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Bilateral cooperation between Turkey, Pakistan to reach new heights in 2020

Turkish delegation met with Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi on Friday

By Web Desk
February 15, 2020
Photo: Ministry of Maritime Affairs 

A Turkish delegation led by Transport and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan and Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi met on Friday as part of the historic visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Islamabad.

Accompanied by Secretary, Maritime Affairs Rizwan Ahmed, Additional Secretary Nadir Mumtaz Waraich and Joint Secretary Kamran Faroq Ansari the delegation met with the Turkish delegation to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two sides.

The Turkish minister emphasized on bilateral cooperation in the shipping sector whereby Pakistan can be assisted in shipyard operations by exchanging technology and experience, a press release from the   Maritime Affairs said.

It added Pakistani manpower will be given preferential opportunities in Turkish companies. Once agreed upon the details and other necessary protocols, bilateral MOUs will be signed to ensure expeditious implementation.

The Turkish side also showed interest in China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and expressed their support for infrastructure development of Pakistan. Pakistan and Turkey have a long history of relations whereby both countries have stood with each other in thick and thin.

Zaidi during the meeting disclosed the salient features of Pakistan's new shipping policy to the guests, which includes tax exemptions for the ships registered in Pakistan and preferential berthing rights. He also invited Turkish companies to establish their industries in Export Processing Zones being established in the port cities of Karachi and Gawadar. Pakistan has a huge potential for the development of coastal cities and tourism industry and in the coming couple of years, some projects which have been in the planning will be launched that will altogether revolutionize the maritime sector of Pakistan.

The Turkish minister was also informed about the potential of Maritime EXPO being planned in Karachi later this year. Turhan accepted the invitation to attend and also invite the Turkish Companies to participate as well. 

Pakistani side in cognizance of the issues faced by our seafarers requested the Turkish side to facilitate them and ease their VISA restrictions. Their employment on Turkish ships was also discussed as Pakistani seafarers have been lauded worldwide for their professionalism, the statement added.