LONDON: Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi met his Qatari counterpart, Minister for Transport Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti on the sidelines of the International Maritime Organization Assembly meeting in London on Thursday (9th December).
The two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest with special focus on cooperation in maritime affairs, capacity building and port infrastructure development.
Minister Zaidi apprised the Qatari Minister of the steps being taken by Pakistan to advance the maritime sector including promotion of green and clean shipping.
Earlier Minister Zaidi held a fruitful meeting with Aishath Nahula, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of the Maldives. Port management and development as well as training and capacity building in the maritime domain came under discussion.
The Minister for Maritime Affairs is leading the Pakistan delegation at the biennial IMO Assembly Session being held in London from 6 – 15 December 2021.
Meeting with Secretary General IMO Kitack Lim
Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi along with members of the Pakistan delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met with Secretary General IMO Kitack Lim at the Organization’s headquarters in London on Wednesday (8th December). Matters of mutual interest including maritime issues came under discussion.
Minister Ali Zaidi apprised the IMO head of the Government’s various initiatives in the maritime sector including efforts to promote clean and green shipping. Secretary General Lim outlined IMO’s programmes and priorities.
Alluding to the importance Pakistan attached to the field of shipping, the Minister for Maritime Affairs informed the Secretary General that Pakistan’s Gwadar deep sea Port was being developed as a trans-shipment hub, which will play an important role in advancing regional trade and economic integration.
The Minister extended an invitation to the Secretary General to visit Pakistan on mutually convenient dates, which the Secretary General accepted.
Minister Ali Zaidi is leading the Pakistan delegation at the IMO Assembly Session being held in London from 6 – 15 December 2021.