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The Economic Viability of Gwadar Port: An Economic Hub for Maritime Trade
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 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 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.
Hikmat Shah Afridi
PhD, Department of Politics & IR, International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan.
PhD Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of Kebangsaan, Selangor, Malaysia
PhD Scholar, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan.