In a bid to capitalize on the rise of regional integration, a Malaysian delegation on Wednesday expressed its interest to help develop projects like ferry service operation, construction of dedicated terminals at Pakistani ports and establishment of the industry in the Gwadar port free zone.
The visiting delegation was briefed by Bizenjo about ongoing projects being executed by the ministry and the future plans for the development of the maritime sector.Minister for Ports and Shipping emphasized the importance of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar Port, stating that the port held a central place in CPEC and would be a transshipment hub in the future.
He said the government had announced incentives, including income tax and customs duty exemptions for the Gwadar Free Zone Area. Participants of the meeting were briefed that the ministry had taken an initiative to allow the public and private sector to start the ferry service to facilitate tourists and pilgrims to Iran and the Middle East. This would stimulate economic growth through the tourism industry.
It also discussed that modern dedicated terminals for liquefied natural gas (LNG), coal and clinker and containers have been completed at Karachi Port and Port Qasim.The delegation was also apprised that Pakistan had announced complete tax exemptions for import and registration of ship
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