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Ali Zaidi, Japanese envoy discuss development at Korangi harbour

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi on Thursday discussed development projects for Korangi Fish Harbour with Japanese envoy.
The minister met with Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Kuninori Matsuda and economic and development counsellor Tokita Yuji and emphasised to expedite the process so that work could start once the situation gets normal after COVID-19 pandemic.
The projects include modification of auction hall, establishment of a business park and cold storage-freezing tunnel at Korangi Fish Harbour. The projects will help in complying with standards set by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), European Union and Seafood importing countries.
Ali Zaidi cited the exemplary revival of post-World War II Japanese economy reiterated the significance of ‘looking-inward’ strategy whereby the development of human capital is given prime importance.
“In Pakistan, we have the skill set which just needs some polishing. Cost of production is low due to competitive labour and our exchange rate is favourable for the export sector. All we need is to create an environment. Our people and our nation will excel like none other,” minister remarked.
Ali Zaidi proposed a dedicated technology-oriented industrial zone for Japanese companies at Port Qasim. They discussed establishing an institute for fishermen where the next generation of a workforce related to deep sea fishing will be trained.
The Japanese Ambassador also mentioned a MOC signed between Japan and Pakistan last year whereby Pakistanis could get the opportunity to gain employment in the fisheries and maritime sector. Ali Zaidi vouched for the employment of Pakistani seafarers by Japanese shipping lines.
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