The first bulk cargo ship containing wheat and Urea arrived at Gwadar informed Gen Asim Bajwa (Retd), special assistant to prime minister on information. The goods are meant to be transported to Afghan as part of the Afghan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA).
Afghanistan is a landlocked country and relies on Pakistani overland routes for its international trade. The deep sea port at Gwadar offers a much shorter route for Afghan cargo. The first cargo ship carrying containers for Afghan transit trade had arrived at the Gwadar in January this year.
Bajwa tweeted “First bulk-cargo ship “MV Manet” carrying wheat n urea of Afghan Transit trade reached Gwadar this week-a dream come true for local economy as it will stimulate host of business activity.
The port is the center part of the $60 billion mega project of CPEC being executed with the assistance of China to improve connectivity between the two countries, in particular, and with the whole region. It includes construction of roads and railways infrastructure, electricity projects, airports, special economic zones, agriculture, and the projects for the socioeconomic development of the local communities.