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PM Imran Khan visit to Gwadar for ground breaking of new development projects

The major projects to be kick-started would be North Gwadar Free Zones (FZ), enterprises in Gwadar FZ, Gwadar expo building, and other factories.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday will pay a day-long visit to Gwadar to review progress on different development projects and break ground for other mega projects.

During his visit, the prime minister accompanied by members of his federal cabinet is also expected to witness the signing of a number of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) including implementation agreement 1.2 MGD desalination plant and solar generators grant for Balochistan.

According to information available with APP Digital, the prime minister would be briefed on the ongoing development projects in the area where he is also expected to interact with the authorities concerned and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) workforce.

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He would also perform groundbreaking of North Gwadar Free Zones (FZ), enterprises in Gwadar FZ, Gwadar expo building and other factories.

The prime minister will also address a ceremony and interact with the local populace.

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Though video links, it is also expected that expression of commitment for investment in Gwadar would be made by the Chinese investors and by the ambassadors of Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Kenya and Qatar.

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Gwadar Smart City Master Plan

The officials revealed the projected details of the Gwadar Smart City Master Plan; the population of which is expected to exceed two million people in the long-term with high-paid expatriate professionals accounting for up to 80 percent of the population.

The city is likely to attract high commercial activity since the government will provide a tax-free zone there. Pakistan’s largest international airport had been inaugurated earlier this year in the new city.

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The officials further projected that high-tech industries would be established, mega shopping malls, luxury resorts, and manmade islands too would be created eventually in and around Gwadar.

Gwadar’s GDP per capita to be 10 times that of Pakistani average

The master plan has been prepared by the Chinese state-owned company China Communications Construction Company along with Pakistan’s Minister of Planning and Development, and Gwadar Development Authority.

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APP with additional input by GVS News Desk