles in business related to it, said Chinese exporters were aiming to install such industries that would help Pakistan increase its exports.
“Unfortunately, we have never focused on exports, and it will help bring in dollars,” he said, adding that Pakistan has always been at the mercy of the International Monetary Fund as export-led growth.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the Gwadar Free Zone, the Expo Centre and Agricultural Industrial Park, during his visit to the port city today (Monday).
The prime minister will inaugurate three factories in Gwadar under the vision to boost economic activity.
The prime minister will be given a detailed briefing on the progress of the South Balochistan Development Package in line with the government’s vision of focusing on Balochistan.
On the occasion, agreements will be signed on the solarisation of the region and the setting up of a desalination plant to solve the problems of Gwadar related to water and electricity.
The prime minister will address the diplomats, foreign investors and the Chinese workers.
He will also address a gathering of local elders, students and business leaders.