Pakistan’s Gawadar Port: Benefits to Pakistan and China and its economic viability
Javeria Khattak, Robina Khan
Pakistan is located at the center of the Indian Ocean, making it a coastal state. It executes 95 percent of its trade through blue, via its ports in Karachi and Gwadar. Gwadar Port is the mega project of ongoing developmental projects in Balochistan which is shaping the economy of the World. The port is creating opportunities and possibilities for promoting regional and international shipping and it will resuscitate trade links between China and CARs being the closest route to warm waters. Gwadar Port has a vast region to influence; stretching up to several breakaway states of the former Soviet Union in the north, to Iran, the Gulf, the Middle East, and East Africa in the west, to India and Sri Lanka in the south. Moreover, this deep port is serving the Gulf and East African ports with fast feeder services. It has a deep-water sea complementary to Karachi and Bin Qasim ports for enhancing cargo shipments and therefore it will be a mother port for Asia in the coming years. It is argued that Gwadar Port has enormous potential to benefit China and Pakistan and also have the potential for uplifting Pakistan’s economy.
Javeria Khattak, Robina Khan. Pakistan’s Gawadar Port: Benefits to Pakistan and China and its economic viability. International Journal of Social Science and Education Research, Volume 3, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 29-34