KARACHI: A high-powered delegation from United Arab Emirates (UAE) visited Karachi and met with H.E. Faisal Sabzwari, Federal Minister For Maritime Affairs, Government of Pakistan.
The Abu Dhabi Ports Group (AD Ports) delegation was led by H.E. Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO and Managing Director of AD Ports Group along with his senior team. AD Ports Group is a UAE Government owned entity and the leading maritime and logistics provider from the Middle East.
The Group has taken a significant step towards enhancing regional connectivity and fostering economic growth in Pakistan by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Karachi Port Trust (KPT). The MOU paves the way for enhancing bilateral cooperation and increasing efforts in the development, expansion, and digitalization of port projects within Pakistan.
The MOU signing between Abu Dhabi Ports and Karachi Port Trust represents a shared vision to drive sustainable growth, promote trade diversification, and strengthen bilateral ties between the UAE and Pakistan. The collaboration encompasses a wide range of initiatives and projects aimed at enhancing port infrastructure, optimizing operational efficiencies, and embracing digitalization.
The Group will also attract foreign direct investment and leverage its technical expertise to conduct feasibility studies and analysis, to ensure commercial success of the project.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO and Managing Director of AD Ports Group, stated, “We aim to leverage our Group’s extensive experience and strong relationships with major shipping lines, to transform Karachi Port’s Container Terminal into a premier hub for transshipment as well as imported and exported cargo. In line with our wise leaderships’ vision for economic diversification, we anticipate that this collaboration will propel Karachi Port towards becoming a global hub of global trade and reinforce its significance as a key player in the trade and maritime industries, further stimulating economic prosperity in the region.”
Chairman KPT stated: “This partnership with Abu Dhabi Ports is a significant milestone for Karachi Port Trust. By combining our strengths and expertise, we are poised to unlock unprecedented growth opportunities for our port and the wider trade community. Together, we will work towards transforming Karachi Port into a world-class maritime hub that can effectively meet the demands of the evolving global trade landscape.”
AD ports have committed to invest in port infrastructure, special economic zone, run cargo rail and inland ports with a total investment of over 2 billion USD as direct foreign investment into Pakistan.