KARACHI: Ali Haider Zaidi, Federal Minister of Maritime Affairs of Pakistan visited Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry to have detailed consultative meeting with stakeholders and FPCCI leadership attended by Ghazanfar Bilour, President FPCCI, Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir, Senior Vice President FPCCI, Tariq Haleem, Waheed Ahmed, Vice Presidents FPCCI, and office-bearers at Karachi.
In this meeting, Ghazanfar Bilour, President FPCCI addressed various concerns pertaining to the maritime sector of Pakistan. He highlighted on the gigantic prospective maritime sector acquires to produce income for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan but due to lack of awareness, absence of right directional policies and counter-productive regulations the desired result could not be achieved.
Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir, Senior Vice President FPCCI also shed lights on the issues in detail related to all three ports of Pakistan. Initially he started off with presenting concerns of “The Gateway of Pakistan” i.e. Karachi Port and enlightened that the major concern at Karachi port is the turnaround time of ship calling due to which huge losses are being incurred
Tariq Haleem highlighted the concerns related to PNSC and advised that such policies and branding needs to be executed which would make PNSC a healthy competition in the market. He also advised that culture of coastal shipping needs to be revived by easing on regulations, procedures, custom and port charges so that inter-Pakistan sea transportation can commence soonest.
Before the meeting ended,Federal Minister Maritime Affairs Ali H. Zaidi revealed his efforts for the improvement of Maritime sector. He said,Our Traders (Shippers) pays around $4.2 billion to foreign shipping lines instead of our huge trade deficit which is the burden on our economy. Our biggest hurdle in progressive growth is trained human resource and our issues associated with technology. Technological advancement can cure the industrial bleed. He announced to set up suggestion and Complaint center at KPT Head Office at Karachi. Two ships are joining the PNSC Fleet that started their income from shipping fares.