ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information General (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa on Saturday said that first bulk cargo ship has reached the port city of Gwadar. “The cargo ship namely MV Manet that is part of Afghan Transit Trade is carrying wheat and urea,” said Asim Bajwa who is also Chairman of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority (CPECA). In his tweet, he said with this development a dream had come true for local economy as it would stimulate host of business activity in the country. The cargo containers would be transported by road to Afghanistan. Afghanistan, a landlocked country mostly rely on Pakistani overland routes for its international trade and for this purpose the two countries signed Afghan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) in 2010 to use two seaports in Karachi for transportation of the goods to and from Afghanistan. However the deep sea port at Gwadar offers a much shorter rout for Afghan’s cargo. First cargo ship carrying containers for Afghan transit trade had arrived at Gwadar in January this year. The port is a center part of the mega project of CPEC being executed with assistance of China to improve connectivity between the two countries in particular and with the whole region in general. CPEC is a multi billion project of around $60 billion which includes various projects such as construction of road and railway infrastructure, electricity projects, airports, special economic zones, agriculture, and the projects for socio-economic development of the local communities.
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