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KARACHI: Tariq Haleem, present Chairman UBG Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs & Gwadar Development, Tuesday said Pakistan receives about 140–145 million acres feet (MAF) of water per year. Out of this about 20 MAF goes into the sea and about 40 MAF is lost due to mismanagement in the inland waterways, canals, etc.

The need of the hour is to develop inland waterways for transportation of goods which will result in multiple benefits for the country including but not limited to water management, flood control, better output from the agriculture sector, aquatic tourism, creation of thousands of jobs etc, if this is implemented hand in hand with improvements in rail transport, this will InshaAllah turn around the economy of Pakistan.

Congratulating congratulated BMP win of President, Senior Vice President and 6 Vice President’s seats and UBG winning 5 seats of Vice Presidents of the FPCCI. He expressed the hope that the new team at FPCCI will work to protect and promote the interests of the entire business community of Pakistan during 2022.

Tariq Haleem said that UBG would like to thank the voters for such a strong turnout and keen interest on 30-Dec-2021. He on behalf of UBG assures the business community of their continuous attention and efforts for them.

Tariq Haleem said I am available 24/7 as usual for any problems or services for the Maritime Sector, Communications & Gwadar Development. The Business Community should feel free to contact me on email, WhatsApp & phone for any assistance whatsoever.

It is part of the World War II history that General Douglas MacArthur when withdrawing from the Philippines in March 1942 said “I shall return.”

When he returned to the Philippines in October 20, 1944 he announced on radio “People of the Philippines, I have returned”.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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