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Dubai and Pakistan sign agreements to enhance marine and logistics relations

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DAVOS : The Governments of Dubai and Pakistan have signed two inter-governmental framework agreements to strengthen their relations in the marine and logistics sectors, including the potential establishment of a Dedicated Freight Corridor and Economic Zone near Karachi.

The agreements were signed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, by Shahid Ashraf Tarar, Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Communication, Railways and Maritime Affairs and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), Government of Dubai.

Emirati Multinational Logistics Company based in Dubai, DP World will act on behalf of the Dubai Government, while state-run Pakistan Railways and Port Qasim Authority will act on behalf of the Pakistan Government, for the development of the projects.

Dedicated Freight Corridor 

The Dedicated Freight Corridor is planned to run from Karachi Port on the Arabian Sea, passing through Karachi, Pakistan’s most populous city, to the Pipri Marshalling Yard, approximately 45 kilometres away.

This is expected to improve efficiency, transport times, and reduce the overall cost of logistics, according to the statement.

Headquartered in Lahore, Pakistan Railways is national, state-owned railway company, owning and operating nearly 8,000 kilometres of railway across the country, from Torkham in the northwest to Karachi in the south.

Qasim International Container Terminal 

A second framework agreement was signed with Pakistan’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs to dredge the navigation channel. DP World will carry out the capital dredging on behalf of the Government of Dubai.

Development of Economic Zone 

This framework agreement will also see the development of an economic zone at Port Qasim, which aims to attract more than US$3 billion of foreign direct investment. DP World, on behalf of the Government of Dubai, will carry out the development of the economic zone, aiming to maximise economic activity in Pakistan.

DP World began operations in Pakistan in 1997 at the Qasim International Container Terminal (QICT), the first box terminal in the country.

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