Pakistan Print 2022-11-11

Port Qasim at 81st spot on World Bank Container Port Performance Index

ISLAMABAD: Port Qasim stands at number 81 on the World Bank Container Port Performance Index. A meeting of the...
Published November 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Port Qasim stands at number 81 on the World Bank Container Port Performance Index.

A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs on Thursday expressed concerns over the Port Qasim Performance Index while discussing the challenges that the Port Qasim and Gwadar Port administrations face.

The meeting was held at the Parliament under the chairmanship of Senator Rubina Khalid, in which, the committee was briefed on Port Qasim and Gwadar Port Authority.

The committee was informed of the main business model of Port Qasim and that it is a multi-facility integrated port functioning under Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) concept.

Twelve terminals are currently being operated by private sector enterprises. One terminal and two berths are being operated by the PQA management.

It was heartening to learn that out of 370 major ports, Port Qasim, stood number 81 on the World Bank Container Port Performance Index.

The master plan of the PQA Industrial Zones was also shared with the Committee.

The committee was informed that the total area including port operation areas equals to 13,770 acres. Here 388 units are operational, whereas, 278 units are under construction. The committee while enquiring about the details of the bidding process directed the Port Authority to submit documentation so that the process could be minutely reviewed.

The committee also enquired about the details of safety measures taken at the Coal terminal.

Discussing the Gwadar Port Authority and its various projects the Committee was of the view that work was slow and stressed the need for it to be expedited. It was asserted that with minimal economic activity the port did not benefit the local populace. The Committee was informed of the challenges that the Port administration faces. It was asserted that lack of reliable and affordable power supply was a major impediment. In addition to this lack of pipelined gas, digital connectivity; foolproof seamless security; rail and road connectivity, visa regime; foreign currency account opening and regulatory framework were other issues that delayed work processes.

Chaired by Senator Rubina Khalid, the meeting was attended by Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, Senator Abida Muhammad Azeem, Senator Muhammad Akram, Senator Saifullah Abro, Senator Danesh Kumar, Senator Moula Bux Chandio, Senator Dost Muhammad Khan, Senator Mohammad Abdul Qadir and senior officers from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs; Port Qasim, Gwadar Port Authority along with all concerned.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022


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