Chairman Karachi Port Trust Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed signs deals with Director General, Department of Transport of Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China

Karachi, May 28, 2015 (PPI-OT): A 6 member’s delegation of the Guangdong Province, China, led by Mr Liu Zhigeng, Vice Governor, Guangdong Province of China, visited Karachi Port Trust today, for signing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for strengthening of port and shipping connectivity and for establishing cooperation between Guangdong Provincial Transportation Department and Karachi Port Trust.

It was signed by Chairman KPT Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed and Director General, Department of Transport Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China, Mr Zeng Zhaogeng. It acknowledges the existing friendly relations between Pakistan and China and fulfils the desire of strengthening the existing friendly relations through cooperative activities as ports in Guangdong Province, China, and Karachi Port Trust, Pakistan, are transportation hubs of the two countries.

The MOU envisages promoting cooperation in port and shipping logistics, strengthening communications and establishing closer ties between the two countries. The ceremony was well attended by Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael, Chairman KPT Vice Admiral (R) Shafqat Jawed and other top officials of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping and KPT apart from the 6 member delegation of Guangdong Province, China, that called on Karachi Port Trust Head Office today, the 28th May 2015.

It was informed during the signing ceremony that both the Karachi Port Trust and Guangdong Province ports have agreed mutually agreed to cooperate in the field of freight and logistics, especially in port and shipping industry, thus serving the import, export and transhipment of goods from Guangdong Province.

They agreed on jointly studying policies for promoting the development in freight and logistics of both the signing parties of MOU for strengthening freight and logistics information connectivity for facilitating and accelerating customs clearance for the reduction of companies’ logistics cost. It was also agreed that both the parties will boost all round cooperation in investment and operation by the port logistics of their respective countries.

With regards to improving professional and management skills of the managers of the port and shipping industry, it was agreed by Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and Guangdong Province ports to carry out professional education and training in the field of port and shipping and logistics.

Provision has been kept for further consultations on cooperation and other issues of common concern as both the parties have endeavour to engage the administrative authorities and industry associations of the respective two countries for maintaining constant contact and for sending their representatives to visit each other for communication advancement.

Moreover, both the signatory countries undertook to strengthen friendly relations and cooperation in port logistics which will eventually promote extensive communication and cooperation in the economy of the districts where the ports are located.

For more information, contact:
Karachi Port Trust (KPT)
KPT Head Office Building,
Eduljee Dinshaw Road,
Karachi-74000 Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99214358, +92-21-99214542, +92-21-99214530-40
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